2013 World Supersport Champion
With one round remaining in the 2013 World Supersport Championship, Yakhnich Yamaha’s Sam Lowes clinched the title.
The YZF-R6 pilot earned the title Sunday following a second-place finish at Magny-Cours in France. Lowes entered the round 49 points ahead of rival Mahi India Kawasaki ZX-6R pilot Kenan Sofuoglu, and though he was beat by Sofuoglu, Lowes was able to earn enough points to clinch the WSS title with one round remaining (Jerez).
Of course, the two enjoyed a race-long battle, until the race was stopped under a red flag following a high-side by Christian Iddon (ParkinGO MV Agusta Corse). The English rider, who high sided while in third place, was able to make it back to the pits within the time limit for his maiden podium in series, as final results were based on the previous lap.
Due to this red flag, the 23-year-old Lowes finished second, giving him 225 points, 44 ahead of Sofuoglu with one round remaining.
With five wins and a total of 10 podiums, Lowes was able to to take his maiden World Supersport title, which was Yamaha’s third in the past five years. Following the race, Sam Lowes also said he will compete in Moto2 for 2014-2015.
Sam Lowes (2013 World Supersport Champion) says: “I’m very happy and want to say a massive thank you to Yamaha and to everybody involved in getting me here. From when I first rode the R6 in Jerez and joined the team I felt a great feeling and I knew we could fight for the championship. To feel it and do it are two different things so I’m very happy to be world champion.
“Today’s race was great fun, sometimes its nice to be in a battle and take your mind off the bigger picture. I enjoyed that race a lot. I’d like to say a massive thank you to Kenan; he’s a great rider, I classify him as a friend and I respect him a lot for this season. Thank you for the fight! I also want to thank everyone who has got me into the position I am in today.”
The Yamaha supersport machine continues to prove to be the bike to beat in both national and international classes. Mathieu Gines has wrapped up the 2013 French Supersport Championship on his Yamaha Supersport machine and Cameron Beaubier has secured the AMA Daytona Sportbike Championship on his and fellow AMA rider Tomas Puerta has scored the 2013 AMA National Supersport Championship title.
As the last rounds are played out in a number of national series, the R6 is closing in on numerous other titles to add to 2013’s already significant silverware collection.
Laurens Kleinkoerkamp (Racing Manager, Yamaha Motor Europe) says: “After two great World Supersport titles in 2009 and 2011 with Cal Crutchlow and Chaz Davies its great to see the strong points of our supersport machine are still making it the best 600.
“We’ve put a lot of effort in this season and as a result we’re back on top and we’ve got another championship. Yamaha would like to say a big thank you to Sam who has been doing an amazing job and also the team who worked hard all year.
“I also need to say big thank you to Yamaha Motor Europe Technical Coordinator Torleif Hartelman who worked tremendously hard with Sam and the team for this fantastic result. It’s clear to see the Yamaha YZF-R6 is once again the best Supersport bike on the world stage.”
2013 Magny-Cours World Supersport Results:
1. Kenan Sofuoglu, TUR: Mahi India Kawasaki ZX-6R, 34m 07.601s
2. Sam Lowes, GBR: Yakhnich Yamaha YZF-R6, +0.299s
3. Christian Iddon, GBR: ParkinGO MV Agusta F3, +0.622s
4. Fabien Foret, FRA: Mahi India Kawasaki ZX-6R, +13.168s
5. Sheridan Morais, ITA: Go Eleven Kawasaki ZX-6R, +13.483s
6. Michael van der Mark, NED: Pata Honda CBR600RR, +13.900s
7. Lorenzo Zanetti, ITA: Pata Honda CBR600RR, +14.363s
8. Roberto Tamburini, ITA: Lorini Honda CBR600RR, +14.748s
9. Vladimir Leonov, RUS: Yakhnich Yamaha YZF-R6, +24.989s
10. Alex Baldolini, ITA: Suriano Suzuki GSX-R600, +27.754s
11. Jack Kennedy, IRL: RivaMoto Honda CBR600RR, +32.396s
12. Raffaele de Rosa, ITA: Lorini Honda CBR600RR, +32.977s
13. Massimo Roccoli, ITA: Pata by Martini Yamaha YZF-R6, +37.785s
14. Kev Coghlan, RUS DMC: Lorenzini Kawasaki ZX-6R, +38.295s
15. Luca Scassa, ITA: Intermoto PonyExpres Kawasaki ZX-6R, +39.159s
2013 World Supersport Championship Standings:
1. Sam Lowes, Yakhnich Yamaha: 225
2. Kenan Sofuoglu, Mahi Kawasaki: 181
3. Fabien Foret, Mahi Kawasaki: 134
4. Michael van der Mark, Pata Honda: 117
5. Lorenzo Zanetti, Pata Honda: 108
6. Jack Kennedy, RivaMoto Honda: 76
7. Luca Scassa, Intermoto Kawasaki: 75
8. Roberto Rolfo, ParkinGO MV Agusta: 62
9. Kev Coghlan, DMC Lorenzini Kawasaki: 62
10. Vladimir Leonov, Yakhnich Yamaha: 56