WSS » Sofuoglu blasts 5 lap WSS race decision

Kenan Sofuoglu is critical of the decision to shorten the restarted Supersport race at Phillip Island to just five laps after he crashes out.

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February 24, 2014 11:49 AM

I hope not this 5 lap exhibition race will decide the world championship - if Cluzel can manage his form, 25 points can be very, very many. I understand Sofuoglu's disappointment, although if it wasn't the effect of the oil on the track, he can blame noone but himself.
Van der Mark also critised the decision, saying the same: he didn't travel half of the world for a 5-lap race.


February 24, 2014 1:25 PM

@ shakenstirred

Well DUUUHH!!! What, would you expect someone who won and now leads the championship, with the result of the 2x most likely candidates for the title on 0 points, to be complaining?!


February 24, 2014 3:57 PM

There's always one conspiracy theorist isn't there @alicihat, there's really aliens too but they're being covered up by Dorna also. If Sofuoglu is so angry at the 5 laps pehaps he should of stayed on his bike for them and then voiced his opinion in the post race press confrence...

I don't see Cluzel, Coughlan or de Rosa blasting anything other than the championship table at the minute!


February 24, 2014 6:12 PM
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Sacrificing the Supersport race just for the sake of managing the schedule wasn't right. What's even more strange is there was ample time to run the remaining laps before the 2nd SBK race. I guess they feared another stoppage.

As for his fall, it's his fault. He tried to do the same at Monza last year and oddly enough he had the exact same crash, rear end lowside with power wheelspin. Maybe he should review his tactics for non-standard situations. His speed there is no doubt of, but he has to be a thinking rider as well which of course is hard to get at the same time.


February 24, 2014 8:19 PM

Doc Choc. Sofuoglu has tried riding with the big boys but as we all know he was hopeless. Only ever won anything ever in wss on the best bike each time. I agree with "Mindyourown" Im more than happy to see this objectionable little man crash out (safely of course) Loved seeing Lowes give him a good thrashing last year.


February 24, 2014 8:49 PM

I have to say I'd probably also be annoyed with the decision of a 5-lap race, but if Kenan says he crashed out because he was trying to break away, that's his own fault. If he wanted to win he shouldn't have crashed from pushing so hard - you'd certainly expect him to have the experience to know how hard he can push the bike. Cluzel didn't crash, and therefore 100% deserves the win over Sofuoglu.


February 24, 2014 10:36 PM

Cluzel deserved the win there is no doubt about that.
The issue at hand is the decision to shorten the race to 5 laps at the restart when there was ample time to run the balance of the race as scheduled. The point he is trying to make is there was no need to reduce the race distance to 5 laps and he didn't fly all the way to Australia for a 5 lap rat race.
Take what you want from his comments but I see it as a fair analysis of the situation.
He crashed which is also his fault and doesn't take anything away from the eventual winner. Credit where it is due.

I was at the race and all of us were left feeling shortchanged due to the reduced race.

The time between the normal WSS race and the restart was around 30 minutes which kept dragging on. The 2nd SBK race started on schedule and if the restarted WSS race ran the normal distance it still would have had no bearing on the 2nd SBK race.

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