WSS: Lowes snatches pole from Marino

Britain’s Sam Lowes has qualified on pole position for tomorrow’s World Supersport race at Monza after he stole the top spot from young Frenchman Florian Marino in the closing seconds of QP2 this afternoon. The

Lowes stole pole in the last few seconds of qualifying

Photo: Yamaha Racing

session was somewhat of a blank canvas as unlike in yesterdays QP1, the track was dry.

Frenchman, Florian Marino – riding as replacement for the injured Davide Salom at the Intermoto Kawasaki squad found himself quite comfortable at the top of the timesheets for a large part of the session with only championship contenders Sam Lowes and Kenan Sofuoglu looking likely challengers. It looked as though the Frenchman, who was dropped from the Mahi Racing squad at the end of last season despite being told he had a ride for 2013, was going to
secure his career first pole position as he remained on top of the timesheets as the chequered flag fell. However, a rapid lap from the Yakhnich Yamaha rider saw him go 2 tenths faster on his last attempt.

Mahi Racing’s Sofuoglu rounds out the front row ahead of Italian Lorenzo Zanetti on the PATA Honda. It was an impressive outing for the Puccetti Kawasaki team taking fifth and sixth with Stefano Cruciani and Riccardo Russo respectively, while PATA honda rookie Michael van der Mark put his Honda in 7th. Scot Kev Coghlan who came into the session on top after posting the fastest wet time in the Friday session finished a respectable 8th place on the DMC Lorenzini Kawasaki ahead of Fabien Foret and  PTR Honda’s Luca Marconi.

Irishman Jack Kennedy qualified in 17th place whilst Christian Iddon on the MV Augusta F3 placed 26th.

Times below.

Monza – FIM Supersport World Championship – Qualifying 2

1. Sam Lowes (Yakhnich Motorsport) Yamaha YZF R6 1’47.899
2. Florian Marino (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’48.154
3. Kenan Sofuoglu (MAHI Racing Team India) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’48.417
4. Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport) Honda CBR600RR 1’48.504
5. Stefano Cruciani (Puccetti Racing Kawasaki) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’48.658
6. Riccardo Russo (Puccetti Racing Kawasaki) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’49.058
7. Michael Vd Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport) Honda CBR600RR 1’49.129
8. Kev Coghlan (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’49.132
9. Fabien Foret (MAHI Racing Team India) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’49.204
10. Luca Marconi (PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR 1’49.386
11. Mathew Scholtz (Suriano Racing Team) Suzuki GSX-R600 1’49.446
12. Sheridan Morais (PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR 1’49.495
13. Raffaele De Rosa (Team Lorini) Honda CBR600RR 1’49.546
14. Luca Scassa (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’49.699
15. Alex Baldolini (Team Lorini) Honda CBR600RR 1’49.875
16. Vladimir Ivanov (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’49.936
17. Jack Kennedy (Rivamoto) Honda CBR600RR 1’49.964
18. Gabor Talmacsi (Prorace) Honda CBR600RR 1’49.978
19. Matt Davies (Team Honda PTR) Honda CBR600RR 1’50.388
20. Roberto Rolfo (ParkinGo MV Agusta Corse) MV Agusta F3 675 1’50.465
21. Vladimir Leonov (Yakhnich Motorsport) Yamaha YZF R6 1’50.467
22. Roberto Tamburini (Suriano Racing Team) Suzuki GSX-R600 1’50.547
23. David Linortner (Team Honda PTR) Honda CBR600RR 1’50.564
24. Andrea Antonelli (Team Goeleven) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’50.644
25. Nacho Calero Perez (Honda PTR) Honda CBR600RR 1’50.711
26. Christian Iddon (ParkinGo MV Agusta Corse) MV Agusta F3 675 1’51.128
27. Imre Toth (Racing Team Toth) Honda CBR600RR 1’51.197
28. Balazs Nemeth (Complus SMS Racing) Honda CBR600RR 1’51.355
29. Alex Schacht (Racing Team Toth) Honda CBR600RR 1’51.399
30. Yves Polzer (Team MRC Austria) Honda CBR600RR 1’52.101
31. Dino Lombardi (Pata by Martini Team) Yamaha YZF R6 1’52.565
32. Mitchell Carr (AARK Racing) Triumph 675 R 1’52.697
33. Alessia Polita (VFT Racing) Yamaha YZF R6 1’53.144
34. Eduard Blokhin (Rivamoto) Honda CBR600RR 1’54.232
35. Massimo Roccoli (Team Pata by Martini) Yamaha YZF R6 2’02.790

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