With Sofuoglu behind Caricasulo, the Italian rookie wasn‰Ûªt for giving up, passing the reigning Champion back and holding him behind for a number of laps before then running slightly wide with 4 laps to go and allowing the Turk past to try and chase down Jacobsen for the victory. Sofuoglu eventually pulled clear of both the American and Caricasulo to take a stunning win at a track that traditionally hasn‰Ûªt favoured the reigning Champion.
‰ÛÏThe warm-up session was very cold under the clouds and we decided at the last second to use a hard tyre. When we did this I was hoping everyone else would too," Sofuoglu explained. "But Jacobsen and Caricasulo chose the SC0. At the beginning of the race they just went away because that is almost a qualification tyre and capable of a much better lap time.
"I was surprised that all race long they were really constant. I just did not give up and I was sliding a lot. There was one moment where I thought, ‰Û÷What do I have to do? Do I accept third or not?‰Ûª Then I said to myself ‰Û÷no, no, no, keep pushing to the end.‰Ûª In the last two laps I saw the chance, I passed them both and we won the race. It was a very important win and I am very happy for the result.
"I have to say a big thanks to Kawasaki, Puccetti Racing and WP suspension. The worst track for me this year was going to be Misano, because we had a lot of chatter problems on this track before, but the new suspension definitely helped me to have no problem. The championship is not over yet and still I will go for wins. I need a couple of wins and then I can say it is OK - but not yet. There is still time to take wins and not just relax for the championship.‰Û