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France WSS: Provisional pole for champion-elect Lowes

Sam Lowes kicks off his quest to wrap up the 2013 World Supersport Championship by claiming provisional pole position at Magny-Cours.
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Sam Lowes has taken a small step towards confirming his World Supersport Championship title by claiming provisional pole position for the penultimate round of the season at Magny-Cours.

Needing just a single point from either of the final two rounds, Lowes gave a hint that he plans to secure his crown on a high as he paced Q1 around a dry French circuit.

His time of 1min 42.144secs was comfortably four tenths faster than Kenan Sofuoglu – the only rider that can beat him to the title -, though the Turk would lose time with a technical issue during the closing stages of the session.

A late improvement would see Lorenzo Zanetti complete the provisional front row, bumping down Christian Iddon on the best of ParkinGO MV Agustas and Lowes's Yakhnich Yamaha team-mate Vladimir Leonov.

Kev Coghlan was sixth fastest, ahead of Michael van der Mark, Ronan Quarmby and Roberto Tamburini, while Fabien Foret – who decided to sit out the wet FP1 session – returned to his home circuit in tenth position.



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Sofuoglu and Lowes, WSS race, Turkish WSB 2013
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Lowes and Sofuoglu, WSS600 race, Turkish WSB 2013
Lowes, WSS600 race, Turkish WSB 2013
Lowes, Sofuoglu and VD Mark, WSS600 race, Turkish WSB 2013
Sam Lowes, German WSS 2013
Pata Honda`s Michael van der Mark celebrates podium finish at Phillip Island
Pata Honda`s Michael van der Mark during testing at Phillip Island
Yakhnich Motorsport World Supersport rider Vladimir Leonov
Fabien Foret, Ten Kate Honda
Sam Lowes, Parkalgar Honda, Donington Park WSS, 2011 [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Sam Lowes, Parkalgar Honda, WSS 2011, Donington Park [pic credit: Jack Bateson]
Parkes, Scassa, Lowes, Australian WSS Race 2011
Parkes, Scassa, Lowes, Australian WSS Race 2011
Scassa, Lowes, Australian WSS Race 2011
Parkes, Scassa, Lowes, Australian WSS Race 2011
Foret, Australian WSS Race 2011
Foret, Australian WSS Race 2011

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