Kenan Sofuoglu Wins His Second WSS Race Of 2013

Author: Aaryn Minerds


Kenan Sofuoglu, of the Kawasaki Mahi Racing Team India squad, scored a great start-to-finish win at Imola after the race was stopped and restarted due to an oil spill, and finally run over 14 laps.

Kenan‰Ûªs second race victory of 2013 saw him finish almost four seconds ahead of his nearest challenger Sam Lowes, as Kenan clawed back five points in the championship fight to the English rider.

Kenan has now won 23 WSS races extending his all time class record in the process.

‰ÛÏWe had to have two attempts to win but we did it." Sofuoglu enthused. "I really like this track but normally I have very bad luck here and Friday proved to be very difficult.

"The team worked very hard to find something for me and we changed a lot of things on the bike, even parts and we had to set them up again each time as they were new. I knew I could have had a strong pace and I was confident.

"As we saw I was really strong enough to fight and win this race. Everything was normal today and I am very happy to win again,' he concluded.

Second place Sam Lowes racing for the Yakhnich Motorsport Yamaha team had an outstanding recovery, following a difficult start, to finish ahead of team mate Vladimir Leonov thanks to a successful last-turn overtaking move.

The Russian rider was able to keep the pace of the winner in the early part of the race, showing a renewed confidence after a tough first half of the season. Pata Honda riders Lorenzo Zanetti and Michael van der Mark finished 4th and 5th respectively, while Luca Scassa (Intermoto Ponyexpres Kawasaki) won a spectacular fight for sixth position over Andrea Antonelli (Goeleven Kawasaki).

Australia's Mitchell Carr racing for the Australian AARK Racing Triumph team raced to a 19th place finish.

It was a tough weekend for PTR Honda racers Matt Davies who suffered two crashes over the course of the weekend leading in to the Imola race. Things went from bad to worse for the Australian when he was forced to retire with a mechanical issues on the second lap of the race.

In the Superstock 600cc race, Australian Adrian Nestorovic racing for the MTM-MVR Racing Team aboard a Yamaha YZF -R6 finished in 14th position, while Agro On Race Days, Honda racer, Mike Jones was forced out of the race early after qualifying in 18th position.

Young Aussie, Zac Levy raced forward to finish 16th in the European Junior cup after starting from 30th of the grid.
World Supersport Podium - Credit: Kawasaki Racing
Event results, Round 7: Imola
1. Kenan Sofuoglu 26m11.297s TUR KAWASAKI MAHI Racing Team India
2. Sam Lowes 3.957 GBR YAMAHA Yakhnich Motorsport
3. Vladimir Leonov 4.409 RUS YAMAHA Yakhnich Motorsport
4. Lorenzo Zanetti 6.435 ITA HONDA Pata Honda
5. Michael van der Mark 9.967 NED HONDA Pata Honda
6. Luca Scassa 13.437 ITA KAWASAKI Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres
7. Andrea Antonelli 14.112 ITA KAWASAKI Team GOELEVEN
8. Florian Marino 28.194 FRA KAWASAKI Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres
9. Alex Baldolini 29.018 ITA HONDA Team Lorini
10. Sheridan Morais 29.137 RSA HONDA PTR Honda
11. Raffaele De Rosa 29.592 ITA HONDA Team Lorini
12. Fabien Foret 29.763 FRA KAWASAKI MAHI Racing Team India
13. Jack Kennedy 29.957 IRL HONDA Rivamoto
14. Roberto Rolfo 30.831 ITA MV AGUSTA ParkinGo MV Agusta Corse
15. Fabio Menghi 39.902 ITA YAMAHA VFT Racing
16. Balazs Nemeth 49.432 HUN HONDA Complus SMS Racing
17. Imre Toth 58.132 HUN HONDA Racing Team Toth
18. Massimo Roccoli 59.528 ITA YAMAHA Team PATA by Martini
19. Mitchell Carr 1'00.754 AUS TRIUMPH AARK Racing
20. Alex Schacht 1'01.082 DEN HONDA Racing Team Toth

Championship standings
1. Sam Lowes 140 pts
2. Kenan Sofuoglu 106 pts
3. Fabien Foret 85 pts
4. Michael van der Mark 73 pts
5. Lorenzo Zanetti 68 pts
6. Luca Scassa 63 pts
7. Andrea Antonelli 55 pts
8. Jack Kennedy 47 pts I
9. Vladimir Leonov 42 pts
10. Roberto Rolfo 40 pts
11. Florian Marino 39 pts
12. Sheridan Morais 36 pts
13. Riccardo Russo 28 pts
14. Kev Coghlan 22 pts
15. Vladimir Ivanov 18 pts
16. Massimo Roccoli 18 pts
17. Luca Marconi 17 pts
18. Alex Baldolini 17 pts
19. Raffaele De Rosa 16 pts
20. Christian Iddon 14 pts

Top Image: Kenan Sofuoglu close the points lead a little to Lowes with a win in Italy
Credit: Kawasaki Racing

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