Sufuoglu takes Valencia supersport win

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An early battle for first place saw Kenan Sofuoglu (Honda), Andrew Pitt (Honda) and Pere Riba (Kawasaki)

Broc Parkes rode through the pain barrier at Valencia following his broken collar bone injury sustained at Donington to come fifth.

Team mate Kevin Curtain, who was also injured at Donington, crashed out on lap nine whilst battling for first place. Curtain got the best of his rivals on lap five to take the lead and a temporary new lap record.

As the race continued Curtain and Riba collided to take the pair out of the race along with Katsuaki Fujiwara.

Curtain was taken to hospital following his crash, but his collarbone injury had not been made any worse although he did sustain a 20cm long cut to his thigh caused by his foot peg.

The wet conditions fortunately cleared just ahead of the race, which suited Sofouglo as he rode to victory.

Andrew Pitt, covering for the injured Sebastian Charpentier, held on to secure second spot on his return to supersport.

Ducati’s Gianluca Nannelli fought hard for the last podium spot.

Race results:

Kenan Sofuoglu Hannspree Ten Kate Honda 38’8.523
Andrew Pitt Hannspree Ten Kate Honda 0’4.911
Gianluca Nannelli Team Caracchi Ducati SC 0’5.200
Fabien Foret Team Gil Motor Sport 0’5.619
Broc Parkes Yamaha World SSP Racing Team 0’12.776
David Salom Yamaha Spain 0’14.913
Massimo Roccoli Yamaha Lorenzini by Leoni 0’15.178
Joan Lascorz Glaner Motocard 0’25.356
Vesa Kallio Pioneer Hoegee Suzuki Ra 0’28.454
Craig Jones Revè Ekerold Honda Racing 0’29.885
Gianluca Vizziello RG Team  0’30.422
Davide Giugliano Lightspeed Kawasaki Supp. 0’30.810
Lorenzo Alfonsi Althea Honda Team 0’31.204
David Checa Yamaha – GMT 94  0’35.273
Sebastien Gimbert Yamaha – GMT 94  0’37.610

Championship after Valencia:

Kenan Sofuoglu 95
Fabien Foret 51
Katsuaki Fujiwara 43
Robbin Harms 39
Gianluca Nannelli 39
Broc Parkes 27
Massimo Roccoli 26
Craig Jones 25
Kevin Curtain 25
Pere Riba 22
Andrew Pitt 20
Barry Veneman 17
Yoann Tiberio 15
Davide Giugliano 14
Lorenzo Alfonsi 13
Gianluca Vizziello 10
David Checa 9
Sebastien Gimbert 9

Manufacturer standings after Valencia:

Honda 95
Kawasaki 61
Yamaha 55
Ducati 30
Suzuki 24


Sarah Carnell

By Sarah Carnell