2013 Donington World Supersport Race Results: Dominance In Action

World Supersport benefits from the sheer volume of riders on near equal machinery and varying levels of skill. Normally, this means that the racing is cut and thrust and close, front to back.

Today, however, was different. Yes, there was action from second place back, but with Sam Lowes starting the race at almost a second a lap faster than everyone else, and finishing with an eleven second lead in a twenty two lap race, this cannot be described as anything but dominant. He leaves with the Gentleman's Set of pole position, lap record and race win.

Kenan Sofuoglu had a fight on his hands and had to push past Florian Marino and Lorenzo Zanetti to grab second place, but once he took the position, he was able to run a lonely race in second place. Lowes and Sofuoglu maintained their positions to the end, without anyone else able to impact their duel. Third pace, some fifteen seconds behind Lowes, would be anything but cut and dried.

Florian Marino, Lorenzo Zanetti and Sheridan Morais fought all race long and were joined towards the end by Roberto Rolfo on a charge on the MV Agusta. As Rolfo picked the riders off one by one, being the fastest man out there on some laps, he was able to take third place ahead of the Hondas of Marino and Zanetti, while Scassa pushed hard past Marino, who didn't know when to give up. As Marino's left handlebar tagged the seat of Scassa's Kawasaki, he realised his mistake, sliding his bike off the track out of the last corner.

Roberto Rolfo was able to give MV Agusta their first World Championship podium since 1976, but even Kenan Sofuoglu knew the weekend would belong to Sam Lowes. 


Donington - FIM Supersport World Championship - Race

1. Sam Lowes (Yakhnich Motorsport) Yamaha YZF R6 33'37.767
2. Kenan Sofuoglu (MAHI Racing Team India) Kawasaki ZX-6R 33'48.872
3. Roberto Rolfo (ParkinGo MV Agusta Corse) MV Agusta F3 675 33'52.295
4. Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport) Honda CBR600RR 33'57.766
5. Luca Scassa (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) Kawasaki ZX-6R 33'57.887
6. Jack Kennedy (Rivamoto) Honda CBR600RR 33'58.152
7. Sheridan Morais (PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR 34'02.091
8. Andrea Antonelli (Team Goeleven) Kawasaki ZX-6R 34'05.162
9. Fabien Foret (MAHI Racing Team India) Kawasaki ZX-6R 34'05.920
10. Glen Richards (Smiths Triumph) Triumph Daytona 675 34'06.031
11. Vladimir Ivanov (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team) Kawasaki ZX-6R 34'06.254
12. Gabor Talmacsi (Prorace) Honda CBR600RR 34'06.808
13. Raffaele De Rosa (Team Lorini) Honda CBR600RR 34'07.415
14. Riccardo Russo (Puccetti Racing Kawasaki) Kawasaki ZX-6R 34'10.369
15. Alex Baldolini (Suriano Racing Team) Suzuki GSX-R600 34'16.732
16. Vladimir Leonov (Yakhnich Motorsport) Yamaha YZF R6 34'17.076
17. Mathew Scholtz (Suriano Racing Team) Suzuki GSX-R600 34'17.403
18. Luca Marconi (PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR 34'20.538
19. Billy McConnell (Smiths Triumph) Triumph Daytona 675 34'23.653
20. Michael Vd Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport) Honda CBR600RR 34'31.497
21. Florian Marino (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) Kawasaki ZX-6R 34'37.487
22. Balazs Nemeth (Complus SMS Racing) Honda CBR600RR 34'53.590
23. Alex Schacht (Racing Team Toth) Honda CBR600RR 34'53.763
24. Mitchell Carr (AARK Racing) Triumph 675 R 34'54.030
25. Riccardo Cecchini (Team Lorini) Honda CBR600RR 34'54.195
26. Imre Toth (Racing Team Toth) Honda CBR600RR 34'56.117
27. Tony Coveña (Nito Racing) Kawasaki ZX-6R 34'25.296
NC. Nacho Calero Perez (Honda PTR) Honda CBR600RR 36'34.692
RT. Massimo Roccoli (Team Pata by Martini) Yamaha YZF R6 32'50.124
RT. Matt Davies (Team Honda PTR) Honda CBR600RR 26'58.523
RT. Kev Coghlan (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team) Kawasaki ZX-6R 20'46.313
RT. Eduard Blokhin (Rivamoto) Honda CBR600RR 18'11.217
RT. David Linortner (Team Honda PTR) Honda CBR600RR 14'38.091
RT. Sam Hornsey (RLR Motorsports) Suzuki GSX-R600 9'31.550
RT. Yves Polzer (Team MRC Austria) Honda CBR600RR 6'30.555
RT. Christian Iddon (ParkinGo MV Agusta Corse) MV Agusta F3 675 3'57.377

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Great to see Rolfo grab a rostrum for MV Agusta! (Please Jared, it's not AUgusta!)

Despite Lowes's domination, this was a race well worth watching. Too bad Glen Richards made that mistake going into the Foggy Esses (and losing A LOT of time), I hoped to see that Triumph Daytona on the rostrum. Would have been great together with that other triple...

Correction to myself: I understand it was Florian Marino who made a move on Glen Richards that forced him off track.

Yeah, I'm trying to work out how I spelled that one wrongly. Fixed, anyway. I suspect my autocorrect dictionary has a bad entry in it. I've not been secretly writing any erotic roman fiction or anything, have I? surprise

I was sitting between McLeans and Copice...and watched as Lowes gapped them lap by lap. Amazing. He looked like he was on a superbike and not a supersport !!!! I hope this is something Lowes can keep up :O)