Sam Lowes made an impressive start to his World Supersport season aboard the Yakhnich Yamaha YZF-R6 in Phillip Island today, taking second on the podium in the shortened 15lap race. The young British rider started from the front having taken a blistering pole position yesterday in qualifying, over half a second clear of 2012 world Champion Kenan Sofuoglu with a 1’32.545. Sofuoglu led into turn one, but Lowes was quick to come back, passing in the second lap to regain the lead. The two went on to battle it out with countless passes over the fifteen laps, Sofuoglu finally getting the upper hand and winning by less than two seconds from Lowes.
Yakhnich Yamaha teammate Vladimir Leonov had an unfortunate start to his season, the Russian lucky to escape with only an elbow injury after coming off in the high-speed final corner, turn 12, on the third lap of the race when a rival fell in front of him. The race had been reduced to 15laps after safety concerns on tyre life.
The Championship will move next to the Motorland Aragon circuit in Spain for round two on the 14th April.
Sam Lowes, 2nd - +1.899secs -
“Sofuoglu restrained me during the whole race, forcing me to cover the gas. He knew that if I could overtake him he couldn’t win. It's a great start to the season, the bike is great and the team are working really well so I believe we can fight for the win!”
Vladimir Leonov, DNF
“I had no luck in Phillip Island. During the morning warm up my bike was very fast but from the beginning of the race I was in traffic. De Rosa fell in front of me in a fast turn and I had no room to move so there was no chance to avoid a collision. We will go to Aragon and continue our work.”
Claudio Corsetti, General Manager, Yakhnich Yamaha Motorsport -
“We have two fast riders, Sam is very hard and goal-seeking. He dominated the whole weekend and tried to win from the start. Sofuoglu has admitted he has only one rival, Sam Lowes! I am upset for Vladimir as he could have been in the top five, but we go to Aragon knowing we can fight for the Championship title.”
Communication Yamaha - www.yamaha-racing.com -