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Sep 21, 2012

Sam Lowes On Provisional World Supersport Pole Position In Portugal

Sam Lowes (11).
FIM Supersport World Championship
Portimao, Portugal
September 21, 2012
Qualifying Session One Results (all on Pirelli tires):

1. Sam LOWES, UK (Honda CBR600RR), 1:46.080
2. Jules CLUZEL, France (Honda CBR600RR), 1:46.374
3. Fabien FORET, France (Kawasaki ZX-6R), 1:46.399
4. Broc PARKES, Australia (Honda CBR600RR), 1:46.522
5. Florian MARINO, France (Kawasaki ZX-6R), 1:46.827
6. Kenan SOFUOGLU, Turkey (Kawasaki ZX-6R), 1:46.965
7. Dan LINFOOT, UK (Kawasaki ZX-6R), 1:47.027
8. Massimo ROCCOLI, Italy (Yamaha YZF-R6), 1:47.230
9. Sheridan MORAIS, South Africa (Kawasaki ZX-6R), 1:47.289
10. Vittorio IANNUZZO, Italy (Triumph Daytona 675), 1:47.332

More, from a press release issued by PTR Honda:

PTR HONDA'S Jules Cluzel is provisionally second on the grid for Sunday's 12th and penultimate round of the World Supersport Championship at Parkalgar in Portugal after getting to grips with the tough to learn circuit incredibly quickly.

Ronan Quarmby on his PTR Honda is in an unusual 25th place and will be looking to improve dramatically tomorrow. Riders PTR Honda's Martin Jessopp is 28th on his first visit to the track. Sam Lowes on a Bogdanka PTR Honda is on provisional pole position. There are practice and qualifying sessions tomorrow before the race takes place at 1330 GMT on Sunday, September 23rd.

Jules: "I really like the Parkalgar track, it is very challenging to ride and learn. My PTR Honda is performing very well and I am happy with my pace today. There are things we can improve with the bike and my lines so I am looking forward to the rest of the weekend."

Ronan: "I don't know what went wrong today, I couldn't get my head round the circuit. Tomorrow is another day, so I will be back trying my best and hope to improve my position."

Martin: "Parkalgar is mega. It is very hard to learn but I am really enjoying it at the same time. There are so many blind crests and corners and have got to be dedicated before seeing the track coming. Well done to Jules on setting such a quick time on his first visit here. I tried all three tyres in the qualifying session and left the worst until the end so wasn't able to improve my time. I am confident there is more to come and I can go quicker on the right tyre tomorrow."

Simon Buckmaster, PTR Honda Team Manager: "It is Jules first time at Portimao and he has shone from the word go. Grip was down this afternoon and we will work to improve that for tomorrow. Ronan struggled today and is off the pace but we will work as a team and sit down and discuss the situation to come back fighting tomorrow. Martin is taking time to get to grips with the technical Portimao circuit and is looking to improve tomorrow."

More, from a press release issued by Bogdanka PTR Honda:

BOGDANKA PTR HONDA's Sam Lowes took provisional pole for the penultimate round of the World Supersport Championship at Portimao in Portugal today and is confident of keeping his momentum throughout the weekend.

Mathew Scholtz on the other Bogdanka PTR Honda started the weekend by learning another new circuit but quickly got to grips with the demanding Portimao track to end the opening day in 18th position and he's confident of making more progress tomorrow.

Bogdanka Honda PTR's Adrian Pasek made his World Supersport debut ahead of Sunday's race by posting 30th time in the first qualifying session but after finding the right feeling with a new bike, the Polish youngster aims to go much faster tomorrow.

Sam Lowes: "We had a few problems in the morning but worked round them for the qualifying. The track wasn't too fast today but we've made a good step with the bike and will keep working towards the race tomorrow. We have a few things to try in the morning and will work on our race pace but things are looking good. I'm enjoying the track and looking forward to the rest of the weekend."

Mathew Scholtz: "It's my first time here so during the morning practice I was just focusing on learning the track and going faster. We worked on the setup ahead of the first qualifying; trying to improve the bike for the rest of the weekend as we've been told it will be a hot and sunny weekend. We're tried to find a good base setup for the race and even if I'm down in 18th position on the provisional grid, I'm not unhappy, because I know we can go a lot quicker tomorrow. We saw in Germany that the race pace wasn't as high as in qualifying so the main focus is to have a good race setup."

Adrian Pasek: "It was a good start. I've raced here last year in the European Superstock 600 Championship, but I had to learn the track again; not the layout itself but the small things, like bumps, braking points and things like that. I've felt a lot more confident on the track in the afternoon but I'm still learning the bike. I started getting the right feeling in the afternoon but didn't manage to put a clean lap in, so I'm confident we can go a lot faster tomorrow. It was tough today, but it's a good start."

Simon Buckmaster, Bogdanka PTR Honda Team Manager: "It's been a good first day for Sam, he's improved from this morning and is looking in great shape for tomorrow. The Portimao circuit is new to Mathew and he's had a solid first day and will improve again."

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