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Despite ending his day in the Stowe gravel trap, Sam Lowes has qualified on pole position for his home round of World Supersport Championship at Silverstone.
His seventh pole position in nine races, Lowes came into Q2 adrift of key title rival Kenan Sofuoglu, but would move ahead with 20mins of the session remaining before peaking with a lap of 2mins 07.666secs – almost a second faster than David Salom's erstwhile lap record.
Even so, Lowes would go on to suffer his second accident of the weekend in the closing stages, the Yakhnich Yamaha rider taking a tumble at the end of the Hangar Straight.
Sofuoglu lowered his Friday best too but would fall four tenths short of his rival, the Turk coming into Sunday's race with a 34 point gap to bridge.
A strong day for the British contingent, Christian Iddon will start an excellent third on the grid, the local rider making the most of his prior Silverstone knowledge to put the ever-improving ParkinGO MV Agusta on the front row for the first time.
Similarly, Kev Coghlan was also flying the British flag, the Scottish rider heading up the second row on the DMC Lorenzini Kawasaki, ahead of ZX-6R counterpart and former BSB rider Florian Marino.
Fresh from his Suzuka 8 Hours success, Michael van der Mark was the fastest Honda rider in sixth, ahead of Fabien Foret, Jack Kennedy, Salom and Ronan Quarmby, the latter two riders inside the top ten on their return to WSS competition this weekend.
Lowes wasn't the only rider to suffer a crash in Q2, with Sheridan Morais – fourth after Q1 – taking a fall and slipping to 15th on the grid.