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Even a serious technical issue that kept Kenan Sofuoglu grounded in pit lane throughout Friday afternoon couldn't prevent the reigning world champion from topping the first day of World Supersport free practice at Phillip Island, such was his superior speed in the morning.

Sofuoglu, who is bidding for a record fifth crown in 2016, was unable to post a single lap in free practice two due to technical difficulties.
In an afternoon that saw protege Toprak Razgatlioglu fracture his left ankle in World Superbike free practice, Sofuoglu's afternoon failed to improve as he watched his rivals gain a valuable hour of track time.

Yet similar misfortune would soon befall closest rival Jules Cluzel, who crashed at speed through turn eleven. The ever-widening left that caught out so many riders during the preseason test, claimed the still-hobbling Frenchman, who high-sided violently on the exit of the turn.

Cluzel still ended Friday second overall but saw his margin over third placed Randy Krummenacher diminish, the Swiss upping the ante in the afternoon, to lap within a thousandth of a second of the MV Agusta man's lap time.

Lorenzo Zanetti remained in fourth with British starlet Kyle Ryde unable to lap within a second of his morning best. Still, 18-year old Ryde will be happy to end his first day as a full-time World Supersport rider inside the top six.

Having posted 24 laps in FP2, PJ Jacobsen rose to sixth after a mid-session run saw him better his morning time by 0.2s. Along with Krummenacher, Jacobsen was the only other rider in the top ten to make an afternoon improvement.

Alex Baldolini (seventh), Kevin Wahr (eighth), Kyle Smith (ninth) and Nico Terol (tenth) followed before the significantly improved Gino Rea placed eleventh.

New scheduling for 2016 sees the combined top ten from the World Supersport class on Friday automatically enter into SP2 on Saturday afternoon. Those outside the top ten will have a chance to qualify through SP1.

 

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