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May 24, 2013

Sam Lowes Claims Provisional World Supersport Pole Position At Donington Park (Updated)

FIM Supersport World Championship: Sam Lowes (11) in action Friday at Donington Park.
FIM Supersport World Championship
Donington Park, England
May 24, 2013
Qualifying Session One Results (wet conditions, all on Pirelli tires):

1. Sam LOWES, UK (Yamaha YZF-R6), 1:43.642
2. Kenan SOFUOGLU, Turkey (Kawasaki ZX-6R), 1:44.758
3. Mathew SCHOLTZ, South Africa (Suzuki GSX-R600), 1:45.294
4. Gabor TALMACSI, Hungary (Honda CBR600RR), 1:45.309
5. Jack KENNEDY, Ireland (Honda CBR600RR), 1:45.718
6. Christian IDDON, UK (MV Agusta F3 675), 1:45.770
7. Kev COGHLAN, UK (Kawasaki ZX-6R), 1:45.873
8. Raffaele DE ROSA, Italy (Honda CBR600RR), 1:46.133
9. Andrea ANTONELLI, Italy (Kawasaki ZX-6R), 1:46.141
10. Alex BALDOLINI, Italy (Suzuki GSX-R600), 1:46.228

More, from a press release issued by PTR Honda:

PTR HONDA'S Luca Marconi is 12th on the provisional grid for Sunday's fifth round of the World Supersport Championship at Donington Park in the UK, after battling cold, wet and drying track conditions.

David Linortner showed promising form to qualify provisional 16th as his confidence continues to grow after his first points score of the season in Monza. Sheridan Morais in 21st, was not on a fast lap at the end of the session when track conditions were at their best. He is aware the forecast for tomorrow is much better and confident of a big improvement.

Nacho Calero and Matt Davies are 28th and 30th, it was the first time for both here on a Supersport machine and they have never ridden in such cold but wet conditions. Both will use this experience to be more competitive in similar conditions next time. There are further practice and qualifying sessions tomorrow before the race takes place on Sunday, May 26th at 1330GMT.

Simon Buckmaster, PTR Honda Team Manager: "Luca in 12th is not far off his best ever qualifying position and that is positive. David in 16th is also good as that is one of this best qualifying performance of the season to date and shows he is now riding with confidence after scoring points at the last round.

"Sheridan has qualified safely in 21st after not being on a fast lap at the end when track conditions weren't their best. He has proved he has the same pace as the front group but needs a better qualifying if he is to trouble the podium as we know he can.

"Nacho and Matt having never ridden in such cold and wet conditions struggled but will take this learning experience for the future. We expect both to be much more competitive tomorrow in better conditions"

Provisional Qualifying
1: Lowes 1:43.642
2: Sofuoglu 1:44.758
3: Scholtz 1:45.294
4: Talmacsi 1:45.309
5: Kennedy 1:45.718
6: Iddon 1:45.770
12: Marconi, PTR Honda 1:47.089
16: Linortner PTR Honda 1:47.432
21: Morais PTR Honda 1:48.487
28: Calero PTR Honda 1:52.149
30: Davies PTR Honda 1:55.300
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