Kenan Sofuoglu admits his dramatic last lap move on Eugene Laverty to claim World Supersport victory at Miller Motorsports Park could having been considered hard', but at the same time insists 'racing is a hard sport'.
The Turk took his first win since the Phillip Island season opener at the American circuit when he overtook both Cal Crutchlow and long-time leader Laverty on the final lap of the race.
However, it was his pass on Laverty that drew much of the attention, the pair making contact as he hustled his Ten Kate Honda through. Nonetheless, while Sofuoglu is aware that his pass may be viewed as tough, he was determined to find his way through.
“Cal and Eugene were really fast today and it was very difficult to catch them after I had finally passed Lascorz. The last lap was really good – I think I might have touched with Eugene on the way through and you could say it was a hard move. But racing is a hard sport. It was a great feeling to win again and I have to say a really big thank you to the team for working so hard for me.”
Delighted to be back on the podium after a disappointing series of results, Sofuoglu's win keeps him in touch with Cal Crutchlow and Eugene Laverty in the fight for the WSS title.
“I am so very happy to be back on the top step of the podium again. Our results have not been so good recently but we made some really big changes to the bike this weekend in America; even in warm-up this morning we were changing the set-up but I knew then that I had a bike that I could win with.”