First Misano victory for Sofuoglu

Kenan Sofuoglu tastes the winners' champagne at Misano for the first time as he fends off Jules Cluzel.
Kenan Sofuoglu has stretched his advantage in the World Supersport Championship standings with an accomplished win that adds Misano to his record-breaking victory tally.

Already top of the all-time winners' list with 18 WSS victories, Sofuoglu made it 19 around the Rimini circuit by controlling from the front from start-to-finish, the Turk successfully repelling the constant attentions of Jules Cluzel.

A timely win given his closest rival of Sam Lowes eliminated himself from the points with a crash, Sofuoglu is now 22 points clear in the overall standings with almost half of the season now complete.

“I am very happy to have won here because I have not taken a win at Misano before,” the DeltaFin Kawasaki rider said. “I have raced here for many years but this time it happened. The win and the points for the championship are good but, really, I am so happy for Kawasaki.

“They are really giving me what I want and what I need and it has brought me the leading position in the championship and given me the chance to win races.”

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Sofuoglu, WSS race, Misano WSBK 2012
Sofuoglu, WSS race, Misano WSBK 2012
Cluzel, Sofuoglu, Baldolini, WSS race, Misano WSBK 2012
Sofuoglu, WSS Race, Misano WSBK 2012
Sofuoglu, WSS Race, Misano WSBK 2012
Sofuoglu, WSS Race, Misano WSBK 2012
Kenan Sofuoglu, World Supersport [Credit: Kenan Sofuoglu]
Kenan Sofuoglu, World Supersport [Credit: Kenan Sofuoglu]
Kazuki Watanabe, Team Go Eleven Kawasaki, [Credit:]
David Salom, Kawasaki, Donington Park WSS, 2011 [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]

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Murat Duvenci

June 13, 2012 9:33 AM

So you guys say Kenan can not ride superbike or Moto2 ? Let me talk about it: Superbike 2008 Kenan's teammates: Checa (Motogp ace, tons and years of experience, motogp winner, factory racer and future world sbk champion) finished the 2008 season 4th place 147 points adrift of Bayliss, almost equal to 6 races deficit.. in 2009 the same story with Honda this time 7th position. Then suddenly Checa jumps on a Ducati and become World Champ. What happened to Checa ? Got He hit by lightning at almost 40 years of age ? Kiyonari ( Double BSB champion, tons of years of experience) finished the season 9th position. 254 points less than Bayliss, almost equal of 10 races. So now you judge Kenan cause you say can not ride sbk.. So I am asking who can ride the new Honda Fireblade. We are on 2012 and now Rea (which is an extremely talented rider) can show some signs of riding it. Moto 2 is all about sponsors and backing. Pirro, Kenan's teammate has never been better than Kenan in SSP and suddenly on


June 12, 2012 6:42 PM

"consigned to SSP beating young upstarts who barely register in World racing" Who are the young upstarts? Cluzel? Baldolini? Parkes? Fabien Foret? Yes there is Lowes, but most of the top WSS riders aren't 18 year-old rookies who started racing yesterday. It's a hard championship, everyone needs experience and talent (don't forget backing too) to get the results. It's very hard to jugde where Sofuoglu should race. He always turns out the best in Supersport, but he was not too successful in WSB or Moto2. Of course he don't want to race in mid-pack, but Supersport looks too easy for him.

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