WSS: Racing is a hard sport

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.”

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BULENT - Unregistered

June 01, 2009 6:04 PM

Hi Guys, If someone wants to cry then it' s free!...I think Kenan' s move was great and if he did not attempt this move then he will not be great but now no question on him!... If you race on track, you should be brave enough and now WSS starts again with Kenan. I can easily see that noone expected to see him at top on podium but this is racing and don' t remember he was the recordman champion two years ago...

terry - Unregistered

June 01, 2009 3:21 PM

My problem isn't so much with the move itself as it could have truly been a racing incident. My problem is that this wasn't the first time that he's pushed someone or made what could be considered a reckless move. Yet if someone does it to him (like Hayes last year) he complains about it. If you are going to give it be ready to take it. It's not just him either, there are others who are the same. Even Rossi from time to time cries about it. I'm not a big Toseland but at least he doesn't cry if someone gets rough with him because he has put his fair share of hard passes on people.

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