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Oct 4, 2013

Sam Lowes On Provisional World Supersport Pole Position At Magny-Cours

FIM Supersport World Championship: Sam Lowes (11).
FIM Supersport World Championship
Magny-Cours, France
October 4, 2013
Provisional Qualifying Session One Results (wet conditions, all on Pirelli tires):

1. Sam LOWES, UK (Yamaha YZF-R6), 1:42.144
2. Kenan SOFUOGLU, Turkey (Kawasaki ZX-6R), 1:42.531
3. Lorenzo ZANETTI, Italy (Honda CBR600RR), 1:42.721
4. Christian IDDON, UK (MV Agusta F3 675), 1:42.950
5. Vladimir LEONOV, Russia (Yamaha YZF-R6), 1:43.119
6. Kev COGHLAN, UK (Kawasaki ZX-6R), 1:43.189
7. Michael VD MARK, Netherlands (Honda CBR600RR), 1:43.275
8. Ronan QUARMBY, South Africa (Honda CBR600RR), 1:43.348
9. Roberto TAMBURINI, Italy (Honda CBR600RR), 1:43.382
10. Fabien FORET, France (Kawasaki ZX-6R), 1:43.394
11. Roberto ROLFO, Italy (MV Agusta F3 675), 1:43.539
12. Riccardo RUSSO, Italy (Kawasaki ZX-6R), 1:43.628
13. Florian MARINO, France (Kawasaki ZX-6R), 1:43.707
14. Mathew SCHOLTZ, South Africa (Suzuki GSX-R600), 1:43.792
15. Jack KENNEDY, Ireland (Honda CBR600RR), 1:43.794
16. Alex BALDOLINI, Italy (Suzuki GSX-R600), 1:43.889
17. Luca SCASSA, Italy (Kawasaki ZX-6R), 1:43.987
18. Raffaele DE ROSA, Italy (Honda CBR600RR), 1:44.153
19. Danny WEBB, UK (Honda CBR600RR), 1:44.571
20. Massimo ROCCOLI, Italy (Yamaha YZF-R6), 1:44.585

28. Corey ALEXANDER, USA (Honda CBR600RR), 1:47.190

More, from a press release issued by PTR Honda:

PTR HONDA's Danny Webb took a fighting 19th in provisional qualifying for Sunday's 12th and penultimate round of the World Supersport Championship at Magny Cours in France.

The Londoner suffered a heavy crash in the morning session and his PTR technicians worked hard to get him out on track for qualifying. Danny said: "Every outing is a learning exercise and with a wet track in the morning and dry in the afternoon we have had it all. There are still improvements to come from me and the bike, so I am looking forward to seeing what we can achieve tomorrow."

PTR debutant Lee Johnston enjoyed an impressive start with 12th in the morning damp session and backed that up with 22nd in the afternoon. Still learning about his bike, the team, tyres and track, he is showing real promise.

Luca Marconi in 24th rode consistently and will be looking for more speed and an improved grid position in final qualifying.

New to World Championship racing, Corey Alexander from the USA was 28th. A good achievement in his first outing with the team, on a new bike, at a new circuit and with challenging weather conditions, he is expected to keep getting better all weekend.

Nacho Calero in 29th has some work to do to improve tomorrow and get to the top 20 that is his target for the race, which starts at 1330CET on Sunday, October 6th.

Simon Buckmaster, PTR Honda Team Manager: "Danny had a big crash in the morning and the team did very well to rebuild his bike and get him out in qualifying. 19th is a good start and he continues his progress in the class, we think he can go a fair bit faster still.

"Lee has really impressed us with his raw speed and determination first time in the class and with the team. He looks like he belongs here and he has obvious potential. Luca is riding OK but there is so much more to come from him and we all know it. We'll be working with him to get him fired up for tomorrow.

"Corey has taken a massive step forward in coming to this class and he is riding well on a difficult first day. He has ability and determination and with more time on the bike we expect to see him climbing the timesheets.

"Nacho is behind where we anticipated, so we will be talking with him to find out what we can do to improve for next practice and final qualifying."

Provisional qualifying
1: S Lowes 1:42.144
2: K Sofuoglu +0.387
3: L Zanetti +0.577
4: C Iddon +0.806
5: V Leonov +0.975
6: K Coghlan +1.045
19: D Webb PTR HONDA +2.427
22: L Johnston PTR HONDA +2.801
24: L Marconi PTR HONDA +3.216
28: C Alexander PTR HONDA +5.048
29: N Calero PTR HONDA +5.329.

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

Pata Honda’s Zanetti confident after day one

Lorenzo Zanetti took a provisional front row spot in today’s opening qualifying session for Sunday’s penultimate 2013 World Supersport championship race at Magny-Cours in France.

The 26-year-old Italian found a groove in variable weather conditions at the 4.411km circuit to qualify just behind championship protagonists Sam Lowes, who took provisional pole, and last round winner Kenan Sofuoglu.

Zanetti’s team-mate Michael van der Mark, 20, who finished on the podium last time out at Istanbul in Turkey, was seventh fastest today, but the young Dutch ace is confident of further improvement in tomorrow’s final qualifying session.

Lorenzo Zanetti – P3, 1m42.731s

For the first day I am quite happy. It was a little wet this morning and then a bit half-and-half later but I was comfortable. I had a good feeling in the dry, too, and when we put in the softer tyre the result was OK. We are not at lap record pace but the conditions were not so good but it was important to get a good position today in case of rain tomorrow. Race pace is OK but there are a couple of place on the track where I know I can improve.

Michael van der Mark – P7, 1m43.275s

I think we can be quite happy today. The conditions were a little bit so-so this morning but we went out to do a lot of laps and I finished in P3, so that was quite OK. The track is new for me on the Supersport CBR600RR so I need to find the right gears and stuff but qualifying was not too bad in the end. I was quite consistent but I need some more speed for tomorrow.

Pieter Breddels – technical co-ordinator

The weather was a little variable today and the track was wet but drying in the morning. It was dry this afternoon and Lorenzo was near the top of the charts all through the session. Because the weather is a little unstable his third place could be very important. Michael has also been in touch throughout the day but has little problems in the last two splits. There are a couple of things we can improve for tomorrow, but it’s been a pretty good start to the weekend.