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WSS: Sofuoglu seals second Supersport title
3 October 2010
Kenan Sofuoglu can refer to himself as a double World Supersport Champion after he did exactly what he needed to do at Magny-Cours to seal a second career title.
The Turk was defending a comfortable 16 point advantage over Eugene Laverty heading into the French finale, but a second place finish was more than enough for him to repeat the title he previously won in 2007.
The race itself was won by Laverty, the Irishman claiming a remarkable eighth victory in 13 races, the Parkalgar Honda rider seeing his title challenge undone by one costly mechanical failure. By contrast, Sofuoglu – who won three races – finished each race on the podium.
Sofuoglu's title also signals a return to glory for Ten Kate Honda, who failed to win the championship for the first time in eight years last season.
Sofuoglu had led the way early on, but a mid-race charge from Laverty would prompt him to wave his season-long rival through. Laverty will now focus on his new career as a World Superbike rider with Yamaha, while Sofuoglu is tipped to switch to Moto2 in 2011.
A race of attrition that would see just twelve riders reach the chequered flag, Chaz Davies produced a superb ride to third position on the Triumph having started down in 12th place.
The Welshman seemed out of podium contention with just five laps to go as he trailed the pack ahead of him by several seconds, but an outstanding charge would see him catch and pass Katsuaki Fujiwara, Massimo Roccoli and Robbin Harms in the space of just two laps. The result marks his fourth podium of the year and an overall fourth place finish in the standings.
Roccoli grabbed fourth at the conclusion, ahead of Harms and Fujiwara, the trio well up on David Salom, Imola winner Michele Pirro, Roberto Tamburini and Miguel Praia. Wild-cards Axel Maurin and Florian Marino were the sole remaining finishers.
Amongst those failing to finish, Broc Parkes, Fabien Foret and Gino Rea all retired from podium potential positions.
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