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Sofuoglu blasts 5 lap WSS race decision
24 February 2014
Kenan Sofuoglu has criticised the decision to make the first World Supersport race of the season at Phillip Island a 5 lap dash to the chequered flag after he crashed out attempting 'get away from everybody'.
Sofuoglu had initially been embroiled in a three-way battle for the lead with Michael van der Mark and Kev Coghlan during the original start of the 18 lap race, before a red flag was deployed due to oil dropped by Jack Kennedy's expired PTR Honda.
However, the combination of a long clean-up operation and the scheduling pressure of the forthcoming second World Superbike race meant the restarted WSS race would only be contested over a mere five laps.
A second chance for riders to make an impression on proceedings, though the Turk would still get away well to lead during the initial stages, his eagerness to pull away from a field 'on full attack' would lead him to slip off his Mahi Kawasaki on lap two and into retirement.
A bitter conclusion to a weekend during which he had dominated proceedings in each timed session, Sofuoglu is frustrated that organisers decided to shorten the race by such a margin, describing it as an 'excellent gift to everyone in the field'.
“You cannot come to Australia to race for five laps. I crashed because I wanted to get away from everybody in the restarted race because five laps is an exciting gift to everyone in the field. Anyway, I am so disappointed because I was the fastest in practice after all the good work we did.
“I could have won the first race but then they stopped it and called for a five lap race, so everybody went on full attack. Anyway, I crashed and it is very disappointing after doing so well in practice and qualifying. Now we go to Aragon for the second round.”
The race was won by Jules Cluzel on the Yakhnich MV Agusta after the Frenchman proved one of the big benificaries of the stoppage having ascended from an original starting position of 13th to fifth at the restart.
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