After Crutchlow's crash at Imola, which threw the title race wide-open, the Supersport race at Magny-Cours produced more of the same as Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar Honda) paid back the favour by crashing out immediately after passing the Yamaha man.
The Irish rider managed to
get back on the bike, with his fairing hanging off, but could only finish 13th, a result that leaves the gap between the two at 19 points. Crutchlow now just needs six points at Portimao to claim the Supersport title in his rookie season.
The win, after the race had been red-flagged two laps from the end with oil on the track, went to Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Motocard.com), his first this year and the second in his career. Third place went to Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda).
There was an exciting scarp for fourth, which went to Anthony West (Stiggy Racing Honda), who got the better of Mark Aitchison (Honda Althea), Andrew Pitt (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) and Katsuaki Fujiwara (Kawasaki Motocard.com).