WSS: Lowes pips Sofuoglu to the line in Assen

Lowes turned pole into a win in Assen

Sam Lowes pipped Kenan Sofuoglu to the line by just 0.026 of a second, to win his first race of 2013 at Assen.

Reigning world champion Kenan Sofuoglu got the whole-shot into turn one ahead of Yahknich Motorsport rider Sam Lowes and led in the opening laps. All riders got through the opening turns safely which left Sofuoglu and Lowes to pull an early gap of 1.5 seconds on the other 30 riders. 
Irish rookie Jack Kennedy led the fight for third position ahead of Sofuoglu’s MAHI Racing Team India teammate Fabien Foret. Up at the front Lowes wasn’t hanging about, setting the fastest lap in lap three, which helped him to take the lead from Sofuoglu four laps later, following a mistake from the Turk. 

By lap 11 a battle had developed for the top step of the podium between Lowes, Sofuoglu and Foret. Lowes seemed to give the lead away to Sofuoglu with Foret creeping up behind. However, on lap 17 of 21 it turned into a two man battle, dropping off Foret. 
Whilst the battle for first was on-going, a fight for fourth was in full swing which ended with just a second covering four riders. Irishman Jack Kennedy missed out on a fourth position finish after loosing out on the final chicane. Local rider Michael Vd Mark pulled out all the stops at his home race, improving 7 places on his qualifying position of 11th. 

The lead changed 7 times in the closing laps, with Lowes crossing the line as the victor after a classic last lap at Assen, pipping Sofulogu to the win on a pass entering the final chicane. 

Results below:

1. Sam Lowes (Yakhnich Motorsport) Yamaha YZF R6 34’51.011
2. Kenan Sofuoglu (MAHI Racing Team India) Kawasaki ZX-6R 34’51.037
3. Fabien Foret (MAHI Racing Team India) Kawasaki ZX-6R 34’58.239
4. Michael Vd Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport) Honda CBR600RR 35’09.938
5. Florian Marino (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) Kawasaki ZX-6R 35’10.015
6. Roberto Rolfo (ParkinGo MV Agusta Corse) MV Agusta F3 675 35’10.190
7. Jack Kennedy (Rivamoto) Honda CBR600RR 35’10.785
8. Kev Coghlan (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team) Kawasaki ZX-6R 35’13.512
9. Andrea Antonelli (Team Goeleven) Kawasaki ZX-6R 35’19.464
10. Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport) Honda CBR600RR 35’20.038
11. Christian Iddon (ParkinGo MV Agusta Corse) MV Agusta F3 675 35’20.431
12. Vladimir Leonov (Yakhnich Motorsport) Yamaha YZF R6 35’25.514
13. Massimo Roccoli (Team Pata by Martini) Yamaha YZF R6 35’26.432
14. Riccardo Russo (Puccetti Racing Kawasaki) Kawasaki ZX-6R 35’26.497
15. Vladimir Ivanov (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team) Kawasaki ZX-6R 35’28.014
16. Gabor Talmacsi (Prorace) Honda CBR600RR 35’29.480
17. Raffaele De Rosa (Team Lorini) Honda CBR600RR 35’30.309
18. Mathew Scholtz (Suriano Racing Team) Suzuki GSX-R600 35’31.147
19. Alex Schacht (Racing Team Toth) Honda CBR600RR 35’55.933
20. Kevin Van Leuven (United Gebben Racing) Yamaha YZF R6 35’56.104
21. Nacho Calero Perez (Honda PTR) Honda CBR600RR 35’56.517
22. David Linortner (Team Honda PTR) Honda CBR600RR 36’06.548
23. Mitchell Carr (AARK Racing) Triumph 675 R 36’25.983
24. Dino Lombardi (Pata by Martini Team) Yamaha YZF R6 35’03.301
25. Yves Polzer (Team MRC Austria) Honda CBR600RR 35’24.756
26. Roberto Tamburini (Suriano Racing Team) Suzuki GSX-R600 35’11.721
RT. Luca Scassa (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) Kawasaki ZX-6R 25’08.290
RT. Matt Davies (Team Honda PTR) Honda CBR600RR 18’04.653
RT. Alex Baldolini (Team Lorini) Honda CBR600RR 13’43.824
RT. Balazs Nemeth (Complus SMS Racing) Honda CBR600RR 13’48.329
NS. Sheridan Morais (PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR 
NS. Luca Marconi (PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR 
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