WSS: Lowes untouchable as he takes pole at Donington

Lowes was untouchable at home track

Photo: World SBK
Local hero Sam Lowes was the first rider to sit in provisional pole under the sun at Donington Park, however he was soon to be knocked off by Irish rookie Jack Kennedy who set the first time within the 1.30’s. However it wasn’t long until Yakhnich Motorsport rider Lowes was back on top and setting lap times of 1.31.633. 
Reigning world champion Kenan Sofuoglu wasn’t far behind Lowes in second position, with a gap of just under half a second separating the two for the opening half an hour of qualifying. Lowes proved a force to be reckoned with this afternoon and wasn’t challenged for the remainder of the session. The 22 year old shaved 0.581 off his first time setting four fastest laps along the way. His time of 1.30.276 put him firmly in pole position ahead of his main rival Kenan Sofuoglu who was 0.457 back in second. Australian Glen Richards rounds out the front row on his Triumph, 0.824 behind Lowes however he crashed out with just over 2 minutes of the session to go; preventing him from setting a faster time. Florian Marino moved up the order with 10 minutes of the session to go and will start tomorrows race from fourth position, heading the second row. Pata Honda rider Lorenzo Zanetti sits in sixth position ahead of Jack Kennedy who slipped down from third position where he sat for the majority of the session. Scot Kev Coghlan will start from the back of the fourth row at his home round, after getting into the top ten with three minutes to go the Kawasaki rider slipped down into 12th position. 
Results below:
1. Sam Lowes (Yakhnich Motorsport) Yamaha YZF R6 1’30.276
2. Kenan Sofuoglu (MAHI Racing Team India) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’30.733
3. Glen Richards (Smiths Triumph) Triumph Daytona 675 1’31.100
4. Florian Marino (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’31.339
5. Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport) Honda CBR600RR 1’31.361
6. Jack Kennedy (Rivamoto) Honda CBR600RR 1’31.382
7. Christian Iddon (ParkinGo MV Agusta Corse) MV Agusta F3 675 1’31.410
8. Sheridan Morais (PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR 1’31.448
9. Vladimir Ivanov (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’31.600
10. Fabien Foret (MAHI Racing Team India) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’31.602
11. Luca Scassa (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’31.662
12. Kev Coghlan (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’31.718
13. Raffaele De Rosa (Team Lorini) Honda CBR600RR 1’31.801
14. Riccardo Russo (Puccetti Racing Kawasaki) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’31.841
15. Billy McConnell (Smiths Triumph) Triumph Daytona 675 1’31.859
16. Roberto Rolfo (ParkinGo MV Agusta Corse) MV Agusta F3 675 1’31.986
17. David Linortner (Team Honda PTR) Honda CBR600RR 1’32.012
18. Gabor Talmacsi (Prorace) Honda CBR600RR 1’32.040
19. Luca Marconi (PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR 1’32.230
20. Michael Vd Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport) Honda CBR600RR 1’32.272
21. Alex Baldolini (Suriano Racing Team) Suzuki GSX-R600 1’32.277
22. Massimo Roccoli (Team Pata by Martini) Yamaha YZF R6 1’32.324
23. Andrea Antonelli (Team Goeleven) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’32.334
24. Mathew Scholtz (Suriano Racing Team) Suzuki GSX-R600 1’32.733
25. Matt Davies (Team Honda PTR) Honda CBR600RR 1’32.783
26. Vladimir Leonov (Yakhnich Motorsport) Yamaha YZF R6 1’33.006
27. Sam Hornsey (RLR Motorsports) Suzuki GSX-R600 1’33.152
28. Nacho Calero Perez (Honda PTR) Honda CBR600RR 1’33.606
29. Riccardo Cecchini (Team Lorini) Honda CBR600RR 1’33.646
30. Tony Coveña (Nito Racing) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’33.718
31. Balazs Nemeth (Complus SMS Racing) Honda CBR600RR 1’33.819
32. Alex Schacht (Racing Team Toth) Honda CBR600RR 1’33.828
33. Mitchell Carr (AARK Racing) Triumph 675 R 1’33.922
34. Imre Toth (Racing Team Toth) Honda CBR600RR 1’34.099
35. Yves Polzer (Team MRC Austria) Honda CBR600RR 1’34.679
36. Eduard Blokhin (Rivamoto) Honda CBR600RR 1’36.965
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