Lowes shrugs off problems to pace Phillip Island test

Yakhnich Yamaha's Sam Lowes shrugs off a lack of track time to lead his rivals on the first day of World Supersport testing at Phillip Island.
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Sam Lowes has ended the first official World Supersport Championship test of 2013 at Phillip Island with the fastest time, despite managing just 16 laps over the course of the day.

After two seasons with PTR Honda, Lowes switches to the Russian-backed Yakhnich Yamaha team in 2013, a move that has already yielded promising results during 'unofficial' outings.

Even so, Lowes found himself playing catch up as official testing got underway in Australia after failing to set a time during the entire AM session.

Nonetheless, having been one of a few WSS riders to test at Phillip Island last week, Lowes wasted no time in making amends in the afternoon to become the only rider to dip below 1min 34secs with a 1min 33.950secs lap.

Getting close to Joan Lascorz's lap record from 2010, Lowes was a comfortable two tenths faster than morning pace setter and reigning champion Kenan Sofuoglu on the Mahi Kawasaki, who completed 56 laps by comparison.

Complementing Lowes's performance, Vladimir Leonov confirmed Yakhnich Yamaha's strong pace by completing the day in third despite a session-ending crash minutes from the chequered flag.

Similarly impressive was Gabor Talmacsi, the former 125GP champion preparing for his first full season on the privateer Prorace Honda by proving competitive all day on the way to fourth overall.

Though edged for Honda honours by the Hungarian, rookie Michael van der Mark raised a few eyebrows in fifth place on the Pata Honda, ahead of Fabien Foret and local rider Josh Hook in sixth and seventh, while he was also well ahead of ex-WSBK team-mate Lorenzo Zanetti.

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Sam Lowes - Yakhnich Yamaha [pic credit: Yakhnich Motorsport]
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Kyle Smith on the Pata Honda at Phillip Island
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Kyle Smith - PATA Honda
Pata Honda`s Michael van der Mark celebrates podium finish at Phillip Island
Pata Honda`s Michael van der Mark during testing at Phillip Island
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Joe - Unregistered

February 18, 2013 6:31 PM

It is a dream come true with all these manufacturers involved in the class. Suzuki needs a lot of development. It is awkward that they do so well in AMA but are lost in this class where MV aren't as involved and are doing well. Those R6s don't rot.

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