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WSS Assen: Lowes celebrates victory over Sofuoglu

Sam Lowes claims his third career World Supersport victory and his first since joining the Russian Yakhnich Yamaha team.
Sam Lowes is celebrating arguably the most rewarding win of his World Supersport Championship career after prevailing in a tense tussle with Kenan Sofuoglu at Assen.

Lowes and Sofuoglu have been the class of the field so far this year, even if mechanical issues for both riders last time out at Aragon meant they came into Assen chasing down early series leader Fabien Foret.

In what became a battle of wills as neither rider seemed keen to pace set the race, Lowes came into the final lap with the lead, only for Sofuoglu to use the superior straight line speed of the Mahi Kawasaki to come through mid-way around the lap at Ruskenhoek.

Undeterred, Lowes primed himself for a move into the iconic final corner Geert Timmer chicane, shrugging off Sofuoglu's defensive line to squeeze beneath him and hold on in the sprint to the chequered flag.

The first-ever victory for the Russian-based Yakhnich Yamaha team, Lowes was thrilled to be able to show his racing credentials against the series' most coveted rider.

“I always enjoy the battle with Kenan and Fabien,” he said. “The team and Yamaha really deserved this; they've given me a really fantastic bike all year so thank you very much to everyone. I think Kenan and I tried many things on the last lap so I'm really happy to come out on top.”

Lowes sits equal third with Sofuoglu in the standings, behind Foret and Michael van der Mark.



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pp916 - Unregistered

April 30, 2013 10:13 AM

Great, great ride by Sam, probably his best to date....he's learning a massive amount from racing with Kenan and Fabien and he showed real maturity in his thinking and much calmer approach this time, not the fast but over-excitable Sam of old....never panicked when he was passed just re-grouped and worked out how to get back to the front, didn't get suckered into leading the whole race only to lose out on the last lap either, very impressive.



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