BOGDANKA PTR HONDA’s Sam Lowes finished a close second in his home World Supersport race at Silverstone, only 0.157 of a second from the winner, to close to just 14 points behind the series lead.
The race, with all three Bogdanka riders on the front row, was red-flagged and restarted due to a slight drizzle on the opening laps with Mathew Scholtz lowsiding at Brooklands after being hit by another rider. The South African rookie was uninjured in the fall but had to take the restart from pit-lane with the mechanics working on his bike until the last moments, with Scholtz eventually finishing an impressive 11th.
Alexander Lundh finished his debut World Supersport race in the Bogdanka Honda PTR colours in 16th, just a tenth away from a point scoring position after starting from third on the grid. The race was won by PTR Honda’s Jules Cluzel with round ten taking place in three weeks time in Moscow in Russia.
Sam Lowes: “The track wasn’t in perfect conditions but it was dry and it was nice to have a dry conditions for my home race. I went to the front and tried to do the best job that I could. I knew Jules was behind but I just did my thing. He passed me on the last lap and beat me but second is good for the Championship and we know we did a decent job all weekend. Big thanks to my team for giving me a fantastic bike as always. I know they’ll keep doing it for the rest of the year and I’m looking forward to the next round in Russia. I’m a racer and I always aim to win, so bring on Moscow.”
Mathew Scholtz: “The first start was very bad for me. I lost a few positions and then got taken out from behind. The handlebar had been snapped and when I pulled in, it took some time to fix it, so I had to take the restart from the pit-lane. I had a good pace and was doing the same times as the top six. It was a bit unlucky to be taken out but I’m happy with scoring points and want to improve from that in the upcoming races.”
Alexander Lundh: “The first start was very good for me and I felt really confident with the bike but then the race was red-flagged. The restart went very well too but I was pushed wide and lost about five positions in one corner. It was a hard fight and there was quite a lot of traffic but with a few laps to go, I got the feeling back and was actually 15th on the last lap but was pushed out wide and lost a position. I still need more laps in the dry after not riding a Supersport bike since October. I’m happy with the qualifying and a bit disappointed about the race but it was still a promising debut in the Bogdanka colours.”
Simon Buckmaster, Bogdanka PTR Honda Team Manager: “Sam led for nearly all of the race and was understandably disappointed not to win; but the fact is he did a great job and second in the race closes him up to just 14-points behind in the Championship standings. His title challenge is building and we will be giving him every support possible next time out in Russia to win. Mathew was unlucky to be hit off and then be forced to start from pit lane. He came through the field well and scored decent points while setting impressive lap times. I’ve always said the potential is there and today we got a glimpse of it – there is more to come from him.”
1. Jules Cluzel (PTR Honda)Honda CBR600RR 34’48.860
2. Sam Lowes (Bogdanka PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR +0.157
3. Broc Parkes (Ten Kate Racing Products) Honda CBR600RR +0,591
4. Ronan Quarmby (PTR Honda)Honda CBR600RR +2.068
5. Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Lorenzini) Kawasaki ZX-6R +5.067
6. Fabien Foret(Kawasaki Intermoto Step) Kawasaki ZX-6R +19.484
7. Sheridan Morais (Kawasaki Lorenzini) Kawasaki ZX-6R +20.038
8. Alex Baldolini (Power Team by Suriano) Triumph Daytona 675 +23.169
9. Andrea Antonelli (Bike Service R.T.) Yamaha YZF R6 +23.964
10. Gabor Talmacsi (PRORACE) Honda CBR600RR +27.061
11. Mathew Scholtz (Bogdanka PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR +28.992
16. Alexander Lundh (Bogdanka Honda PTR) Honda CBR600RR +31.442
1. Kenan Sofuoglu 148
2. Sam Lowes 134
3. Jules Cluzel 120
4. Fabien Foret 118
5. Broc Parkes 98
6. Sheridan Morais 71
7. Ronan Quarmby 67
8. Alex Baldolini 62
9. Vittorio Iannuzzo 51
10.Roberto Tamburini 43
28. Mathew Scholtz 7
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