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WSS Donington: No answer to Lowes pace for Sofuoglu

Kenan Sofuoglu is forced to settle for second-best behind Sam Lowes at his rival's home circuit of Donington Park.
Kenan Sofuoglu admits he wouldn't have had the pace to beat Sam Lowes at Donington Park even if he hadn't been caught up in a second lap tangle with Christian Iddon and Lorenzo Zanetti.

The Turk was running third on lap two when he was clipped by Iddon at the Melbourne hairpin – who in turn had been run wide by Zanetti -, losing him ground on the leaders.

Though he would quickly get himself up to second place, Sofuoglu had no opportunity to close the gap on Lowes out front, the Mahi Kawasaki rider fading to finish 11secs behind.

Even so, despite losing ground on his main rival, Sofuoglu was happy to pick up good points for second place, a result that moves him up to second in the overall standings too.

“Donington is a difficult track to pass on so for some riders it took three or four laps to get ahead of them, but in any case I could not stay with Sam Lowes. I should not be 11 seconds behind, maybe four or five. I lost some feeling at the beginning because I almost crashed when someone hit me and I lost a lot of time then.

“The final result is OK and not so bad for the championship either. I think Sam was just too fast here and gathering 20-points was good for this weekend. There are nine races to go in which I can be stronger. I am satisfied with second position today.”



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Kenan Sofuoglu, WSS; Kawasaki ZX-6R; Mahi racing Team India,  {Credit: David-Salisbury}
Kenan Sofuoglu, WSS; Kawasaki ZX-6R; Mahi Racing Team India,  {Credit: David-Salisbury}
Kenan Sofuoglu, WSS; Kawasaki ZX-6R; Mahi racing Team India,  {Credit: David-Salisbury}
Kenan Sofuoglu, WSS; Kawasaki ZX-6R; Mahi racing Team India,  {Credit: David-Salisbury}
[L-R]: Chaz Davies, Luca Scassa and Gino Rea, Donington Park WSS podium, 2011 [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Sam Lowes, Parkalgar Honda, Donington Park WSS, 2011 [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
James Ellison, Bogdanka PTR Honda, Donington Park WSS, 2011 [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
David Salom, Kawasaki Motocard.com, Donington Park WSS, 2011 [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Gino Rea, Step Racing Honda, Donington Park WSS, 2011 [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Luca Scassa, ParkinGO Yamaha, Donington Park WSS, 2011 [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
James Ellison, Bogdanka PTR Honda, WSS 2011, Donington Park [pic credit: Wendy Salisbury Photography]
James Ellison, Bogdanka PTR Honda, WSS 2011, Donington Park [pic credit: Wendy Salisbury Photography]
James Ellison, Bogdanka PTR Honda, WSS 2011, Donington Park [pic credit: Wendy Salisbury Photography]
James Ellison, Bogdanka PTR Honda, WSS 2011, Donington Park [pic credit: Wendy Salisbury Photography]
James Ellison, Bogdanka PTR Honda, WSS 2011, Donington Park [pic credit: Wendy Salisbury Photography]
Sam Lowes, Parkalgar Honda, WSS 2011, Donington Park [pic credit: Jack Bateson]
Grid, Donington WSS Race 2011
Parkes, Donington WSS Race 2011

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Boo - Unregistered

May 29, 2013 9:06 AM

The Yamaha may be the best handling back on the grid, but it loses out massively in terms of straight line speed. At one point at Monza, out of a grid of 35 or so riders, only 2 bikes were slower than Lowes in a straight line. That was very obvious come race day when he kept being overtaken in a straight line. The fact he could still win at Monza with a bike so far down on pace is remarkable. Perhaps the reason Lowes is doing so well is that Yakhnich have tuned the bike specifically to handle better - it seems Lowes needs a bike that gives him handling confidence, not beans down the straight. The bike is good, but Lowes is still the main difference I think - the way he rode at Assen and Monza, then dominated Donington deserves more credit than some people with sour grapes are willing to give him.



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