Lowes's podium victory at Donington
Sam Lowes (Bogdanka PTR Honda – Carbonin partner in WSS) took his first career win in the FIM Supersport World Championship after converting a second place on the grid into a full points score. Lowes had been through some troubled times in practice after he picked up a nasty stomach infection of some kind, meaning he had been ill from Friday onwards. He then fell in second qualifying on Saturday, suffering severe injury to the small finger of his left hand and losing the chance to go for pole.
Lowes overcame the early push of pole position rider Jules Cluzel (PTR Honda – Carbonin partner in WSS) and despite the coming menace of double world champion Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki) Lowes held on to win by upping the pace on the final two laps and taking himself to within five points of the championship lead.
Sam Lowes (Bogdanka PTR Honda):
Race result: 1st Championship position: 2nd
“Obviously I was out to get my first win and some people may say it was a long time coming. I have made some mistakes, but today I used my head a little bit more and I am really happy for the result. The team is doing well because Jules won last weekend and I won this weekend. It so good having Jules in the team because we got on really well and we push each other on. Hopefully we can come on well for the second part of the season. The bike has been fantastic all year so I am really enjoying everything at the minute. It’s great to take my first World Supersport victory in front of my home crowd and I’m really grateful for the support. There’s a bit of a break now which is good as I can sort out my injured finger. I’ll be training hard to come to Misano as fit as ever and ready to rock and roll.”
Jules Cluzel (PTR Honda):
Race result: 3rd Championship position: 3rd
“Sam was really fast, I tried to catch him again, but he was too fast. Maybe we can make another good race next time. I have to say thanks to my team because I have a really good bike and I am particularly happy because I am third in the championship and I came here looking for this.”