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Silverstone WSS: Sam Lowes: Sofuoglu did it on purpose…

Sam Lowes: I didn't expect Kenan to make such a manoeuvre! He did it purposely. It's wrong and shouldn't happen again.
Sam Lowes has launched a scathing attack on title rival Kenan Sofuoglu following their collision on the final lap of the World Supersport race at Silverstone, the Briton suggesting his rival made his move with the intention of making contact.

Lowes and Sofuoglu were engaged in a lengthy tussle for victory at Silverstone, the race building up to a last lap confrontation between the title rivals, similar to rounds at Assen and Portimao earlier in the year.

However, after Lowes made his first move at the start of the Arena complex, Sofuoglu would respond with a attempt for the lead into the tight left hander leading onto the Wellington Straight.

Slipping beneath Lowes as he closed the door, the pair made low-speed contact that would cause Lowes to drop the Yamaha. Sofuoglu would go on to win the race, with Lowes picking his bike up in time to secure a potentially crucial second place.

While both Lowes and Sofuoglu adopted a 'friendly' approach during the post-race press conference, the Briton was rather more candid about his opinion in Yakhnich's official press release, claiming Sofuoglu's pass was a deliberate attempt to get through by any means.

“The race was almost won and I prepared the attack to complete the combination,” he said. “But I didn't expect Kenan to make such a manoeuvre! He did it purposely. It's wrong and shouldn't happen again.”

An aggrieved Yakhnich Motorsport duly took their complaints to race stewards, though the protest against Sofuoglu was later dismissed. Indeed, manager Claudio Corsetti was unhappy with the outcome.

“Of course, Sam is happy that he could finish this race with such good result but Kenan's behaviour discouraged. Sam is sure that it was planned as he attacked when Sam couldn't see him. To ride aggressively and what we saw there – two different things.”

Lowes remains 29 points clear of Sofuoglu in the standings with five races remaining.

Fan footage of the incident can be seen below...



Tagged as: Yamaha , Silverstone , Sofuoglu , lowes

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Roundiniho

August 06, 2013 10:39 AM

Yea, I'm going for the 50/50 angle on this. Of course I was disappointed to see the home hero hit the deck, but I think to say "he did it on purpose" is a little pointless. Facts are these, Sam (almost) did the same to Kenan 1 corner before hand (good move) - that forced Kenan wide and to cut back. Sam may not have SEEN him but he KNEW thats what he was gonna do if he didnt take the tight line around the 2nd of the corners, which he didnt - Sam ran slightly wide, left the door open, realised his mistake and tried to shut it but kenan had already half-wheeled him. It's racing folks, its whats gonna make us tune into the next race I suppose!! Also, I dont like attacking someone in "press releases", I'd have sooner seen them throw a couple of fists at each other in Parc Ferme, put it down to "passion", and then move on.......why is everything done through f**king social media these days (says the bloke writing an essay on a forum!)



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