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Sam Lowes retains WSS points lead with second place finish at Imola

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Yakhnich Yamaha Motosport riders Sam Lowes and Vladimir Leonov produced a double podium in yesterday‰Ûªs drama filled World Supersport race in Imola.

Round seven of the World Supersport Championship kicked off on Saturday with Lowes scoring his fifth consecutive pole position of the season, the British rider again putting his Yamaha YZF-R6 at the front of the field with a lap record under his belt.

This time he was to be joined on the front row by teammate Leonov, scoring a career best qualifying to take third on the grid for the race.

Yesterday‰Ûªs race was nearly a disaster for Championship leader Lowes, the R6 rider making an incredible come back following a red flag incident six laps in. At the time Lowes had been in second, chasing down rival Kenan Sofuoglu however the re-start would see him slip first to sixth and then even further to tenth following a brief off-track excursion.

While Lowes was languishing down the field his teammate Leonov was near the front and hotly pursuing Sofuoglu. What came next was a stunning fight back as Lowes recovered from tenth to third over the fourteen laps and then, at the last minute, pass his teammate on the last corner of the race to secure second.

‰ÛÏEarly in the race I felt the clutch slipping and as I was trying to catch Fabien Foret I missed a turn and went wide onto the grass." Lowes explained. "I lost a few places and it was pretty tough to catch my rivals but I managed it and fought to get second position.

"I‰Ûªm very happy; it was a great day for all the team and for Yamaha. Vladimir was also great!," he added.

The impressive effort limited Sofuoglu‰Ûªs attack on Lowes‰Ûª Championship lead, the Yamaha rider remaining at the top of the standings with 140 whilst Sofuoglu follows on 106.

Top Image: Sam Lowes on his way to second place after a tough race at Imola
Credit: Yamaha Racing

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