Kenan Sofuoglu Claims His First World Supersport Win Of 2014


A typically close World Supersport race in the Spanish sun resulted in Kenan Sofuoglu claiming his first win of the season aboard his Kawasaki.

In the early stages a group of six riders swapped places with Australia winner Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta RC ‰ÛÒ Yakhnnich Motorsport) claiming a lap record in the process.

As the race continued the leading group split with Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport Team), former Champion Kenan Sofuoglu (Mahi India Kawasaki Team), and Cluzel joining Kev Coghlan (DMC Panavto-Yamaha) in the battle for the victory.

Lap 12 saw Cluzel and Coghlan collide at the end of the back straight resulting in both riders crashing, with Coghlan the only one able to restart. The incident handed Sofuoglu a comfortable lead over Van Der Mark who slowed as the riders ahead fell.

Florian Marino (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) claiming the final podium position.

Coghlan regrouped to finish 5th despite his late fall and left round two as the Supersport championship leader.

‰ÛÏIn the beginning of the weekend we had so many problems but I found out my real speed this morning in the warm up." Sofuoglu explained. "I knew I would be ready to fight in the race.

"When we started the race everybody was doing incredible attacks under braking. Going into the hairpin I watched them and I was just scared, so I took it easy. Before reaching the last five laps I thought would wait because I thought somebody would crash with all the big overtakes going on. When it did not happen and we got to the last five laps I thought I should go.

"Then one of them made a mistake, which I was expecting. When two of the other riders collided and crashed it made it easier for me as I did not have to pass them and I could control the race.

"The team, my suspension man, my mechanic, crew chief, they all worked really hard, so a big thanks to them. Also to the people around me, who really support me to win this race. Thanks to everybody who helped me to win today because I really needed it.‰Û
World Supersport Podium - Credit: Kawasaki Racing
WSS Race Results
1. Kenan Sofuoglu 30m43.276s TUR KAWASAKI MAHI Racing Team India
2. Michael van der Mark 0.869 NED HONDA Pata Honda
3. Florian Marino 9.091 FRA KAWASAKI Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres
4. Lorenzo Zanetti 10.475 ITA HONDA Pata Honda
5. Kev Coghlan 15.194 GBR YAMAHA DMC Panavto-Yamaha
6. Raffaele De Rosa 18.579 ITA HONDA Core PTR Honda
7. Roberto Tamburini 19.059 ITA KAWASAKI San Carlo Puccetti Racing
8. Vladimir Leonov 19.666 RUS MV AGUSTA MV Agusta RC-Yakhnich Motorsport
9. Christian Gamarino 19.846 ITA KAWASAKI Team GO ELEVEN
10. Ratthapark Wilairot 20.077 THA HONDA Core PTR Honda
11. Jack Kennedy 24.569 IRL HONDA CIA Insurance Honda
12. Roberto Rolfo 25.187 ITA KAWASAKI Team GO ELEVEN
13. Dominic Schmitter 25.535 SUI YAMAHA HAGN-SKM Racing Team
14. Patrick Jacobsen 28.843 USA KAWASAKI Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres
15. Fabio Menghi 28.904 ITA YAMAHA VFT Racing
16. Marco Bussolotti 33.148 ITA HONDA Team Lorini
17. Tony Covena 43.243 NED KAWASAKI Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres
18. Fraser Rogers 56.196 GBR HONDA Com Plus South Tyneside College
19. Alexey Ivanov 56.460 RUS YAMAHA DMC Panavto-Yamaha
20. Nacho Calero 1'11.373 ESP HONDA CIA Insurance Honda
21. Jules Cluzel DNF FRA MV AGUSTA MV Agusta RC-Yakhnich Motorsport
22. Alessandro Nocco DNF ITA KAWASAKI San Carlo Puccetti Racing
23. Riccardo Russo DNF ITA HONDA Team Lorini
24. Kevin Wahr DNF GER YAMAHA Team Wahr by Kraus Racing

Championship Standings
1. Kev Coghlan 31 pts
2. Florian Marino 29 pts
3. Raffaele De Rosa 26 pts
4. Kenan Sofuoglu 25 pts
5. Jules Cluzel 25 pts
6. Roberto Tamburini 20 pts
7. Michael van der Mark 20 pts
8. Lorenzo Zanetti 13 pts
9. Christian Gamarino 13 pts
10. Kevin Wahr 10 pts
11. Roberto Rolfo 9 pts
12. Graeme Gowland 9 pts
13. Vladimir Leonov 8 pts
14. Riccardo Russo 8 pts
15. Fabio Menghi 8 pts
16. Ratthapark Wilairot 6 pts
17. Jack Kennedy 5 pts
18. Tony Covena 4 pts
19. Nacho Calero 3 pts
20. Patrick Jacobsen 2 pts
21. Marco Bussolotti 2 pts
22. Fraser Rogers 1 pts

Top Image: Kenan Sofuoglu claimed a well thought out win in Spain

Credit: Kawasaki Racing

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