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Kenan Sofuoglu is forced to settle for second-best behind Sam Lowes at his rival's home circuit of Donington Park.

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prof-x - Unregistered

May 28, 2013 4:02 PM

I think whats really amazing is Sam is on a new bike this year and it seems like they have the bike setup for him before he even gets on the bike for the first practice.

Is Alex (cough) Lowes doing track days on an R6?

I am wondering if it isn't traction control/electronics that is doing Kenan in right now, being the big disparity. I think Cal's bike was only working the engine breaking, because Yamaha felt it would slow down the straight line speed, maybe this is the explains disparity in straight line speed between Kenan's & Sam's bike.


May 28, 2013 6:37 PM
Last Edited 826 days ago

This is obvious that yamaha better than all bikes on corner acceleration traction control electronics braking but just except top speed. This explains the situation now and we saw the same story on Cal Crutchlow, Chaz Davies, Luca Scassa and now Sam Lowes. The key point is that i think Luca Scassa won races with R6 easily on his first SSP year but now he don't have rhtym to catch Sam-Kenan. This explain how R6 is a perfect bike, for me.

pp916 - Unregistered

May 28, 2013 7:32 PM

OK, if the Yamaha is a superior bike why is there only one at the front of the field and where was Sam Lowes team-mate on the second team bike? Pretty much the same place he's been all year and Leonov is no mug.

I know some people just hate to give credit where its due and praise the rider but even for the biggest Kenan fan its got to be hard to deny that Sam is riding to an exceptional standard at the moment.

Wooo - Unregistered

May 29, 2013 2:36 AM

The yamaha R6 is the best bike in Supersport history.

You can take it to the museum and back and it will win.

If Lowes doesn't win the championship this year don't blame the bike.

prof-x - Unregistered

May 29, 2013 3:18 AM

Leonov really hasn't done anything interesting since his podium in Russia last year, big surprise huh?

I have to hand it to Lowes though, hes a pretty modest guy, hopefully Kenan and Kawasaki can get the electronics to provide the ability to more easily control his rear wheel speed accordingly in the turns.

Its clear hes pushing his rear while sam's rear wheel just flows perfectly though the turns. Gotta get that rear wheel to sync better Kawasaki.

Boo - Unregistered

May 29, 2013 9:06 AM

The Yamaha may be the best handling back on the grid, but it loses out massively in terms of straight line speed. At one point at Monza, out of a grid of 35 or so riders, only 2 bikes were slower than Lowes in a straight line.

That was very obvious come race day when he kept being overtaken in a straight line. The fact he could still win at Monza with a bike so far down on pace is remarkable.

Perhaps the reason Lowes is doing so well is that Yakhnich have tuned the bike specifically to handle better - it seems Lowes needs a bike that gives him handling confidence, not beans down the straight.

The bike is good, but Lowes is still the main difference I think - the way he rode at Assen and Monza, then dominated Donington deserves more credit than some people with sour grapes are willing to give him.

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