Sofuoglu powers past Lowes for Phillip Island win

Shrugging off their respective injuries, Intermoto Kawasaki team-mates David Salom and Luca Scassa completed the top six, though the pair were fortunate to gain a spot after Roberto Rolfo was denied a superb result for ParkinGO MV Agusta when a technical issue on the penultimate lap eliminated him from fifth.

A strong race for Kawasaki, Andrea Antonelli made it five ZX-6Rs in the top ten with seventh on his GoEleven debut, ahead of Lorenzo Zanetti on the Pata Honda and Massimo Roccoli on the Pata by Martini Yamaha, the latter Italian having run as high as fourth in the early stages.

Similarly, Jack Kennedy would live up to his strong qualifying pace during the early stages as he held down fourth place, but would eventually slip back to tenth on the RivaMoto Honda.

A race of fairly high attrition, Rolfo's team-mate Christian Iddon compounded MV Agusta's frustrating day when he dropped back in the final laps having also been running inside the top ten. Other riders sidelined during the race included Vladimir Leonov and Raffaele de Rosa, who collided at the final corner, and wild-card rider Kev Curtain, while Kev Coghlan was running inside the top ten when he slid off his DMC Lorenzini Kawasaki on lap five, leaving him 18th at the chequered flag.

His team-mate Vladimir Ivanov, however, would fare better as he scored points in 11th, ahead of PTR Honda's Luca Marconi and the Suriano Suzuki pair of Roberto Tamburini and Mathew Scholtz. Alex Baldolini picked up the 15th and final point.

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Sofuoglu, Australian WSBK 2013
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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:]
Kyle Smith on the Pata Honda at Phillip Island
Kyle Smith on the Pata Honda at Phillip Island
Kieran Clarke will return to the World Supersport Championship in 2015 with PTR in the CIA Insurance Honda team
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
Austria`s David Linortner has joined PTR Honda for 2013 World Supersport Championship
Yakhnich Motorsport World Supersport rider Vladimir Leonov
Alex Baldolini will ride for the Power Team by Suriano in the 2012 World Supersport Championship

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prof-x - Unregistered

February 24, 2013 3:43 PM

he almost won races on Moto2 and nobody has amounted to much of anything on the Honda in SBK less the pilots who have been there for a long time. Sofuoglu is the real deal, and if he gets a chance at a good bike in SBK he can make it happen, but its all about money, sponsorship and which way the control tire wind is blowing. People who knock Sofuoglu for being a poor SBK or GP rider are ignorant and have no idea what they are talking about.

ersin - Unregistered

February 24, 2013 9:51 AM

as usual kenan is the strongest candidate for the tittle. May he was not good on sbk or moto 2 but everyone has to respect that he is the best on supersport

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