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.”