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France WSS: Sam Lowes wins 2013 World Supersport title

Sam Lowes is crowned 2013 World Supersport Champion after doing more than enough secure to secure the title at Magny-Cours.
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Sam Lowes has been crowned World Supersport Champion for 2013 after finishing second in the penultimate round of the season at Magny-Cours.

The British rider came into the race needing just a points' finish to secure the crown with one round in hand, but refused to back down in the battle for outright victory as he tussled with arch rival Kenan Sofuoglu and an inspired Christian Iddon from start-to-finish.

Culminating in yet another thrilling battle between the season-long sparring partners, in the end Sofuoglu was declared the winner after the red flag was deployed on the last lap.

However, it was nowhere near enough to keep the title fight open to Jerez, with Lowes duly confirmed as champion for Yakhnich Yamaha.

A magnificent first WSS title for the 23-year-old after blending scintillating speed with unwavering consistency, Lowes has won five races and five second place finishes so far this year, with just a single technical-induced DNF to his name.

Furthermore, Lowes's success marks a maiden WSS title for the Russian-financed Yakhnich outfit, a marvellous achievement for a team competing in only its second WSS season, while it is Yamaha's third riders' title in five seasons.

The race itself would prove something of a dogged battle from start-to-finish, with front row starter Iddon proving the unexpected package as he snatched the lead at the start on the ParkinGO MV Agusta and proceeded to fend off the attentions of Lowes.

Indeed, though Lowes would make repeated attempts at overtaking his countryman, Iddon – yet to score a podium in WSS – would hold firm until lap four when he eventually slipped by into Adelaide.



Tagged as: Sofuoglu , lowes , iddon

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PDizzle

October 07, 2013 6:01 PM

Kenan overated? Really? Look credit where credit is due cuz Sam was a bullet this season. Super fast and consistent all season long and a very well desevered champion but to dismiss Kenan as being some overated slouch is, how the English would say, taking the piss isn't it? He's been the standard bearer in that class for years and was able to jump into Moto 2 and be on the pace there as well on his wild cards. Does he make dumb mistakes? Yes absolutely but nobody can deny the talent the guy has. I never actually even liked him much cuz he came off at first as a squeeky voiced arrogant ****** but the more I watched him and listened to what he had to say he's just a no nonsense hard core to the bone racer. He's there with the only objective of winning and none of the political bull ****. I love motorcycle racing and watch whatever I can all season and imho the battle between these two guys has been the most entertaining because you can tell how badly they wanted to beat one another!



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