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Oct 19, 2013

Sam Lowes Claims FIM World Supersport Pole Position At Jerez

FIM Supersport World Championship: Sam Lowes (11).
FIM Supersport World Championship
Jerez, Spain
October 19, 2013
Final Qualifying Results (all on Pirelli tires):

1. Sam LOWES, UK (Yamaha YZF-R6), 1:43.118
2. Roberto ROLFO, Italy (MV Agusta F3 675), 1:43.560
3. Kenan SOFUOGLU, Turkey (Kawasaki ZX-6R), 1:43.611
4. Vladimir LEONOV, Russia (Yamaha YZF-R6), 1:43.674
5. Christian IDDON, UK (MV Agusta F3 675), 1:44.255
6. Michael VD MARK, Netherlands (Honda CBR600RR), 1:44.330
7. Alex BALDOLINI, Italy (Suzuki GSX-R600), 1:44.409
8. Lorenzo ZANETTI, Italy (Honda CBR600RR), 1:44.410
9. Riccardo RUSSO, Italy (Kawasaki ZX-6R), 1:44.613
10. Sheridan MORAIS, South Africa (Kawasaki ZX-6R), 1:44.647
11. Danny WEBB, UK (Honda CBR600RR), 1:44.706
12. Fabien FORET, France (Kawasaki ZX-6R), 1:44.711
13. Raffaele DE ROSA, Italy (Honda CBR600RR), 1:44.756
14. M. FACCANI, Italy (Honda CBR600RR), 1:44.757
15. Massimo ROCCOLI, Italy (Yamaha YZF-R6), 1:44.766
16. David SALOM, Spain (Kawasaki ZX-6R), 1:44.775
17. Roberto TAMBURINI, Italy (Honda CBR600RR), 1:44.965
18. Ronan QUARMBY, South Africa (Honda CBR600RR), 1:45.030
19. Kev COGHLAN, UK (Kawasaki ZX-6R), 1:45.093
20. Jack KENNEDY, Ireland (Honda CBR600RR), 1:45.089

28. Corey ALEXANDER, USA (Honda CBR600RR), 1:47.350

More, from a press release issued by PTR Honda:

PTR HONDA'S Danny Webb improved his lap time to secure 11th on the grid for tomorrow's 13th and final round of the 2013 World Supersport Championship at Jerez in Spain.

After a tumble late in qualifying yesterday, the Londoner took time to work up to full speed in qualifying today. Danny said: "It's not too bad, it's 11th. I was hoping for a bit better but put too much pressure on myself at the beginning. In the first two runs I tried to go fast and was tense. Last time out I relaxed and got the time. I need to keep it fast and flowing. If I can get a good start in the race then I can try to get away with the group in front."

Lee Johnston was 16th in morning free practice and secured 23rd in qualifying, just ahead of Luca Marconi in 24th and Nacho Perez in 25th. Corey Alexander in 28th couldn't match his time from yesterday after a crash this morning meant a race to get his bike rebuilt in time for qualifying. After a small technical problem caused by the crash was fixed he had lost significant time and any opportunity to improve. The race takes place at 1330CET on Sunday, October 20th.

Simon Buckmaster, PTR Honda Team Manager, said: "Danny was a bit stiff and sore after yesterday's crash and while he improved his time he was trying too hard to begin with. It is a good feeling that we are all a little bit disappointed not to have qualified higher. I am confident we can still find more speed in warm up ahead of the race.

"Lee is struggling for more confidence in the front, so we will sit down with him and see what we can do in warm up. He is doing well but couldn't match his pace from this morning. We need to understand that and put it right.

"Luca tried hard and has improved in time but not position. We need to find more for him. Nacho has improved and his approach is good. He always races better and wants to finish the season on a high with a top 20 finish.

"Corey had a massive crash this morning and then we lost a lot of time in the session fixing a technical problem caused by the crash. Well done to the team for getting the bike back together in time to get him out in qualifying at all. It's a learning curve for him and with a good warm up he can have a strong race."

More, from a press release issued by Pata Honda Supersport Team:

Pata Honda riders in Spanish Supersport hunt

Michael van der Mark will start tomorrow’s final 2013 World Supersport championship race from the second row of the grid after setting the sixth fastest time in today’s second qualifying session at Jerez in Spain.

The Dutch rider qualified two places ahead of his Pata Honda team-mate Lorenzo Zanetti, who was eighth fastest today, while recently-crowned world champion Sam Lowes took pole position.

Van der Mark and his crew found an improvement to the setting on his Pata Honda CBR600RR for today’s qualifying session and the 20-year-old is confident of a further step up during warm-up tomorrow to allow him to challenge for a podium finish in the 20-lap race at the 4.423km Jerez circuit.

Zanetti suffered a small crash early in the final qualifying session this afternoon which upset the Italian rider’s rhythm, but the 26-year-old is planning a strong challenge during tomorrow’s race.

Michael van der Mark – P6

To be honest it’s been quite a difficult weekend so far, but this afternoon we made a big, big improvement for qualifying. Immediately I was quite happy with the bike and the race pace is not too bad. I think there are a couple of things we can still improve and we have learned this year that I am not a one-lap wonder. But I’m quite consistent and I think with some small changes for the race we can be near the front.

Lorenzo Zanetti – P8

I am a little frustrated because I started immediately this afternoon with a good lap time compared to this morning and yesterday. We changed the rear tyre for the second outing and immediately I crashed which upset my rhythm and my feeling for the bike. The team fixed the bike and I was able to get close to my best time but, unfortunately I missed the first two rows.

More, from a press release issued by Kawasaki:

Front Row Start At Season End For Sofuoglu

WSS, Jerez, Spain, 19 October 2013

Kawasaki Mahi Racing Team India rider Kenan Sofuoglu scored third in qualifying and will start the 20-lap WSS race at Jerez from the first row, with his team-mate Fabien Foret on the fourth row.

With Kenan tied on five race wins apiece with new champion Sam Lowes, the Turkish Ninja ZX-6R rider is eager to win the final race to end up with more victories to his credit at the end of the season than any other rider.

Kenan is still working with his team to find a final race set-up but he is confident that he will be able to stay at the front on raceday, in what is scheduled to be a 20-lap race.

Foret would have finished qualifying higher up had he and his team been able to find a front end set-up solution earlier in the weekend but Foret is prepared for another run through the field to end his season on a high, and make sure he retains third place in the ranking in style.

Riccardo Russo (Puccetti Kawasaki) placed ninth today, only just ahead of Sheridan Morais (Go Eleven Kawasaki) who was tenth on the grid.

For David Salom (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) the final qualifying session delivered him to 16th place. Kevin Coghlan (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini) was a disappointed 19th but is set for an improvement on raceday in Spain. Salom’s team-mate Matthieu Lagrive (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) will start the race on Sunday from 22nd one the grid.

Franco Morbidelli (San Carlo Team Italia Kawasaki) won the Superstock 600 European Championship outright on his Ninja ZX-6R by finishing the ten-lap Jerez race in second place. In third place, just behind Morbidelli on track, Alessandro Nocco (San Carlo Team Italia Kawasaki) earned second in the final championship rankings, after Christian Gamarino (Go Eleven Kawasaki) was only 11th in the Spanish race. Gamarino still finished third in the championship, making it a 1-2-3 for Kawasaki.

Kenan Sofuoglu: “At the moment we are working to improve the bike and today it looks like we improved a lot. In terms of lap times we are getting faster in every session but in the last lap of qualifying Sam Lowes put in a fast time. It was about half a second faster but the race is a long story, because it is 20-laps, and normally we are very strong then. The race should be a different story and we are going to have to fight hard to try to win this race.”

Fabien Foret: “We had a few issues with the front today but we found the problems with about 15-20 minutes to go in the qualifying session, and I went out again to try and go quicker. There was not much time left and I improved my best lap by about one second. That was good and we could have made it even better. I have to work from another not perfect position on the grid but it is not as bad as the last round. We should find an extra something tomorrow to fine tune the bike and for the race. I always find some extra for raceday and I am usually always better in races than in practice. Hopefully I can have a good one tomorrow and all things are possible.”