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Lowes avoids controversy for well-earned win

Sam Lowes ignores the controversy around him to claim his second World Supersport Championship win of the season at Motorland Aragon.
Sam Lowes has regained ground in the fight for the World Supersport Championship after producing an accomplished victory amidst controversy at Motorland Aragon.

Though his efforts were somewhat overshadowed by a bizarre mid-race fracas involving Kenan Sofuoglu and Fabien Foret, particularly when the former caught and passed the Bogdanka PTR Honda rider to cross the line first in defiance of an impending penalty, the result is arguably Lowes's finest at this level.

Indeed, though he has already broken his WSS victory duck at Donington Park this year, Bogdanka PTR Honda rider Lowes was forced into a charge up the order after a poor getaway left him down in eighth initially.

Nonetheless, the Briton steadily worked his way back into contention to hit the front for the first time with eight laps remaining.

Though a disgruntled Sofuoglu would come back past, Lowes was aware the Turk would be demoted back behind him, so concentrated on reaching the chequered flag in an effective first position instead.

"I'd like to say a massive thank you to my team. It was difficult in the end because I knew Kenan had a penalty and I was actually in first position but I rode my race and it was good. Already yesterday I knew I had a good race pace and just needed to get a good start from fifth and then hang in there.

“I just put my head down and got into my rhythm. I took my time because I knew it was going to be a long race. We're back in second overall, and I'm looking forward to fighting for more victories and the championship. We've got Brno next which I like a lot and Silverstone which is my second home race, so I'm really looking forward to that."

Having crashed out of a podium finish at Misano, the result does wonders for Lowes's title hopes as he moves just 16 points behind Sofuoglu.



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Ben1

July 03, 2012 10:23 PM

I don't think he wouldn't get a seat in WSB. Davies, Salom, Laverty, Crutchlow - the best of Supersport in the past few years - all moved up the WSB, some of them with very well supported teams.

pp916 - Unregistered

July 03, 2012 7:03 PM

Moto2 is a career black hole if you're not fortunate enough to land on the best bike in one of the best funded teams....there's an aweful lot of quality riders and a fair few former world champions stranded downfield in that championship. He's in with some very experienced riders in SS600 and he'll be learning a lot from them, he's already a much improved from last year, personally I wouldn't like to see him move on anywhere until he's matured a little more as a rider.



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