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WSS Assen: Lowes cruises to Assen pole position
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Sam Lowes will start the third round of the 2013 World Supersport Championship from pole position after dominating second qualification at Assen.
Following the wet conditions of provisional qualifying, the dry Q2 session was always destined to decide grid positions, with Lowes immediately laying down the gauntlet with a 1min 39.122secs lap aboard the Yakhnich Yamaha.
It was a benchmark that wouldn't be bettered before Lowes himself dipped into the 1min 38s with a superb lap of 1min 38.375secs, putting him a full seven tenths up on title rival Kenan Sofuoglu in second position.
Aragon race winner and championship leader Fabien Foret completes the front row, the Frenchman coming out top of a personal battle with Jack Kennedy, the pair repeatedly swapping positions in the closing stages before the more experienced rider got the nod.
Despite this, fourth place marks an impressive performance by the WSS rookie on the RivaMoto Honda, the Irishman joined on the second row by Roberto Rolfo on the ParkinGO MV Agusta, the Italian holding onto fifth place despite a crash in the final minutes.
Intermoto Kawasaki's Luca Scassa rounds out row two in sixth place, edging out Vladimir Leonov and Florian Marino, while Vladimir Ivanov and Andrea Antonelli, who secured provisional pole position in the wet on Friday, complete the top ten.
Elsewhere, Michael van der Mark's hopes of getting some home advantage didn't quite pay dividends, the Dutchman only 11th on the grid aboard the Pata Honda, while Christian Iddon – having been fast in the wet on Friday – would slip to 12th in the dry. His countryman Kev Coghlan will get underway from 16th.