WSS: Sofuoglu unhappy with Lascorz move

Kenan Sofuoglu was disappointed to come away with a fifth place finish in the latest round of the World Supersport Championship at Kyalami after coming off worse in a last lap clash with Joan Lascorz.

With the Ten Kate Honda team having not won a race now since the season opener at Phillip Island, Sofuoglu was confident of a stronger performance in South Africa having tested there several months ago.

However, the team were again upstaged by the Parkalgar Honda team, as well as key rivals Yamaha, while Sofuoglu himself was demoted from third to fifth when Lascorz's last lap move allowed the Spaniard and Mark Aitchison to move through.

Indeed, the Turk was not pleased with the move that demoted him, even if he admits the CBR600R was a handful nonetheless.

“I had a good start and the first lap or two was not so bad. But I started to lose grip very quickly and, when Andrew came past, I lost some rhythm and went backwards.

“It wasn't a very good move from Lascorz at the end and it cost me third place, but we were very slow today and maybe didn't deserve a podium. It's just not normal to be slow like this, because nothing changed from yesterday when everything was OK.”

Lascorz, meanwhile, was only regretful about the fact he didn't realise Aitchison was close enough to capitalise on his attempt.

“The last lap was a very big fight and Sofuoglu got past me again, then I went inside, only for Aitchison to come past us both,” the Kawasaki rider said. “I did not know Aitchison was so close behind.

“The bike was pretty much like yesterday, because we tried a new thing in the warm-up this morning, but it didn't work, so we went back to what we knew. It's a shame to miss out on the podium when we got a chance late in the race.”

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wr86 - Unregistered

May 20, 2009 2:54 PM

I didn't say they weren't capable of overtaking. Obviously if they are in GP they are all capable I said they aren't happy in that kind of race - they would rather check out and ride alone. Some riders thrill at a close fought battle the 3 referenced just aren't in that catagory. Read and try to comprehend before you type. :p

today - Unregistered

May 20, 2009 11:10 AM

I don't know about anyone else but I'm sick to death of reading about Ten Kate's view on everything. It's not the only team in WSS and WSB. Reading Lascorz's team view and acknowledging their fine effort with limited resources would be far more interesting. But then again, Lascorz isn't riding a HONDERRRRRR! :p

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