Sofuoglu had to settle for second in the 22-lap race at Donington, held in warm and dry conditions, but his 20 points for second place at this round push him to second place overall, 30 points from race winner and championship leader Sam Lowes.
Kenan had to fight hard to get clear of a large group of riders who disputed the early podium positions, but he did pull away to have a largely lonely race. He now has a total of 65 points, after one win, two second places and two no-scores so far.
Kawasaki Mahi Racing Team India rider Fabien Foret posted a ninth place finish and improved on his tenth place qualifying position and in doing so he ended his day third in the points, four behind Sofuoglu.
Florian Marino (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) was a strong early starter and looked on for a top five finish but an accidental collision with his team-mate Luca Scassa (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) saw Luca go fifth, and Marino crash out without injury, restarting to finish 21st. Luca is now sixth overall, Florian tenth.
Andrea Antonelli (Goeleven Kawasaki) completed his Donington race in eighth place, just ahead of Foret, while Vladimir Ivanov (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team) was 11th and well inside the points scores.
Riccardo Russo (Puccetti Racing Kawasaki) also scored two points for 14th.
Kevin Coghlan (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team) encountered a technical issue that eventually forced him out of the race when he ran off track.
Kenan Sofuoglu: “Donington is a difficult track to pass on so for some riders it took three or four laps to get ahead of them, but in any case I could not stay with Sam Lowes. I should not be 11 seconds behind, maybe four or five. I lost some feeling at the beginning because I almost crashed when someone hit me and I lost a lot of time then. The final result is OK and not so bad for the championship either. I think Sam was just too fast here and gathering 20-points was good for this weekend. There are nine races to go in which I can be stronger. I am satisfied with second position today.”
Fabien Foret: “That was the most we could do today considering our starting position and some other things. I do not understand how to go really fast on this track, my bike has some small set-up issues and it was not easy but it is not all about that. It is a bit of everything, a bad position on the grid, and I need something extra at this track. The result is as we see it but let’s move on and we have some better circuits coming soon.”
26 May 2013
1 Sam Lowes Yamaha YZF R6
2 Kenan Sofuoglu Kawasaki ZX-6R
3 Roberto Rolfo MV Agusta F3 675
4 Lorenzo Zanetti Honda CBR600RR
5 Luca Scassa Kawasaki ZX-6R
6 Jack Kennedy Honda CBR600RR
7 Sheridan Morais Honda CBR600RR
8 Andrea Antonelli Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R
9 Fabien Foret Kawasaki ZX-6R
10 Glen Richards Triumph Daytona 675
11 Vladimir Ivanov Kawasaki ZX-6R
DNS David Salom Kawasaki ZX-6R
DNF Kev Coghlan Kawasaki ZX-6R
1 Sam Lowes Yamaha YZF R6 95
2 Kenan Sofuoglu Kawasaki ZX-6R 65
3 Fabien Foret Kawasaki ZX-6R 61
4 Lorenzo Zanetti Honda CBR600RR 53
5 Michael Vd Mark Honda CBR600RR 49
6 Luca Scassa Kawasaki ZX-6R 45
7 Roberto Rolfo MV Agusta F3 675 38
8 Andrea Antonelli Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 37
9 Jack Kennedy Honda CBR600RR 34
10 Florian Marino Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 31
12 Kev Coghlan Kawasaki ZX-6R 22
15 Vladimir Ivanov Kawasaki ZX-6R 18
18 David Salom Kawasaki ZX-6R 11