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Kawasaki Puccetti Racing rider Kenan Sofuoglu had his clear chance of winning a highly competitive Lausitzring WorldSSP Championship race taken away from him after a red flag was shown just as he had taken the lead in the closing stages of the race.

The planned 19-lap race was finally ended early after a rider that Sofuoglu had just passed crashed out of contention, with his machine re-entering the track and knocking off another rider. A red flag was shown and the results taken back to the end of lap 16, which left Sofuoglu second.

His latest strong ride saw Kenan make it five podium finishes in a row, despite having not had an easy time in qualifying in Germany, and sitting as low as fifth until the halfway mark.

Making his way forward in the gradual way he had planned it, the Turkish star chose to take the lead and make it stick near the end, but had to settle for second after the race was stopped.

Sofuoglu’s young team-mate Kyle Ryde was 16th today, just one place out of the points. He had not been able to find confidence in his set-up to maximise his hard cornering style, which would have allowed him to fight inside the leading groups.

After the eighth round of the championship Lucas Mahias has 121 points, Sofuoglu 120 and Lausitz race winner Sheridan Morais 101. Ryde has 43 points and is in tenth place overall.

The next round of the WorldSSP Championship will take place at Portimao, in Portugal, with raceday on Sunday September 17th.

Kenan Sofuoglu, stated: “It went how I thought in many ways and I think we played a good game, waiting for the last few laps. In the beginning I decided to try and take the lead on the last lap and then win the race that way. The plan worked well but the red flag was not in my end plan. I think after a hard race we deserved to win but the red flag stopped that. We still had a podium, second position, after a weekend that was not so easy. We proved that even in a hard round we could handle it and manage things in the race. I am happy for the points and the podium and we took 20 points, which is still very good.”

Kyle Ryde, stated: “I have not had a good feeling with the front end all weekend and the way I ride I only make time up on the front. I have struggled all weekend although we have tried softer and harder settings. I matched my time from qualifying this morning in warm-up and made another change but it was no better and no worse. I may be a little off the front guys in myself, but not this far off, so we need to find out why and sort it out.”

Michael Canducci (3570 Puccetti Racing FMI Kawasaki) was 15th in Germany, Ryde 16th, Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) 18th, Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) 19th and Kazuki Watanabe (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) 20th. Test rider Ken Iguchi (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) placed 24th.

Lachlan Epis (Response RE Racing Kawasaki) is 26th and is 31st was 21st in Germany, while Gino Rea (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) and Rob Hartog (Team Hartog Jenik Against Cancer Kawasaki) no scored today.

2017 World Supersport Championship Leader board after Round 7:

  1. LUCAS MAHIAS 121 YAMAHA
  2. KENAN SOFUOGLU 120 KAWASAKI
  3. SHERIDAN MORAIS 101 YAMAHA
  4. JULES CLUZEL 88 HONDA
  5. PJ JACOBSEN 68 MV AGUSTA
  6. FEDERICO CARICASULO 51 YAMAHA
  7. ANTHONY WEST 46 YAMAHA
  8. KYLE SMITH 44 HONDA
  9. ROBERTO ROLFO 43 MV AGUSTA
  10. KYLE RYDE 43 KAWASAKI
  11. NIKI TUULI 38 YAMAHA
  12. LUKE STAPLEFORD 36 TRIUMPH
  13. HIKARI OKUBO 30 HONDA
  14. CHRISTIAN GAMARINO 29 HONDA
  15. MICHAEL CANDUCCI 25 KAWASAKI
  16. HANNES SOOMER 23 HONDA
  17. KAZUKI WATANABE 21 KAWASAKI
  18. DECHA KRAISART 20 YAMAHA
  19. AIDEN WAGNER 17 HONDA
  20. JACK KENNEDY 15 TRIUMPH
  21. GINO REA 15 KAWASAKI
  22. THITIPONG WAROKORN 13 KAWASAKI
  23. ALESSANDRO ZACCONE 13 MV AGUSTA
  24. ROB HARTOG 13 KAWASAKI
  25. LORENZO ZANETTI 10 MV AGUSTA
  26. NACHO CALERO 10 KAWASAKI
  27. LACHLAN EPIS 10 KAWASAKI
  28. AXEL BASSANI KAWASAKI
  29. LORIS CRESSON YAMAHA
  30. THOMAS GRADINGER YAMAHA
  31. JOE FRANCIS YAMAHA
  32. ROBIN MULHAUSER HONDA
  33. ZULFAHMI KHAIRUDDIN KAWASAKI
  34. CHRISTOFFER BERGMAN HONDA
  35. XAVIER CARDELUS MV AGUSTA
  36. ALEX BALDOLINI MV AGUSTA
  37. DAVIDE PIZZOLI 2

 

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