Sam Lowes crowned World Supersport champion after second at Magny-Cours
Lincolnshire has a new world champion after Sam Lowes clinched the World Supersport crown in France this afternoon.
The Lincoln-born rider’s second place at Magny-Cours was more than enough to see him take the title with a round to spare.
Arch rival Kenan Sofuoglu took the victory he needed to keep his faint hopes alive, but Lowes, needing just two more points to take his maiden world crown, rode a composed race to take runners-up spot.
"I'd like to say thank you to Kenan, he is a great champion and great rider,” said a sporting Lowes after the race.
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“I class him as a friend now and it has been a good season so thanks to him for the fight. There are a lot of people to thank but they know who they are.
"I'm happy to celebrate the championship. This has, without a doubt, been my best season of racing and most enjoyable. It's a great feeling and now we can go to Jerez and enjoy the last race."
It is a richly deserved success for the former North Kesteven School pupil, who has dominated this year on his Yakhnich Yamaha, taking five victories.
Only three-time champion Sofuoglu has offered any threat to Lowes, but even he has cracked at crucial moments while his adversary has oozed consistency, finishing first or second in every race he has finished.
In taking the World Supersport crown, Lowes follows in the footsteps of fellow Brits, current MotoGP star Cal Crutchlow star and World Superbike ace Chaz Davies.
After deservingly basking in his 2013 success, Lowes will soon reveal where he will be riding next year.
The 23-year-old is wanted by Tech 3’s Moto2 outfit and teams in World Superbikes.