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.