Sep 1, 2013
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by David Swarts
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FIM Supersport World Championship
September 2, 2013
Race Results (all on Pirelli tires):
1. Sam LOWES, UK (Yamaha YZF-R6), 19 laps, 37:44.290
2. Fabien FORET, France (Kawasaki ZX-6R), -7.481 seconds
3. Kev COGHLAN, UK (Kawasaki ZX-6R), -11.393
4. Lorenzo ZANETTI, Italy (Honda CBR600RR), -12.250
5. Michael VD MARK, Netherlands (Honda CBR600RR), -15.408
6. Riccardo RUSSO, Italy (Kawasaki ZX-6R), -16.243
7. Roberto TAMBURINI, Italy (Honda CBR600RR), -16.338
8. Jack KENNEDY, Ireland (Honda CBR600RR), -20.086
9. David SALOM, Spain (Kawasaki ZX-6R), -21.569
10. Fabien MARINO, France (Kawasaki ZX-6R), -21.837
35. Kenan SOFUOGLU, Turkey (Kawasaki ZX-6R), -10 laps, DNF, crash
World Championship Point Standings (after 10 of 13 races):
1. Sam Lowes, 185 points
2. Sofuoglu, 131
3. Foret, 121
4. VD Mark, 91
5. Zanetti, 86
6. Scassa, 69
7. Kennedy, 64
8. Antonelli, 55
9. Marino, 53
10. TIE, Coghlan/Rolfo, 51
More, from a press release issued by Yamaha Racing:
Lowes Steps Closer to World Supersport Title with Yamaha
Yakhnich Yamaha World Supersport rider Sam Lowes took another step closer to championship victory today after scoring his fifth win of the season at the Nurburgring circuit in Germany, round ten of the World Supersport Championship.
Lowes made a less than perfect start from pole, his eighth of the season, but recovered well and had pushed his YZF-R6 back into the lead of the race by the third lap. By mid race he had built a comfortable lead over Championship rival Kenan Sofuoglu who then crashed out, allowing Lowes to cruise to his fifth win of 2013.
Teammate Vladimir Leonov was close to joining Lowes on the Nurburgring podium. Having qualified well and started from fourth, Leonov was running in third after Sofuoglu crashed out and a podium finish was on the cards until a technical issue forced him to retire with just four laps remaining, relinquishing third place in the process.
The victory puts Lowes on 185 points, 54 clear of Sofuoglu with four races remaining. Teammate Leonov sits in 12th on 48 points, 3 behind Roberto Rolfo in 11th. The team now move to Istanbul for the next race on 15th September.
“I would just like to say I don't like to win a race like that, Kenan was pushing hard and I didn't want to see him crash. Even after what has happened after the last few races I like battling with him. I want to win this championship a lot but I don't want it to hinge on a mistake by him. Racing is racing; I knew that if I stuck to my pace it would be hard for him. I saw the gap get a little bit bigger, then he pushed on and made a mistake. I want to thank my team who gave me a fantastic bike today and thank you to Yamaha for helping out as well. It’s been a great weekend, hopefully I can carry that on for the next few races.”
More, from a press release issued by Kawasaki:
Foret Second And Coghlan Third But Sofuoglu Crashes Out
WSS, Nürburgring, Germany, 1 September 2013
Kawasaki Mahi Racing Team India riders Fabien Foret and Kenan Sofuoglu had very differing fortunes the Nürburgring as Kevin Coghlan (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini) scored his first WSS podium in third.
Foret finished an eventual convincing second and was in a podium place for the whole 19-lap race, tucked in behind Sofuoglu on lap one until Lowes went past a lap later. By half race distance Foret had a 3.4 second advantage over the following rider, and realising he could not affect the pace of the race winner Sam Lowes he rode to take the 20 points for second place.
Sofuoglu set a new lap record twice, the final new best coming on lap eight, a 1’58.072 in his pursuit of race leader Lowes. Kenan, behind in the points battle before raceday started, was determined to win and simply pushed too hard. He was unable to restart after he fell at turn 11. Kenan ended his day 54 points behind Lowes with only three rounds to go, but the next race is on home soil in Turkey, where he expects to challenge hard for the race win.
After coming from a bad start to take a podium finish Kevin Coghlan (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini) gave himself and his team a first podium in their current form. The Scot has come close to a top three finish before but this time it was his turn to make the leap upwards. He pushed hard when it counted to hold off the attentions of Lorenzo Zanetti on the final lap.
Riccardo Russo (Puccetti Racing Kawasaki) was sixth today while David Salom (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) improved from 11th on the grid to 9th despite making an incorrect rear tyre choice. Florian Marino (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) scored a top ten, right behind Salom, while Luca Scassa (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) found set-up issues holding back his pace and he finished 13th, scoring points.
The next round is at Istanbul Park in Turkey, on September 15th.
Kenan Sofuoglu: “I was pushing too much. Sam was really fast in race pace and I tried to stay with him. I found out that I did not set up the bike really perfectly. I think and in some places I was losing time, but Sam was really fast anyway. His pace was better than what I expected but I just did not give up. I knew I could finish second easily but I preferred to try to win the race and I knew I could crash so I chose to try to win the race. I knew it would be difficult. There is now a home race for me in Turkey and I will try to win the race again.”
Fabien Foret: “I tried to stay with the two boys at the front but I had my moment also where I was close to crashing, two laps before Kenan did and at the same corner. For me that was it. The pace was quite high so I could not catch up so I just concentrated on riding too the finish. I did not think today I could not do any better than I have done.”
Kevin Coghlan: “I had a bit of a bad start but then I managed to work my way through and in the last couple of laps I had enough pace to get past Russo and Zanetti. We have had some pace all year and some crashes mixed in with good results but the team have been supporting me and pushing me on. I hope we can get a podium or two more before the end of the year.”