2013 Magny-Cours World Supersport Race Results: Close Racing Throughout

Sam Lowes started the 22 lap race, again declared a dry race, needing just two points to win the title. Kenan Sofuoglu, the only man with a chance of delying him the title, started from pole position. 

Christian Iddon put his MV Agusta into first place by the first corner, followed by Sam Lowes and Kenan Sofuoglu with their title battle. The front three broke free of the rest of the field and would never be caught. Fabien Foret, however, started from 18th place and had his work cut out for him in front of his home crowd, desperate to retain his third place in the title chase.

On the second lap, Kenan Sofuoglu passed both Sam Lowes and Christian Iddon, as Lowes wobbled slightly from a grassy excursion, to take first place on the brakes at the end of the straight, but his lunge was from too far back and he went too deep, rescuing it by dropping back to third without losing any time. The next lap, Lowes passed Iddon, but Iddon took his place back a corner later. Lowes and Iddon’s elbows touched as Lowes tried once again to take the lead, but to no avail.

Further back, Michael Van Der Mark and Lorenzo Zanetti duelled trying to catch Roberto Tamburini in fourth and Fabien Foret pushed through to tenth.

At the front, Lowes and Iddon alternated taking fastest laps, and Iddon tried to use the different power characteristics of the three cylinder MV Agusta to pass Lowes where the inline four cylinder Yamaha was weaker. The difference was almost imperceptible, with the MV getting better drive out of corners and the Yamaha stretching its legs between corners while the Kawasaki held the advantage at the end of the runs to corners. Lowes, Iddon and Sofuoglu were covered by under a second and a half for several laps, until the halfway mark.

Sam Lowes dropped back from first as Christian Iddon pounced, with Sofuoglu taking equal advantage of what looked like a mechanical issue for Lowes, but he seemed to get it back under control and catch back up with Iddon and Sofuoglu.

Under a second now covered the front three, as Sofuoglu took the lead, but not without Iddon trying to get it back, but unfortunately, after an attempt too many, he went wide, letting Lowes grab second place and face down Sofuoglu.

Fabien Foret was determined not to let his home fans down and he scythed through rider after rider to push to sixth place behind Michael Van Der Mark and Sheridan Morais who were his next victims. Foret lined up both of them and went from sixth to fourth in one corner, held his ridiculously tight line and left them to fight amongst themselves.

Sam Lowes, with only three laps left, could have settled in behind Kenan Sofuoglu and left the Turk to win another battle while he won the war, but he saw a chance of a win and took the fight to Sofuoglu. Two laps left, just over half a second covering the front three, Lowes passed Sofuoglu for the lead, but Sofuoglu had a much better line through the tight 180 hairpin and passed back.

As Sofuoglu and Lowes pushed as hard as they have all year, Iddon behind them high-sided his bike and as he ran to get back on it, with the marshals assisting, the red flags came out, just as Foret loomed into view. Iddon was given the third place, with him able to ride his bike to Parc Fermé.

Kenan Sofuoglu won the race, but Sam Lowes was crowned World Supersport Champion. On the warm down lap, Lowes and Sofuoglu parked alongside one another and shared a hug. While the official ceremony will take place later, that was where one rider passed the crown to the other.

Great seasons require strong rivalries. Sam Lowes and Kenan Sofuoglu were bitter rivals throughout the year, but end the championship friends.

Results:

1. Kenan Sofuoglu (MAHI Racing Team India) Kawasaki ZX-6R 34'07.601
2. Sam Lowes (Yakhnich Motorsport) Yamaha YZF R6 34'07.900
3. Christian Iddon (ParkinGo MV Agusta Corse) MV Agusta F3 675 34'08.223
4. Fabien Foret (MAHI Racing Team India) Kawasaki ZX-6R 34'20.769
5. Sheridan Morais (Team Goeleven) Kawasaki ZX-6R 34'21.084
6. Michael Vd Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport) Honda CBR600RR 34'21.501
7. Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport) Honda CBR600RR 34'21.964
8. Roberto Tamburini (Team Lorini) Honda CBR600RR 34'22.349
9. Vladimir Leonov (Yakhnich Motorsport) Yamaha YZF R6 34'32.590
10. Alex Baldolini (Suriano Racing Team) Suzuki GSX-R600 34'35.355
11. Jack Kennedy (Rivamoto) Honda CBR600RR 34'39.997
12. Raffaele De Rosa (Team Lorini) Honda CBR600RR 34'40.578
13. Massimo Roccoli (Team Pata by Martini) Yamaha YZF R6 34'45.386
14. Kev Coghlan (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team) Kawasaki ZX-6R 34'45.896
15. Luca Scassa (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) Kawasaki ZX-6R 34'46.760
16. Ronan Quarmby (Prorace) Honda CBR600RR 34'49.689
17. Danny Webb (PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR 35'02.405
18. Luca Marconi (PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR 35'07.305
19. Alex Schacht (Racing Team Toth) Honda CBR600RR 35'07.906
20. Balazs Nemeth (Complus SMS Racing) Honda CBR600RR 35'08.299
21. Imre Toth (Racing Team Toth) Honda CBR600RR 35'16.714
22. Corey Alexander (Team Honda PTR) Honda CBR600RR 35'31.217
23. Alexey Ivanov (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team) Kawasaki ZX-6R 34'48.995
24. Eduard Blokhin (Rivamoto) Honda CBR600RR 34'58.011
RT. Nacho Calero Perez (Honda PTR) Honda CBR600RR 36'00.809
RT. Matthieu Lagrive (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) Kawasaki ZX-6R 33'01.090
RT. Lee Johnston (Team Honda PTR) Honda CBR600RR 33'22.721
RT. Roberto Rolfo (ParkinGo MV Agusta Corse) MV Agusta F3 675 20'37.639
RT. Riccardo Russo (Puccetti Racing Kawasaki) Kawasaki ZX-6R 15'51.053
RT. Brodie Waters (AARK Racing) Honda CBR600RR 14'37.791
RT. Mathew Scholtz (Suriano Racing Team) Suzuki GSX-R600 1'47.531

Round Number: 
13
2013
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Comments

As aggressive is his nature when the flag drops, he is very graceful with his hug when the crown was relinquish to the worthy Sam Lowes. Thumbs up!

Congratulations to Sam! Great racing race in race out!

God speed Andrea Antonelli.