Kenan Sofuoglu has clinched his fifth win of the season and with it the World Supersport championship lead for the first time this year after seeing off Lucas Mahias at Portimao.

After the classic World Supersport dicing for position settled down after the opening laps, Sofuoglu looked to build a gap at the front on his title rival Mahias but as the laps ticked down the GRT Yamaha rider reeled in Sofuoglu.

Two laps from the end Mahias tempted his front wheel up the inside of the Puccetti Kawasaki rider at turn one but a stiff defence from the five-time and defending champion blocked off the move. That appeared to spark the Turkish rider into action as he kept clear of any late attacks from Mahias, who in turn made a small mistake on the final lap, which saw Sofuoglu win by 0.080s.

With victory in Portugal Sofuoglu now holds a four point lead in the World Supersport standings over Mahias with three races to go in 2017.

Jules Cluzel kept in touching distance of the battle for the lead but ultimately had to settle for third place for the CIA Landlords Insurance Honda squad comfortably ahead of Kallio Racing Yamaha’s Sheridan Morais in fourth and PJ Jacobsen in fifth for MV Agusta.

Further back Christian Gamarino led home a train of riders for sixth place ahead of Federico Caricasulo, Lorenzo Zanetti and Christoffer Bergman as Rob Hartog rounded out the top ten finishers.



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