Assen WSB: Lowes heads first WSS qualifying

By Michael Guy -

World Superbikes

 20 April 2012 14:16

British rider Sam Lowes finished the opening qualifying session in provisional pole position with a lap time of 1.38.900s.

The Bogdanka Honda rider set his best time on his seventh lap, mid way through the 45 minute session and before light rain began to fall at the Dutch circuit.

With more unsettled weather forecast for Tomorrow and Sunday, Lowes’ time today may well not be bettered in qualifying tomorrow which would  mean the 21 year old will start the race from pole position.

The rest of provisional front row is made up of Ten Kate rider Broc Parkes, championship leader Fabien Foret and PTR Honda rider Jules Cluzel .

Fast Turk Kenan Sofuoglu ended the session fifth fastest with Brit Martin Jessop in 18th spot.

Assen - SUPERSPORT - Qualifying 1

1. Sam Lowes (Bogdanka PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR 1'38.900
2. Broc Parkes (Ten Kate Racing Products) Honda CBR600RR 1'38.939
3. Jules Cluzel (PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR 1'39.589
4. Fabien Foret (Kawasaki Intermoto Step) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'39.730
5. Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki DeltaFin Lorenzini) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'39.735
6. Imre Toth (Racing Team Toth) Honda CBR600RR 1'40.040
7. Sheridan Morais (Kawasaki DeltaFin Lorenzini) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'40.266
8. Massimo Roccoli (Bike Service - WTR TEN 10) Yamaha YZF R6 1'40.326
9. Mathew Scholtz (Bogdanka PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR 1'40.390
10. Jed Metcher (Rivamoto Junior Team) Yamaha YZF R6 1'40.620
11. Vladimir Leonov (Yakhnich Motorsport) Yamaha YZF R6 1'40.708
12. Stuart Voskamp (Konvi Racing Team) Suzuki GSX-R600 1'41.030
13. Valentine Debise (SMS Racing) Honda CBR600RR 1'41.160
14. Balazs Nemeth (Racing Team Toth) Honda CBR600RR 1'41.185
15. Alex Baldolini (Power Team by Suriano) Triumph Daytona 675 1'41.264
16. Roberto Tamburini (Team Lorini) Honda CBR600RR 1'41.312
17. Dino Lombardi (Team PATA by Martini) Yamaha YZF R6 1'41.346
18. Martin Jessopp (Riders PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR 1'41.426
19. Andrea Antonelli (Team Lorini) Honda CBR600RR 1'41.585
20. Patrick Jacobsen (Bogdanka Honda PTR) Honda CBR600RR 1'41.675
21. Lorenzo Lanzi (PRORACE) Honda CBR600RR 1'41.748
22. Romain Lanusse (Kawasaki Intermoto Step) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'41.808
23. Ronan Quarmby (PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR 1'42.021
24. Joshua Day (Team GOELEVEN) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'42.039
25. Fabio Menghi (VFT Racing) Yamaha YZF R6 1'42.500
26. Luca Marconi (VFT Racing) Yamaha YZF R6 1'42.621
27. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Power Team by Suriano) Triumph Daytona 675 1'43.094
28. Yves Polzer (Team MRC Austria) Yamaha YZF R6 1'43.595
29. Twan Van Poppel (TRG Motorsport) Yamaha YZF R6 1'43.669
30. Thomas Caiani (KUJA Racing) Honda CBR600RR 1'44.989
31. Oleg Pozdneev (Rivamoto) Yamaha YZF R6 1'48.895