Kenan Sofuoglu fired a warning to his World Supersport rivals by winning at Aragon, his first since the second round of 2014, and then claiming he still hasn't recovered his best form.

Sofuoglu suffered a year to forget with Mahi Racing in 2014. A series of mechanical and funding issues and a subsequent lack of motivation pushed him to just eighth in the final championship standings.

In Aragon the number 54 was back to his usual commanding form. Despite losing out on pole position to chief-rival Jules Cluzel, Sofuoglu carried his strong free practice pace into the race to go head-to-head with the Frenchman.

His job was made easier by Cluzel's second retirement in two races but such is his feeling with this season's Puccetti Kawasaki he foresees a very competitive year ahead.

"At the moment I think there is a possibility to go faster because the Kawasaki is very good, not so fast on the straight but very good in the corner. I knew I was able to make 1m 52s lap times. I can't say I'm at 100 percent performance but it's kind of a recovery. I had very difficult years with the Indians [Mahi Racing]. Finally I'm with a good team and I'm recovering race by race. Compared to Thailand I was much stronger and this is what I needed. Probably if I continue like this I will be stronger and stronger."

His eventual winning margin over PJ Jacobsen was a comfortable 3.2 seconds but Sofuoglu was made to work in the early laps as he and Cluzel exchanged a succession of tough moves. Sofuoglu went on to state he believes MV's current reliability woes are somewhat down to the new regulations in the class, which limit teams to using six engines per season.

"It wasn't easy of course. Cluzel was very strong," he said. "One thing was very clear; he slow me down in the corner but was very fast on the straight. His bike was so fast and gave us a problem. From what I understand in the Supersport class the teams slow the bikes down for long life because this year there are only six engines you can use. Probably what MV Agusta is doing is too fast engine for a 600 bike. They need long life also. Anyway I'm very happy. I'm leading the championship going to Assen, which I really like. Probably it's going to be good for us this season."

 

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