WSS: Sofuoglu holds commanding lead for title decider

After their dramatic clash at the final chicane at Imola, Kenan Sofuoglu will take a 16-point lead over title rival Eugene Laverty into this weekend's Magny-Cours WSS season finale.

That means Ten Kate Honda rider Sofuoglu, who look set to switch to Moto2 next year, only needs to finish sixth or better - even if Laverty wins - to claim his second world title.

"I really wanted to win last weekend in Italy but it didn't happen," said Sofuoglu, who was brought down with Laverty when the Irishman tried a last-gasp pass.

"The positive thing is that I have a 16-point advantage over Eugene going to Magny-Cours, so I am in a good position.

"The points I got at Imola mean I have to finish sixth or better to score enough, no matter what else happens. But we will be going out to win if we can."

Having won seven races this year, compared with three for Sofuoglu, Laverty simply has his sights set on victory number eight before starting his new career in WSBK next year.

"I am looking forward to the Magny-Cours race, although it is a pity that the points gap could not be closer," said the Parkalgar Honda rider. "I am looking to be on form and be able to ride more like myself. I have had some treatment on my shoulder to make sure I am back at 100% for the final race.

"I want to win even if I don't win the championship. I have won more races than anyone else this year and Kenan knows that, which is why he wanted to beat me in Imola. I want to win the last race and I'm sure Kenan wants to do the same."

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TURK - Unregistered

September 30, 2010 9:20 PM

At Imola, If Laverty had not Pushed Kenan out, then it will be 7-4 before Magny Cours. But anyway it doesn' t matter how much you win because at the end, only the points are valid. It means that you need a good strategy as an ambitious rider and you should behave logically in races otherwise how can you describe a lost of valuable championship?

Lepricorn - Unregistered

October 01, 2010 10:30 AM

Jeez there are some warped views on here. Why would you wish any misfortune on any of these guys?!?? And it seems like everyone forgets that Sofuoglu's team-mate from 2009, Andrew Pitt, won his first WSS title without winning a single race. That means he wasn't the best rider in 2001?? Wake up and smell the coffee...

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