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Cluzel takes pole after Lowes tumble

Jules Cluzel takes pole position at Donington Park after a crash for Sam Lowes rules him out of much of the session.
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Jules Cluzel has followed up his maiden World Supersport Championship win at Monza by claiming his first pole position at Donington Park.

The Frenchman, who triumphed with an impressive performance in the damp at Monza, made the most of an error by Sam Lowes to emerge top of the timesheets with a new record-breaking lap.

The only rider to dip below 1min 30.931secs, Cluzel's fastest time came just as provisional pole sitter Lowes dropped his similar Bogdanka PTR Honda at the final corner having looked on course to smash the lap record by at least four tenths of a second.

With the bike rolling as it clipped the kerb, Lowes was forced to sit out the final 20 minutes of the session. Nonetheless, though he lost out to Cluzel, his Friday lap time was still good enough to secure second on the grid.

Completing a Honda 1-2-3, Broc Parkes made late gains to get his Ten Kate machine onto the front row, while championship leader Kenan Sofuoglu halted the CBR600RR rout by getting his Kawasaki into fourth position.

Parkes's late improvements also prevented Triumph getting onto the front row for the first time since 2010, Glen Richards nonetheless an impressive fifth fastest on the wild-card Smiths Gloucester Daytona 675.

Joining him on the second row will be his team-mate Billy McConnell, the Australian holding down fourth for a time before slipping to an eventual seventh. Between them will be South African Sheridan Morais, while Massimo Roccoli flies the flag for Yamaha in eighth.

Valentine Debise starts a strong ninth on the privateer SMS Honda, ahead of fellow Frenchman Fabien Foret, the Intermoto Step Kawasaki rider making improvements but falling short of his key title rivals. Ronan Quarmby and the third of the Smiths Gloucester Triumphs ridden by Luke Mossey complete the third row.

Elsewhere, fellow British riders Martin Jessopp and Kieran Clarke will start their home round from 19th and 21st on the grid respectively.



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[L-R]: Chaz Davies, Luca Scassa and Gino Rea, Donington Park WSS podium, 2011 [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
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Pete - Unregistered

May 12, 2012 8:28 PM

@onceagain I don't know if have noticed but both of the Lowes boys seem to have done a lot less crashing this year. If you are referring to previous years then I take it you never saw Jules Cluzel in Moto2 then? Sam has been really fast all weekend, I totally expect him to be fighting for the win tomorrow.



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