Sofuoglu blitzes world supersport session

By February 20, 2014 December 13th, 2019 WorldSBK

Sofuoglu blitzes world supersport session

WorldSBK By February 20, 2014 December 13th, 2019

Bryan Staring practice Strip

Turkey’s Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki) has resumed front-running service in the world supersport class ahead of the opening race in the championship at Phillip Island this Sunday.

After setting the fastest time in the final pre-season test at Phillip Island earlier this week, Sofuoglu was again the pacesetter as he set a best lap of 1min33.618sec, well ahead of second-placed British rider Kev Coghlan (Yamaha, 1:34.263).

While the session was productive for Sofuoglu, despite his bike expiring at turn one near the end of the 45-minute session, Australia’s big hope Bryan Staring (Honda) crashed at turn six and ended up 13th in the timesheets with a best lap of 1:35.109.

The crash was a real setback for the ex-MotoGP rider from Perth, who was already playing catch-up on his competitors after a condensed pre-season on the CBR600RR – basically the two-day test at Philip Island on Monday and Tuesday.

Another big-name to crash was Dutchman Michael van der Mark (Honda), who is expected to push Sofuoglu all the way in 2014.

Van der Mark (1:34.294) was fourth in practice two, behind Raffaele de Rosa (Honda, 1:34.277) and ahead of Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta, 1:34.337) and Patrick Jacobsen (Kawasaki, 1:34.366).

The two Aussie wildcards, Billy McConnell (Triumph) and Ryan Taylor (Yamaha), were 15th and 23rd respectively.

The third practice session will be held at 10:45am tomorrow, and then qualifying at 3:55pm.

Ffi Ingrid Roepers ..mobile  04 111 989 44….iroepers@irpr.com.au 

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