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Sofuoglu benefits after Coghlan take down

13 April 2014

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  • Kenan Sofuoglu notches up his first WSS win of the season in Spain
  • Turk benefits after Jules Cluzel takes out Kev Coghlan from the lead in closing stages
  • Michael van der Mark and Florian Marino complete podium

Kenan Sofuoglu has won the second round of the 2014 World Supersport Championship at Motorland Aragon after emerging as the main beneficiary from a collision between leaders Jules Cluzel and Kev Coghlan with just three laps to go.

Sofuoglu had spent much of the race chasing down the front runners but was just moving himself into position behind Coghlan and Cluzel when the latter got it wrong under braking for the hairpin and clattered into the back of the unaware Scotsman.

Taking both riders down, Yakhnich MV Agusta's Cluzel would retire on the spot, with Coghlan remounting to recover to fifth place, a result that nonetheless still sees him move into the championship lead.

Even so, it would be scant consolation in a race that he looked well in contention to win as he duelled with the leaders from start-to-finish.

Indeed, though first position would change hands repeatedly in the early stages with PJ Jacobsen getting the hole-shot before ceding to team-mate Florian Marino, who in turn would be passed by Michael van der Mark by lap three, Coghlan and Cluzel were never far from the front.

With van der Mark losing the lead on lap nine when he out-braked himself into the hairpin, Cluzel and Coghlan's battle became one of the lead, with thee Scot nudging ahead on lap ten, with five laps remaining.

However, just as he was attempting to break the tow from Cluzel's MV Agusta, the Frenchman would get it all wrong into the slowest corner on lap 11, clipping the rear of Coghlan's Yamaha to send them both off the circuit. Though Coghlan would remount, his chance for a first WSS victory had gone.

Their collision would duly promote Sofuoglu into the lead, the Turkish rider – having maintained a very low profile this weekend – jumping from third having spent much of the race priming himself for a late battle for the lead.

In the end the MAHI Kawasaki rider wouldn't need to push as he assumed a comfortable lead from van der Mark, the Dutchman paying the price for a couple of costly errors to not be on Sofuoglu's tail when he needed to be. Nonetheless, second place marks a good recovery from round one when he – like Sofuoglu – failed to finish, particularly with Cluzel failing to score.

Unable to extend his early form, Marino faded as the race wore on but would still be in position to finish in third, ahead of Lorenzo Zanetti, while Coghlan brought his damaged DMC Panavto Yamaha in fifth place no doubt wondering what could have been.

Further back, a fierce battle in the chasing pack would be won by Raffaele de Rosa in sixth place, ahead of Roberto Tamburini, while Vladimir Leonov spared some blushes for MV Agusta by picking up eighth place.

WSS rookies Christian Gamarino and Ratthapark Wilairot rounded out the top ten, with Jack Kennedy, Roberto Rolfo, wild-card Dominic Schmitter, Jacobsen – who plummeted down the order having started second – and Fabio Menghi completed the points' paying positions.


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