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WSS: Pirro scores fortuitous Imola win

Kenan Sofuoglu and Eugene Laverty crash on the final corner of the final lap to gift victory to a stunned Michele Pirro.
Michele Pirro has taken a surprise first career World Supersport win after a dramatic final corner collision between title contenders Kenan Sofuoglu and Eugene Laverty took them out just yards from the finish line.

Sofuoglu and Laverty had been embarking on a thrilling duel from the very first corner, the pair swapping the lead persistently throughout the race – at times on four occasions per lap.

Tailing Sofuoglu into the final lap, Laverty made several attempts to get the better of his Honda counterpart, but it would be his bungled attempt up the inside of the final corner chicane that would bring the tussle to an unexpected conclusion.

With both riders braking late as they entered the bend, Laverty's Parkalgar Honda would fold beneath him on the kerb, the Irishman swiping out Sofuoglu in the process with the chequered flag in sight.

The pair scrabbled to get going again, but while they would pick themselves up to cross the line, they couldn't get going before Pirro had come past to record a very unexpected victory.

Even more fortuitous for the Ten Kate Honda rider, he entered the final lap in fourth position behind Chaz Davies on the Triumph. However, the Welshman and the British manufacturer would be cruelly denied a maiden WSS victory by a mechanical problem just a few corners from the chequered flag.

Despite the drama, Sofuoglu still beat Laverty in second position to keep his title hopes on course, a rather bemused Laverty left to settle for third. The margin between them is now 16 points with one race remaining.

Further back, Broc Parkes put in a superb ride to finish fourth having been as low as 14th following a poor start, the Australian finishing ahead of Kawasaki team-mate Katsuaki Fujiwara.

Massimo Roccoli equalled his best finish of the season in sixth, ahead of Mark Aitchison, Cristiano Migliorati, Roberto Tamburini and Gianluca Vizziello.

Nurburgring hero Gino Rea crashed out of contention on lap four.



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wjam - Unregistered

September 26, 2010 1:44 PM

So it's OK for Sofuoglu to make those challenges in other races but not Ok for the only guy that can beat him to do that?? You're not biased or anything are you? Answer: yes you are. Laverty was bound to try... He had little to loose... the error was having the wheel on the kerb rather than on the tarmac.If he'd have had another 15cm he might well have stayed up and forced the pass. albeit a block pass. As it was he JUST missjudged. It was almost certain to happen either way round, and has happened many times before at Imola.. that's racing.

cemo - Unregistered

September 26, 2010 3:45 PM

I'm a Turk but I'll admit that over the course of the year Laverty has been the better rider (the race wins don't lie). That said, the Brit bias shown towards Laverty is breathtaking! Granted, Kenan can be a bit unpredictable and volatile at times (not dirty, there's a VERY big difference) and yes, he stands riders up to force a pass, but I've never heard people complain whenever any other rider does the same. Don't deny it you Kenan haters, there's definitely a 'one rule for Eugene, one rule for Kenan' thing going on with you. Since Miller, Kenan has been the bad guy in all your eyes, and you just love slinging mud. Had the roles been reversed today, you would have all been apoplectic at the 'dangerous Turk's' stupid and rash manouevre. It's sad that because of his nationality he is vilified!



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