Sofuoglu marks return with Phillip Island win

Lowes faded in the closing stages to finish in fifth place, just ahead of Sheridan Morais on the second of the DeltaFin Kawasakis, while his South African counterpart Ronan Quarmby recorded a career best WSS finish with his run to seventh.

Alex Baldolini and Vittorio Iannuzzo gave Suriano Racing a good start to the year in eighth and ninth aboard the only two Triumphs on the grid, while former GP rider Lukas Pesek completed the top ten.

Reigning Superstock 600 champion Jed Metcher ran as high as eighth before eventually settling for 11th, the Australian nonetheless doing enough to break the Russian RivaMoto team's points' duck, while Josh Day, Luca Marconi, Mathew Scholtz and Fabio Menghi completed the remaining points' positions.

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Sofuoglu, Supersport, Australian WSBK 2011
Sofuoglu, Supersport, Australian WSBK 2011
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Sofuoglu, Supersport, Australian WSBK 2012
Sofuoglu, Supersport, Australian WSBK 2011
Roberto Rolfo, Lucas Mahias, Photo Finish, [Credit: Dorna]
Kenan Sofuoglu, World Supersport [Credit: Kenan Sofuoglu]
Kenan Sofuoglu, World Supersport [Credit: Kenan Sofuoglu]
Kazuki Watanabe, Team Go Eleven Kawasaki, [Credit:]
Lukas Trautmann, Superstock 1000, Yamaha [Credit: WSBK - Toni Borner]
Kyle Smith on the Pata Honda at Phillip Island
Kyle Smith on the Pata Honda at Phillip Island
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Kyle Smith - PATA Honda
Pata Honda`s Michael van der Mark celebrates podium finish at Phillip Island
Pata Honda`s Michael van der Mark during testing at Phillip Island
New PTR Honda signing Matt Davies
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pcxmac - Unregistered

February 26, 2012 10:05 AM

Nah, there are more politics involved than I think you guys are willing to let on. Unless a competent and willing team or sponsor like Repsol are willing to back Kenan in GP racing he wont get a fair shake like he has in WSS. Its great to see Sofuoglu minding his potential and winning it big again. I would like to see him opposite Melandri, w/ equal support, on a factory RSV4 when Max retires, I think those two guys would be awesome together on that bike.

PatrickD - Unregistered

February 26, 2012 4:26 PM

Kenan has been successful I'm WSS because his style and abilities suit this format best, rather than any other reason. He's been in good teams because he's a good rider to put some money behind and his experience and clinical execution of this race shows that if he wants to stay in this class, he can do what ever he wants. I'd be happy with that! Team advantage is less in this class of racing than any other, so he's clearly well up to the job. Clever Motofin for signing him up!

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