Yakhnich Yamaha’s Sam Lowes was on course to start on pole for his team's home World Supersport round, but a technical issue on his final lap stopped the Lincolnshire rider in his tracks just as the chequered flag appeared. Lowes was unable to get another stab at the top spot on the grid and has to contend with second behind current champ, MAHI Racing’s Kenan Sofuoglu who will start from pole position tomorrow.
None of the top ten riders were able to improve on their times that were set in the first qualifying practice session yesterday, as the wet and slippery conditions prevented many of the racers from knocking time off their laps this afternoon.
Lowes was the quickest rider in the final session, with a 1’38.865, with Rivamoto’s Jack Kennedy keeping up with the pace of the championship leader to clock the second fastest time in the rain. Lowes will be joined on the front row by his Russian team-mate, Vladimir Leonov who was the third fastest overall with his time he clocked 24 hours earlier of 1’38.691, three second off the pace of his English colleague.
Team Goeleven’s Andrea Antonelli, Suriano Racing’s Alex Baldolini and Pata Honda’s Michael Van der Mark make up the second row of the grid, with Dubliner Kennedy making up the start of row three with his best lap of 1’39.249.
DMC-Lorenzini rider Kev Coghlan ended the qualifying sessions with the tenth fastest time, meaning he will start on row four after his consistent performance in yesterdays outing. ParkinGO MV’s Christian Iddon will start tomorrow’s Supersport race from fourteenth on the grid, with wild card entry, PTR Honda’s Luke Mossey starting from the ninth row.