Germany WSS: Lowes closes on title as Sofuoglu crashes out

Sam Lowes is now on the cusp of the 2013 World Supersport Championship as his fifth win of the season coincides with a costly crash for Kenan Sofuoglu.
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Sam Lowes has extended his World Supersport Championship lead to a substantial 54 points with just three races remaining after claiming his fifth win of the season at the Nurburgring, while main rival Kenan Sofuoglu crashed out.

Recovering from a poor start to move into the lead on lap three, the Yakhnich Yamaha rider was holding a comfortable margin over Sofuoglu in second place when the Turk came down at the mid-way point on lap ten.

His third non-score of the season, Sofuoglu's DNF puts him well onto the back foot in his quest for a fourth World Supersport title, the Mahi Kawasaki rider now facing a 54 point margin with just three races remaining and 75 points in the offing.

For Lowes, meanwhile, his win means he can afford to finish behind Sofuoglu in the remaining rounds at Istanbul, Magny-Cours and Jerez and still claim the title.

With his arch rival out of the running, Lowes's win was a relatively easy one, the Briton finishing more than seven seconds up on Fabien Foret, Sofuoglu's team-mate raising some cheer for the Indian-backed outfit to secure his fifth podium of the year.

The final podium spot, meanwhile, looked to be heading the way of Lowes's team-mate Vladimir Leonov, the Russian moving up a spot at the expense of Sofuoglu to run a lonely third. However, a technical issue with four laps to go would instead turn the rostrum into a battle between Lorenzo Zanetti and Kev Coghlan.

Fighting back from a poor start that left him down in 11th place early, DMC Lorenzini Kawasaki's Coghlan launched an outstanding recovery to work his way up the order, overtaking Zanetti with two laps remaining to record his first-ever WSS podium at the circuit where he claimed his maiden Superstock 1000 podium a year earlier.

Despite missing out on the top three, Zanetti can be satisfied with fourth given he has been riding with flu all weekend, with Michael van der Mark bouncing back from a poor qualifying to secure fifth on the second of the PATA Hondas.

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Sam Lowes, German WSS 2013
Sam Lowes, German WSS 2013
Sam Lowes, German WSS 2013
Sam Lowes, German WSS 2013
Roberto Rolfo, Lucas Mahias, Photo Finish, [Credit: Dorna]
Kenan Sofuoglu, World Supersport [Credit: Kenan Sofuoglu]
Kenan Sofuoglu, World Supersport [Credit: Kenan Sofuoglu]
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
Alex Baldolini will ride for the Power Team by Suriano in the 2012 World Supersport Championship
Fabien Foret, Ten Kate Honda
[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]
David Salom, Kawasaki, Donington Park WSS, 2011 [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Luca Scassa, ParkinGO Yamaha, 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

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September 01, 2013 2:05 PM

That is it Sam. Let Your ridding do the talking, much better results! Now what to do next year? I was in favor of Superbike but since Dorna clearlly wants to make it second rate, to bring up MotoGP, Moto2 seems like the better option unfortunatelly.

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