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WSS: Sofuoglu scores pole on return.

Kenan Sofuoglu marked his return to Supersport competition with a bang by sweeping to pole position for the season ending round at Portimao, Portugal.

The reigning champion has stepped back to Supersports this weekend after a torrid maiden year in Superbikes, ahead of a full-time return in 2009.

However, Sofuoglu hasn't taken long to get reacquainted with the Ten Kate Honda bike he took to a record-breaking number of wins last year, surging to the top of the timesheets at the half way point before slicing tenths of his advantage over the remainder of the session.

At one point almost a second quicker than anyone else, he was eventually pegged back to a tenth by Broc Parkes, who bounced back from a disappointing performance in the wet to get the Yamaha on the front row.

They will be joined at the head of the field by Suzuki's Barry Veneman and new champion Andrew Pitt, the Aussie rider also showing a significant improvement over his provisional effort.

Honda, who locked out the top six yesterday, continued to make their presence felt by rounding out the remainder of the top ten, led by Joan Lascorz in fifth and being followed by Joshua Brookes, Josh Hayes, provisional pole sitter Matthieu Lagrive and Gianluca Vizziello.

With Jonathan Rea competing in Superbikes this weekend and Graeme Gowland forced to call time on his season early, Chris Martin is the only Brit on the WSS grid in Portugal. He will start 28th.


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Sofuoglu, Portuguese WSS 2008
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Sofuoglu leads the start, WSS Race, Misano WSBK 2017
Cluzel, Sofuoglu and Caricasulo, WSS Race, Misano WSBK 2017
Cluzel, Sofuoglu and Caricasulo, WSS Race, Misano WSBK 2017
Cluzel and Sofuoglu, WSS Race, Misano WSBK 2017
Sofuoglu, WSS Race, Misano WSBK 2017
Sofuoglu, WSS Race, Misano WSBK 2017
Sofuoglu, WSS Race, Misano WSBK 2017
Sofuoglu and Cluzel, WSS Race, Misano WSBK 2017
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Sofuoglu and Cluzel, WSS Race, Misano WSBK 2017

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Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

November 01, 2008 7:17 PM

The WSS is high corner speed class like 250 and 800 MotoGP. WSB is more point and squirt like the old 990's so Bulent may have a point re Kenan, but for style reasons rather than weight. Kenan's best career move is to dominate WSS until he can take a top ride in the new 600 GP class.

Shrieker - Unregistered

November 01, 2008 7:24 PM

"Kenan Sofuoglu grabs Supersport pole with a lap that would put him ahead of ex-team-mate Ryuichi Kiyonari on the Superbike grid." That speaks for itself alone I think (though you could argue that the track conditions improved after SBK quali).



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