Jerez Win Extends Kenan Sofuoglu‰Ûªs Championship Lead


Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) recorded his fifth FIM Supersport World Championship race win of the year as the three-time champion extended his championship lead at Jerez in Spain with a start-to-finish victory.

After positive machine development work in the summer break from his team, and hard physical preparation from the rider himself, Sofuoglu was ready to face 19-laps around the 4.423km Jerez circuit, particularly as he was starting from pole position.

With his main championship rival Jules Cluzel out through injury Kenan just had to make sure he finished ahead of Patrick Jacobsen to ensure he extended his championship lead.

At the mid-stage of the race Jacobsen threatened to close in on Kenan‰Ûªs advantage but upping his pace at a crucial point Sofuoglu widened his leading gap, easing up over the line to finish 1.037 seconds from Jacobsen. Lorenzo Zanetti was third.

‰ÛÏToday the tarmac was very warm but I knew this race was very important for me and I had to take maximum points." Sofuoglu said. "I knew I could not crash and I took the lead, according to my plan.

"I stayed with the group behind for around five laps, but after that my plan was to try and go away a little bit. l I knew we were very good on an used tyre. I made a bit of a gap around one second so when Jacobsen came a little bit closer I started to push again. With two seconds of a gap I just rode to maintain it and stay on the bike.

"We did a lot of work and at Jerez we were fast in every session. We are very happy and today we got the results for all the good work we did in the summer break.‰Û
WSS Jerez Podium
Event results - Round 10
1 Kenan Sofuoglu 33'17.651 TUR KAWASAKI Kawasaki Puccetti Racing
2 Patrick Jacobsen 1.037 HONDA CORE Motorsport Thailand
3 Lorenzo Zanetti 2.020 ITA MV AGUSTA MV Agusta Reparto Corse
4 Kyle Smith 3.561 GBR HONDA Pata Honda
5 Nicolas Terol 7.777 ESP MV AGUSTA MV Agusta Reparto Corse
6 Marco Faccani 11.391 KAWASAKI Kawasaki Puccetti Racing
7 Alex Baldolini 16.822 ITA MV AGUSTA Race Department ATK25
8 Christian Gamarino 28.339 ITA KAWASAKI Team GO ELEVEN
9 Kevin Wahr 29.997 GER HONDA SMS Racing
10 Roberto Rolfo 31.822 ITA HONDA Team Lorini
11 Dominic Schmitter 41.505 SUI KAWASAKI Team GO ELEVEN
12 Marcos Ramirez 41.840 ESP KAWASAKI CATBIKE/exit
13 Aidan Wagner 41.967 AUS YAMAHA Oz Wildcard Racing
14 Martin Cardenas 47.343 COL HONDA CIA Landlords Insurance Honda
15 Janos Chrobak 47.582 HUN HONDA Schmidt Racing
16 Glenn Scott 50.863 HONDA AARK Racing

Championship standings
1 Kenan Sofuoglu 193 pts
2 Patrick Jacobsen 160 pts
3 Jules Cluzel 155 pts
4 Lorenzo Zanetti 129 pts
5 Gino Rea 88 pts
6 Kyle Smith 80 pts
7 Roberto Rolfo 74 pts
8 Alex Baldolini 59 pts
9 Christian Gamarino 55 pts
10 Marco Faccani 53 pts
11 Martin Cardenas 47 pts
12 Ratthapark Wilairot 46 pts
13 Fabio Menghi 38 pts
14 Dominic Schmitter 37 pts
15 Riccardo Russo 31 pts

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