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Sofuoglu Takes Brilliant Win At His Home Race

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Sofuoglu Takes Brilliant Win At His Home Race
Kawasaki Mahi Racing Team India rider Kenan Sofuoglu took a fabulous victory on home soil after competing with his championship rival Sam Lowes all the way though a dramatic 16-lap Supersport race.

At one stage it looked like Lowes may have too much pace for Sofuoglu, despite the intense home support for the Turkish rider, but Sofuoglu drew on every scrap of experience and all the performance of his Ninja ZX-6R to pass and re-pass Lowes on the final few corners and come out on top by the narrow margin of 0.040 seconds.

Such was the speed of the leading duo at the fast and flowing Istanbul Park circuit that Kenan was over nine seconds up on the third place rider at the flag.

In the championship itself Kenan kept his championship hopes alive with this remarkable victory and he is now 49 point adrift of Lowes, with 50 points remaining for any rider who wins both the remaining rounds. This was Kenan‰Ûªs fourth win of the season, and the 25th of his glittering WSS career.

‰ÛÏTo win my home race was just incredible," Sofuoglu beamed. "There were so many people supporting me I just had to bring the Turkish flag to the front. I tried everything so I am so happy for them as well.

"Sam was really fast and at one time and I was thinking he might get away, because we had chosen two different tyre options. I thought his choice would work better in the warm conditions but I just did not give up and tried everything to stay with him.

"I knew if I kept pushing maybe he would give up and finally I closed the gap very slowly. On the last two laps the goal was just to win this race because winning in Turkey is something like winning the title for me. This was the first time I have raced at a home track after 12 years of competition in Europe. Winning the race is something like a dream for us in Turkey," he concluded.
Sofuoglu Takes Brilliant Win At His Home Race
Sam Lowes (11) and Kenan Sofuoglu took it down to the wire in Turkey
Sam Lowes second place finish leaves him needing a single point at the next round to wrap up the 2013 title.

Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport), who was up front in the early stages of the race, could not keep the pace of the front runners and finished third ahead of team mate Lorenzo Zanetti.

Roberto Rolfo (ParkinGO MV Agusta Corse) did an outstanding recovery from 14th place on the grid, eventually ending up fifth, followed by Roberto Tamburini (Team Lorini Honda), Kev Coghlan (DMC-Lorenzini Kawasaki) and David Salom (Intermoto Ponyexpres Kawasaki). Rolfo's team mate Christian Iddon had to pull out the final stages due to a technical problem, after spending most of the race in the top-5.
Main Photo: Kenan Sofuoglu celebrates possibly his biggest victory
Credit: Kawasaki

Istanbul Park - FIM Supersport World Championship - Race Results
1. Kenan Sofuoglu (MAHI Racing Team India) Kawasaki ZX-6R 31'59.707
2. Sam Lowes (Yakhnich Motorsport) Yamaha YZF R6 31'59.747
3. Michael Vd Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport) Honda CBR600RR 32'08.781
4. Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport) Honda CBR600RR 32'11.694
5. Roberto Rolfo (ParkinGo MV Agusta Corse) MV Agusta F3 675 32'12.403
6. Roberto Tamburini (Team Lorini) Honda CBR600RR 32'12.643
7. Kev Coghlan (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team) Kawasaki ZX-6R 32'13.709
8. David Salom (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) Kawasaki ZX-6R 32'14.562
9. Jack Kennedy (Rivamoto) Honda CBR600RR 32'19.659
10. Ronan Quarmby (Prorace) Honda CBR600RR 32'20.136
11. Luca Scassa (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) Kawasaki ZX-6R 32'23.249
12. Alex Baldolini (Suriano Racing Team) Suzuki GSX-R600 32'25.099
13. Raffaele De Rosa (Team Lorini) Honda CBR600RR 32'28.437
14. Massimo Roccoli (Team Pata by Martini) Yamaha YZF R6 32'28.758
15. Vladimir Leonov (Yakhnich Motorsport) Yamaha YZF R6 32'28.825
16. Fabio Menghi (VFT Racing) Yamaha YZF R6 32'29.788
17. Mathew Scholtz (Suriano Racing Team) Suzuki GSX-R600 32'32.850
18. Danny Webb (PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR 32'33.093
19. Florian Marino (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) Kawasaki ZX-6R 32'42.571
20. Luca Marconi (PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR 32'42.599
21. Nacho Calero Perez (Honda PTR) Honda CBR600RR 33'06.180
22. Alex Schacht (Racing Team Toth) Honda CBR600RR 33'06.543
23. Imre Toth (Racing Team Toth) Honda CBR600RR 33'07.388
24. David McFadden (Team Honda PTR) Honda CBR600RR 33'16.427
25. Alexey Ivanov (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team) Kawasaki ZX-6R 33'24.261
26. Theodosios Sinioris (Sinioris Racing Team) Honda CBR600RR 33'24.603
27. Baris Tok (GoPro BT Racing Team) Yamaha YZF R6 34'06.824
RT. Christian Iddon (ParkinGo MV Agusta Corse) MV Agusta F3 675 28'07.753
RT. Fabien Foret (MAHI Racing Team India) Kawasaki ZX-6R 28'49.172
RT. Sheridan Morais (Team Goeleven) Kawasaki ZX-6R 18'25.297
RT. Eduard Blokhin (Rivamoto) Honda CBR600RR 13'11.201
RT. Balazs Nemeth (Complus SMS Racing) Honda CBR600RR 23'04.529
RT. Damian Cudlin (Team Honda PTR) Honda CBR600RR 6'40.997
RT. Cagri Coskun (Pacific Racing Team) Honda CBR600RR 7'52.407

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