Kenan Sofuoglu has blasted World Supersport title rival Eugene Laverty for the move that prevented him from winning at Imola, claiming it was the Irishman's 'idea' was to eliminate him from the race.
Laverty's last gasp move on the final bend caused him to lose his bike and slide into the path of Sofuoglu, taking both riders off their machines. While both got going again to cross the finish line, Michele Pirro had already gone past to claim a surprise win.
Sofuoglu has now launched a scathing attack on Laverty for slowing him during the race before suggesting that his rival had attempted to take him out of contention with his final corner attempt.
“All weekend I was very confident and it was the same for the race today,” he said. “We were definitely ready to go for the win but I am not sure that Eugene had enough speed to go with me.
“He was able to follow but his aim in the race when he was leading seemed to be to slow me and to block me. I pushed hard for the last few laps and he was still able to follow me but I think that the final attack he made was too much on the limit. I was already braking very late into that corner and it seemed like his idea was to crash and take me with him.
Despite this, Sofuoglu's second place keeps him on course to wrap up the title in a week's time at Magny-Cours having increased his margin over Laverty to 16 points.
“I was very lucky and my bike was still able to run and I could get back up to finish in front of Eugene. Of course, I really wanted to win this weekend but it didn't happen. The positive thing is that I have a 16-point advantage going to Magny-Cours.”