Yamaha’s Lowes Untouchable at Donington Supersport
2013 Donington World Supersport Results
Three difference manufacturers stood on top of the Donington Park podium Sunday following the World Supersport race.
But the number one bike on the podium – the Yaknich Motorsports Yamaha YZF-R6 piloted by Sam Lowes – was untouchable.
Lowes, who started from the pole, put in a dominating performance, similar to Tom Sykes’ in World Superbike. Lowes took the victory by 11 seconds ahead of Mahi Racing Team India Kawasaki’s Kenan Sofuoglu and Parkingo MV Agusta’s Roberto Rolfo.
As for Rolfo’s finish aboard the F3 675, this was the first time MV Agusta was on a World Championship podium since Giacomo Agostini took the 500cc win at Nurburgring in 1976.
At Donington Park, Lowes lapped consistently within the 1:31 bracket throughout all the 23 laps – except the final one – an incredible pace that couldn’t be matched by the chasing pack.
Sofuoglu, though had to face some tough challenge to get in second place but once he did, the defending Champion could easily pull away for a lonely ride to the checkered flag. The Turkish rider was also involved in a collision with Christian Iddon early in the race at “Melbourne” hairpin (Lap 2) that forced him to run wide and lose some ground.
Rolfo scored a sensational third for the Italian MVA brand. Rolfo put up an outstanding recover from a 15th slot start on the grid to give Giuliano Rovelli’s squad the first rostrum finish in Supersport since Portimao 2011.
Fourth place went to Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport), who finished ahead of fellow Italian Luca Scassa (Intermoto Ponyexpres Kawasaki). The two riders battled out in the final lap with the Honda rider able to overtake the former Italian Superbike Champion at the chicane to eventually defend his position up to the flag, despite a fantastic last-turn attempt by Scassa.
The rider from Arezzo had earlier in the race a collision at the exit of “Goddards” with team mate Florian Marino, after which the Frenchman crashed out finishing on a bad not a promising race. 6th place for Jack Kennedy (Rivamoto Honda), ahead of Sheridan Morais (PTR Honda) and Andrea Antonelli (Team Goeleven Kawasaki).
2013 Donington Park World Supersport Results:
2013 World Supersport Point Standings: