Fantastic rookie performance from the reigning British Supersport Champion, Sam Lowes
The winner of the fantastic World Supersport race may have been Luca Scassa on returning factory Yamaha, but the rider making the biggest impact was newcomer Sam Lowes.
Surrounded by experienced Supersport racers, Lowes remained committed and demonstrated overtaking moves and glancing gaps more befitting of a Phillip Island veteran, instead of a rookie to the Australian circuit. Over the course of the race the lead was contested by a host of seven and more riders, joining Lowes and Scassa were, Chaz Davies, Fabien Foret, the two Motocard.com Kawasaki's of Parkes and Salom and Robbin Harms.
An issue with the rear Pirelli mysteriously puncturing saw three riders fall victim, including both front-runners Foret and Davies - the latter finishing without a points reward in 18th.
The battle continued at the front with Lowes leading in the closing stages and within a gasp of a debut victory in his first full-time WSS race, before being slipstreamed by both Scassa and Parkes to the line. The winning margin a miniscule 0.009 seconds.
"I was a bit nervous but I got a decent start and then made some moves on the riders around me. I knew it was a long race and was thinking about tyre wear," said Lowes, "I passed Luca on the last lap but did not get a mega run on to the start/finish straight. Third in my first race is great; I am loving my team and my bike, I am enjoying myself.”
Full results and gallery below:
1. Luca Scassa (Yamaha ParkinGO Team) Yamaha YZF R6 33'34.739 2. Broc Parkes (Kawasaki Motocard.com) Kawasaki ZX-6R 33'34.748 3. Sam Lowes (Parkalgar Honda) Honda CBR600RR 33'34.772 4. David Salom (Kawasaki Motocard.com) Kawasaki ZX-6R 33'35.011 5. Robbin Harms (Harms Benjan Racing Team) Honda CBR600RR 33'51.708 6. James Ellison (Bogdanka PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR 33'58.682 7. Florian Marino (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) Honda CBR600RR 34'06.527 8. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Lorenzini by Leoni) Kawasaki ZX-6R 34'06.576 9. Alexander Lundh (Cresto Guide Racing Team) Honda CBR600RR 34'06.609 10. Danilo Dell'Omo (Suriano Racing Team) Triumph Daytona 675 34'07.556 11. Ronan Quarmby (Suriano Racing Team) Triumph Daytona 675 34'18.538 12. Ondrej Jezek (SMS Racing) Honda CBR600RR 34'30.855 13. Bastien Chesaux (MACH Racing) Honda CBR600RR 34'34.794 14. Balazs Nemeth (Team Hungary Toth) Honda CBR600RR 34'40.738 15. Imre Toth (Team Hungary Toth) Honda CBR600RR 34'41.057 16. Vladimir Ivanov (Step Racing Team) Honda CBR600RR 34'49.211 17. Marko Jerman (MD Team Jerman) Triumph Daytona 675 34'58.922 18. Chaz Davies (Yamaha ParkinGO Team) Yamaha YZF R6 33'49.402 19. Luca Marconi (Bike Service R.T.) Yamaha YZF R6 33'57.186 20. Roberto Tamburini (Bike Service R.T.) Yamaha YZF R6 34'19.812 RT. Fabien Foret (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) Honda CBR600RR 24'05.870 RT. Massimo Roccoli (Lorenzini by Leoni) Kawasaki ZX-6R 24'14.506 RT. Miguel Praia (Parkalgar Honda) Honda CBR600RR 16'18.840 RT. Pawel Szkopek (Bogdanka PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR 16'19.620 RT. Gino Rea (Step Racing Team) Honda CBR600RR 8'07.572 RT. Mitchell Pirotta (KUJA Racing Team) Honda CBR600RR 2'45.190
Posted: 01/03/2011 at 17:37
Become a fan of Visordown
Follow us on twitter
Other Immediate Media Sites
Our eCommerce Platform
© Immediate Media Company Ltd 2012. This website is owned and published by Immediate Media Company Limited. www.immediatemedia.co.uk