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Apr 27, 2013

Sam Lowes Claims World Supersport Pole Position At Assen

FIM Supersport World Championship: Sam Lowes (11) in action on his Yamaha YZF-R6.
FIM Supersport World Championship
Assen, Netherlands
April 27, 2013
Combined Qualifying Results (all on Pirelli tires):

1. Sam LOWES, UK (Yamaha YZF-R6), 1:38.375
2. Kenan SOFUOGLU, Turkey (Kawasaki ZX-6R), 1:39.018
3. Fabien FORET, France (Kawasaki ZX-6R), 1:39.266
4. Jack KENNEDY, Ireland (Honda CBR600RR), 1:39.350
5. Roberto ROLFO, Italy (MV Agusta F3 675), 1:39.445
6. Luca SCASSA, Italy (Kawasaki ZX-6R), 1:39.544
7. Vladimir LEONOV, Russia (Yamaha YZF-R6), 1:39.552
8. Florian MARINO, France (Kawasaki ZX-6R), 1:39.661
9. Vladimir IVANOV, Russia (Kawasaki ZX-6R), 1:39.740
10. Andrea ANTONELLI, Italy (Kawasaki ZX-6R), 1:39.815
11. Michael VD MARK, Netherlands (Honda CBR600RR), 1:39.835
12. Christian IDDON, UK (MV Agusta F3 675), 1:39.928
13. Gabor TALMACSI, Hungary (Honda CBR600RR), 1:39.982
14. Lorenzo ZANETTI, Italy (Honda CBR600RR), 1:39.988
15. Massimo ROCCOLI, Italy (Yamaha YZF-R6), 1:40.009
16. Kev COGHLAN, UK (Kawasaki ZX-6R), 1:40.086
17. Riccardo RUSSO, Italy (Kawasaki ZX-6R), 1:40.286
18. Raffaele DE ROSA, Italy (Honda CBR600RR), 1:40.413
19. Alex BALDOLINI, Italy (Honda CBR600RR), 1:40.440
20. Mathew SCHOLTZ, South Africa (Suzuki GSX-R600), 1:40.505
21. Sheridan MORAIS, South Africa (Honda CBR600RR), 1:40.903
22. Kevin VAN LEUVEN, Netherlands (Yamaha YZF-R6), 1:40.920
23. Alex SCHACHT, Denmark (Honda CBR600RR), 1:41.094
24. Luca MARCONI, Italy (Honda CBR600RR), 1:41.106
25. Roberto TAMBURINI, Italy (Suzuki GSX-R600), 1:41.188
26. David LINORTNER, Austria (Honda CBR600RR), 1:41.554
27. Nacho CALERO PEREZ, Spain (Honda CBR600RR), 1:41.746
28. Dino LOMBARDI, Italy (Yamaha YZF-R6), 1:41.885
29. Balazs NEMETH, Hungary (Honda CBR600RR), 1:41.887
30. Mitchell CARR, Australia (Triumph Daytona 675R), 1:42.451
31. Matt DAVIES, Australia (Honda CBR600RR), 1:43.810
32. Yves POLZER, Austria (Honda CBR600RR), 1:44.048
33. Fabio MENGHI, Italy (Yamaha YZF-R6), 1:44.087

Not Qualified

34. Eduard BLOKHIN, Russia (Honda CBR600RR), 1:45.626




More, from a press release issued by PTR Honda:

THE PTR technicians worked tirelessly to get all riders out and qualified for tomorrow's third round of the World Supersport Championship after a brace of crashes at the Assen circuit in Holland.

Sheridan Morais crashed in the morning practice and injured his shoulder, which then hampered him during qualification. He ended up 21st on the grid and is seeking medical advice on how to manage the pain ahead of tomorrow.

Luca Marconi, fourth in the first practice session, suffered a crash near the end of qualifying and lost the chance to improve from 24th.

First of the PTR Honda rookies, David Linortner, qualified 26th and is hoping to make his first finish in the race tomorrow.

Nacho Calero in 27th is looking for a strong result in the race. Matt Davies in 31st was lucky to qualify after a major crash in the morning wrote his bike off. The team worked to get him out in time for the last minutes of qualifying so he can claim a place on the starting grid at 1330 CET tomorrow, April 28th.

Simon Buckmaster, PTR Team Manager: "We hope Sheridan is feeling better for tomorrow after his crash this morning on cold tyres. He has injured his shoulder but with medical assistance we are hoping he regains mobility as he is struggling with direction changes. The team did a great job repairing his bike and getting him out in qualifying.

"In fact it's been a fantastic job by the team with every rider crashing already this weekend. The starting positions for the race do not reflect the hard work and amazing efforts by the PTR team.

"We are doing all we can to push through these problems and go for the best results possible and appreciate everyone's on-going support. Our results will come."




More, from a press release issued by Kawasaki:

Mahi Racing Team India Duo On Assen Front Row

WSS, Assen, Netherlands, 27 April 2013

Kawasaki Mahi Racing Team India team-mates Kenan Sofuoglu and Fabien Foret took their Ninja ZX-6R machines to second and third places respectively in qualifying, hoping for even more pace on raceday.

After losing the first day to the rain neither rider is yet 100% satisfied with their race set-up to take on the 21-lap race but each also knows the direction they want to take in warm-up tomorrow to make the jump from podium contenders to potential winners.

Each rider has a win to his credit in 2013 so far, with Kenan on top in Australia and Fabien the winner last time out at Aragon. After one day of wet practice and qualifying and one of dry riding Assen has provided a wide range of possible conditions already but each rider hopes they will encounter a dry track on Sunday.

Luca Scassa (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) was sixth at a circuit he knows well and was the next closest Kawasaki rider to Sofuoglu and Foret, in sixth place, and therefore the final rider on the second row.

Florian Marino (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres), who replaces injured regular rider David Salom once again, put his machine eighth on the grid for a third row start.

Vladimir Ivanov (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team) won the personal duel within the Italian based team by going ninth overall, with his team-mate Kevin Coghlan (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team) in 16th. Andrea Antonelli (Goeleven Kawasaki) was tenth after the second qualifying session.

Kenan Sofuoglu: “I think that at the moment the final set-up of the bike is not quite right because yesterday it was wet and we only had today to work on the dry settings. It normally takes one day to get the set-up, like at Aragon, when Friday was difficult for me but on Saturday we made a big improvement on the bike. Right now I know what we need to do, some points to change, and we are pretty sure it going to work. We found the problem this morning, made a change, but a little bit too much. I think in warm-up I have to find all the things and make them work perfectly. I think it should work.”

Fabien Foret: “The first row is always the target but I am a racer so I always want more. This afternoon we were able to maybe go a bit faster, if maybe not able to get pole position. This is not the most important thing but it is more important to improve my bike. We have some room left with the set-up tomorrow, and we have to see the conditions. As long as there is no rain that will be OK. The warm-up will be important for us to confirm what I think because I need a little something extra to make sure we are on the podium on the right step.”




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

Tough Supersport day for Pata Honda

Michael van der Mark will start tomorrow’s third-round World Supersport race from the fourth row of the grid after setting the 11th fastest time in this afternoon’s final qualifying session at Assen in The Netherlands.

Despite being just 0.7s from a front row start, van der Mark’s Pata Honda team-mate Lorenzo Zanetti will start from 14th on the grid for tomorrow’s 21-lap race at the 4.542km circuit, after British rider Sam Lowes secured pole position.

Michael van der Mark – P11, 1m39.835s

It was a bit frustrating today and the guys were working really hard, but it was like we hit a wall every time we went out. We need to find a big improvement on the bike, but I think we’ll find it tomorrow because the guys always give more than 100%. I’m struggling a bit in the last two sectors and losing a lot of time there, so this is an area where we will concentrate and hopefully bring something to the race.

Lorenzo Zanetti – P14, 1m39.988s

I went quite hard early on in the qualifying session this afternoon and was running in fifth place when I had a small crash on my third lap. Luckily the guys were able to fix the bike so I could go out again, but I was missing some rhythm and a bit of concentration. I still improved a little but not enough and I think Mikey [van der Mark] also had some problems because the time is similar. We need to do some more work on the set-up for tomorrow but I’m sure we will have something to try in the warm-up.

Pieter Breddels – technical co-ordinator

We are a little disappointed with the results actually, and we are paying the price for a lack of track time. Both the riders are new to Supersport at Assen and yesterday was lost because of the rain so we haven’t had enough time to find the right setting for them. In the end, Michael was 11th and Lorenzo 14th, after a small crash. We have a lot of data here from previous years, so we’ll work hard to overlay that with what we got from today and make a plan for tomorrow, when we hope to be able to fight nearer to the front.