WSS Donington: Lowes cruises to dominant Donington win

Sam Lowes eases to his third World Supersport win of the season, extending his lead to 30 points overall, while MV Agusta scores a podium in the hands of Roberto Rolfo.
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Sam Lowes has extended his lead in the World Supersport Championship standings to 30 points with an utterly dominant performance on home ground at Donington Park.

The Briton has been in imperious form throughout the weekend and, having smashed the lap record on five occasions during qualifying, was the odds-on favourite to repeat victory twelve months after claiming a maiden WSS success in front of his home fans.

And so it proved, Lowes's only issue coming when Florian Marino got the jump at the start and led for much of the first lap. However, once Lowes was past at the Melbourne hairpin, he would immediately break the race lap record before methodically extending his lead to the chequered flag.

In the end, Lowes would cross the line 11 seconds ahead, a third win of the season that sees him move a comfortable 30 points clear of Kenan Sofuoglu in the overall standings.

Though unable to get close to Lowes's searing pace, Sofuoglu was still comfortably fast enough for second, recovering from early contact in the pack to claw back what would become a lonely runners-up position.

With Lowes and Sofuoglu circulating alone up front, attention turned to a feisty battle for the final podium spot, with several riders taking turns in the position over the course of the race.

In the end, the podium position would go the way of an inspired Roberto Rolfo, whose superb charge from 16th on the grid would see him claim third place, in turn marking a welcome return to the rostrum for the iconic MV Agusta marque.

With Rolfo breaking clear of the pack courtesy of a series of fast laps in the second-half of the race, Lorenzo Zanetti would be forced to settle for fourth place, getting the better of countryman Luca Scassa on the final lap.

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Roberto Rolfo, Lucas Mahias, Photo Finish, [Credit: Dorna]
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[L-R]: Chaz Davies, Luca Scassa and Gino Rea, Donington Park WSS podium, 2011 [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Sam Lowes, Parkalgar Honda, Donington Park WSS, 2011 [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
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David Salom, Kawasaki, Donington Park WSS, 2011 [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]

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Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

May 27, 2013 10:11 AM

Great ride by Lowes, however it wuld be rude not to commend Rolfo for his great ride on the MV. Also Sofuoglu rode sensibly to secure second rather than risk crashing - s he knows it's a long season.

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