Andrew Pitt has moved into the lead of the 2009 World Supersport standings, despite missing out on victory in Qatar by a margin of 0.060secs for the second race in a row.
Pitt diced for victory with Honda counterpart Eugene Laverty for much of the race, taking the lead on three separate occasions before making what looked like a decisive move for the win four corners from home.
However, while Pitt rounded the final corner in the lead, he could do nothing about the superior straight-line speed of Laverty's Parkalgar Honda, the Irishman ducking out from beneath the Ten Kate man to snatch victory on the line.
Although another frustrating result for the Australian, he was nonetheless satisfied to score another 20 points, while he didn't begrudge Parkalgar their poignant and long-awaited victory.
“I gave everything I had during the race and, although I didn't win, at least we've bagged another 20 points. We struggled early in the weekend but the team has worked really hard again to put a good bike underneath me.
“Congratulations to Eugene and the Parkalgar Honda team – they were knocking on the door last season and deserve to be there. Bring on Valencia, when we'll have the 2009 CBR to play with and the straight is a little shorter!”
Round one winner Kenan Sofuoglu, meanwhile, endured an erratic race after admitting he didn't feel so confident on the bike having crashed twice yesterday.
Gifting third place to Cal Crutchlow on the final corner of the race, Sofuoglu concedes he isn't happy with his results, but was content to come through with some good points.
“I'm not so happy, really. After my two crashes yesterday I was a little bit nervous and then I was losing some speed on the straight to everyone else. I had to try and make up for that by braking late into the corners and that made me a little tired and I began to feel the knocks I received yesterday.
“Then I made a mistake going into the final corner, when I was third, and this allowed Crutchlow through. Still, I have some more points and it's not such a bad result considering the tough weekend we've had.”