14 August 2013
Kenan Sofuoglu talks Lowes clash, broken ribs, 2014
I feel that he's a great rider, but when I read afterwards his opinion that I'd done it on purpose that kind of broke that feeling and also my respect.
I feel that in England nobody wants to accept it as a racing incident because it happened to Sam in his home round. It just isn't necessary to go public with these kind of accusations that I did it on purpose.
At the end of the race you seemed to be apologising to Sam?
Yes I did because I knew that something had happened. I was sorry that the race ended in that way and sorry that he crashed. I would have preferred it if we could have turned the last corner together because we both really wanted it, that would have been great racing.
I also heard after the race though that Sam's brother Alex had come to my box complaining very hard to my mechanics and team. That is unprofessional and I don't think you can do this kind of thing. Who are you coming to my box and screaming at my team, I feel that's unacceptable.
I told Sam at Imola that he was going to win the title. Honestly, I lost my chance of the title in Aragon and Monza. So from now on my goal would be to win races, Sam should be racing for the championship. When I was racing for the title with Eugene Laverty, I was often happy to be second because that would have been enough to win the title.
I think it is known that I am the kind of rider who will fight to the last corner to win a race if I have the chance when my goal is to win races. If there is a risk, I will take it whereas Sam maybe shouldn't.
This season I have really started to like Sam personally so for me the fact that it is almost being said behind my back that I did it on purpose is very disappointing. I feel that what has been said has made people angry at me. It gives me a bad feeling that someone I thought of as a friend is saying this.
With all the things that have happened, the pleasure of winning that race has gone and I'm almost sad about it.
I have to repeat, I didn't do it on purpose.
Whose bike was faster at Silverstone, yours or Sam's?
My bike was faster. The engine and grip of the Kawasaki is very good, observing Sam's bike I think that he was better in the sharp corners. At the end of the lap and race I think we were quite similar. I think that the fact that the 2 bikes are evenly matched has made the racing better.
Before the last lap, it looked as if Sam was making signals at you?
After he passed me in the middle of the race, he closed his throttle and let me past and a few laps later I did the same to him. We both accepted that we couldn't run away at the front and we both accepted that we would have to sort it out in the last laps, we were just waiting.
So both you and Sam knew that you would be fighting it out on the last lap?
After the race, did the race stewards talk to you at all?
No, nobody spoke to me. I know that Yamaha protested but race direction rejected it and found my move to be a normal racing incident. If race direction finds it OK, why is it still being spoken about?
Click on relevant pic to enlarge
the conversation - Add your comment
Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.