WSS Aragon 2013: Sofuoglu hits back for pole

Kenan Sofuoglu overturns a sizeable pre-qualifying deficit to beat Sam Lowes to pole position for the second World Supersport round at Motorland Aragon.
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Kenan Sofuoglu will start the second round of the 2013 World Supersport Championship from pole position after saving his best for when it mattered in final qualifying.

The Turk came into the Q2 session having had little answer to a flying Sam Lowes around the Spanish circuit in the run up to qualifying, the young Briton courting headlines by smashing the lap record during the earlier FP2 session.

However, with Lowes struggling to lower his provisional pole-winning time during the opening half of the session after losing time with a crash ten minutes into the session, it would allow Sofuoglu to make in-roads on his rival and become only the second rider to go beneath 2mins 02secs.

A lap of 2mins 01.622secs with just over ten minutes remaining would go on to nose Sofuoglu ahead and though Lowes would hit back with a marginally better lap of 2mins 01.610secs, the Turk would again go quicker with a decisive 2mins 01.450.

Lowes's efforts to respond would see him go quicker by two tenths halfway around his final lap, only to lose time in the final two sectors, leaving the Yakhnich Yamaha rider to settle for second position on the grid.

Though more than half a second adrift, Fabien Foret will be pleased to have snatched a front row position on the second of the Mahi Kawasakis, the Frenchman having struggled in the lower end of the top ten for much of the weekend thus far.

His late improvement was enough to deny Sheridan Morais on the PTR Honda, the South African nonetheless scoring one of his best-ever starting positions in WSS with a run to fourth as the top Honda rider.

Similarly impressive was Kev Coghlan in fifth position on the DMC Lorenzini Kawasaki, the Briton ending up on the second row having held down a front row position for much of the session. He will start ahead of Michael van der Mark, who – along with eighth place Pata Honda team-mate Lorenzo Zanetti – suffered a fall in the session.

Luca Scassa heads up row three on the Intermoto Kawasaki, ahead of fellow Italians Zanetti and Riccardo Russo, while Raffaele de Rosa rounds out the top ten for Lorini Honda.

Elsewhere, Jack Kennedy qualified his RivaMoto Honda in 16th place and though Christian Iddon will start down in 22nd for his second career WSS race, he was at least able to out-qualify ParkinGO MV Agusta team-mate Roberto Rolfo.

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prof-x - Unregistered

April 13, 2013 9:51 PM

If Foret doesnt completely screw up the start or make too many errors, he might be able to tag along. Foret typically had better pace than Sam last year, minus the errors he usually makes. Forza Kenan !!!

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