Kenan Sofuoglu says his last-minute decision to run a hard rear tyre almost backfired as the Puccetti Kawasaki rider struggled to keep pace in the opening part of the race at Misano.

The reigning World Supersport champion came through with two laps to go to pass rookie Federico Caricasulo and long-time leader PJ Jacobsen to take victory by half-a-second, extending his title lead to 40 points over team-mate Randy Krummenacher, who came home in fifth place.

"The warm-up session was very cold under the clouds and we decided at the last second to use a hard tyre. When we did this I was hoping everyone else would too," Sofuoglu explained.

"But Jacobsen and Caricasulo chose the SC0. At the beginning of the race they just went away because that is almost a qualification tyre and capable of a much better lap time. I was surprised that all race long they were really constant.

"I just did not give up and I was sliding a lot. There was one moment where I thought, 'What do I have to do? Do I accept third or not?' Then I said to myself 'no, no, no, keep pushing to the end.' In the last two laps I saw the chance, I passed them both and we won the race."

The Turkish star hailed his victory as a significant result with the championship in mind but remains focused on winning more races to put the outcome beyond doubt.

"It was a very important win and I am very happy for the result. I have to say a big thanks to Kawasaki, Puccetti Racing and WP suspension," he said.

"The worst track for me this year was going to be Misano, because we had a lot of chatter problems on this track before, but the new suspension definitely helped me to have no problem.

"The championship is not over yet and still I will go for wins. I need a couple of wins and then I can say it is OK - but not yet," said Sofuoglu.

"There is still time to take wins and not just relax for the championship."

 

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