Kenan’s second race victory of 2013 saw him finish almost four seconds ahead of his nearest challenger Sam Lowes, as Kenan clawed back five points in the championship fight to the English rider.
Kenan has now won 23 WSS races extending his all time class record in the process.
His team-mate Fabien Foret had a tough weekend in Italy all round and the set-up improvements he hoped for in the morning warm-up did not allow him to compete to the level he expected in the race. He was 12th and is third in the overall standings.
In the championship Lowes has 140 points, Sofuoglu 106, Foret 85 and sixth place rider at Imola, Luca Scassa (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) is also sixth in the points, with 63.
At his home round Scassa was in combative mood, fighting with Andrea Antonelli (Goeleven Kawasaki) right to the flag and holding off his fellow Ninja ZX-6R rider on the final corners.
Florian Marino (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) was only one place behind Antonelli and eighth, a positive result for a rider was 12th in qualifying and who has some set-up issues in the race.
Riccardo Russo (Puccetti Racing Kawasaki) did not finish, like Kevin Coghlan (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team) who crashed out of a strong top six place. Regular Kawasaki WSS rider Vladimir Ivanov (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team) suffered a left femur break in a crash and did not race at Imola.
Kenan Sofuoglu: “We had to have two attempts to win but we did it. I really like this track but normally I have very bad luck here and Friday proved to be very difficult. The team worked very hard to find something for me and we changed a lot of things on the bike, even parts and we had to set them up again each time as they were new. I knew I could have had a strong pace and I was confident. As we saw I was really strong enough to fight and win this race. Everything was normal today and I am very happy to win again.”
Fabien Foret: “We could not make the improvements we needed after practice and qualifying and I find it very hard to ride the bike at this minute. I think maybe it is electronics but I cannot ride it the way I want especially into the corner. That was the reason I was in the finish position of 12th. At this track you have to confidence in corner entries or you cannot make the lap times. I made a mistake because I was overriding to try and make up time. We move on now to Moscow.”
1 Kenan Sofuoglu Kawasaki ZX-6R
2 Sam Lowes Yamaha YZF R6
3 Vladimir Leonov Yamaha YZF R6
4 Lorenzo Zanetti Honda CBR600RR
5 Michael Vd Mark Honda CBR600RR
6 Luca Scassa Kawasaki ZX-6R
7 Andrea Antonelli Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R
8 Florian Marino Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R
9 Alex Baldolini Honda CBR600RR
10 Sheridan Morais Honda CBR600RR
12 Fabien Foret Kawasaki ZX-6R
DNS Vladimir Ivanov Kawasaki ZX-6R
DNS David Salom Kawasaki ZX-6R
DNF Kev Coghlan Kawasaki ZX-6R
1 Sam Lowes Yamaha YZF R6 140
2 Kenan Sofuoglu Kawasaki ZX-6R 106
3 Fabien Foret Kawasaki ZX-6R 85
4 Michael Vd Mark Honda CBR600RR 73
5 Lorenzo Zanetti Honda CBR600RR 68
6 Luca Scassa Kawasaki ZX-6R 63
7 Andrea Antonelli Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 55
8 Jack Kennedy Honda CBR600RR 47
9 Vladimir Leonov Yamaha YZF R6 42
10 Roberto Rolfo MV Agusta F3 675 40
14 Kev Coghlan Kawasaki ZX-6R
15 Vladimir Ivanov Kawasaki ZX-6R 18
21 David Salom Kawasaki ZX-6R 21