SBK, SS600: Sofuoglu back on top at Assen

Win number 39 for the Turk, who dominates at the Dutch "university". Mahias and Cluzel join him on the podium


Kenan Sofuoglu, finally in shape, "killed" the race, showing his rivals how its done as soon as the lights went out at the start. The five-time Supersport champion, who started from pole, powered his Kawasaki Ninja ZX6R to the top step of the rostrum, riding perfectly and exiting the turns cleanly to take win number 39 in the 600 class. After the first three zeros, with this win the Puccetti team rider has started to claw his way back up the standings: “I've never had such a bad start to the season - declared the winner in parc fermé - inside I knew I could win, and today's I was proved right. My climb back up the standings starts now”.

In the standings, it is Frenchman Lucas Mahias who leads the way, a rider who demonstrates daredevil style and who fought like crazy t reach the second step of the podium with his Iwata R6, crossing the line on the back wheel, with Cluzel and the Honda following right behind him.

PJ Jacobsen also wanted to win today but the MV Agusta Reparto Corse rider had to settle for fourth, just ahead of South African Sheridan Morais with the old R6 and the two Italians Caricasulo and Canducci, never really in the fight for the podium but nevertheless very fast in Holland too.

A spectacular eighth place for Luke Stapleford and the privateer Triumph, ahead of Italian Gamarino on the Honda CBR. Behind him the two Kyles: Smith and Ryde, on the Honda and Kawasaki respectively. Wil Hartog's nephew Robert tried to ignite his home crowd, closing tenth, while Australian Anthony West finished fourteenth, just ahead of Roberto Rolfo who rounds out the points zone with the MV Agusta F3 and retains third place in the championship.

Championship standings: Mahias 65, Morais 45, Rolfo 41







Translated by Heather Watson

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