Phillip Island WSS: First blood to Sofuoglu at Phillip Island

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2007 World Supersport champion Kenan Sofuoglu set the pace in first free practice at Phillip Island today.

The Turkish Ten Kate Honda rider continues to make a seamless transition back to Supersport after a tough year in WSB last season.

Britain’s Cal Crutchlow pushed Sofuoglu all the way to secure second with Australians Mark Aitchison, Gary McCoy and Andrew Pitt in third, fourth and fifth respectively.

Reigning champion, Pitt was just 0.385s off the pace but lost his chance to set a fast lap after his rear tyre broke up on the left hand side. Parkalgar Honda rider Eugene Laverty made consistent progress to end the session in 11th spot.

1 54 Sofuoglu K. (TUR) Honda CBR600RR 1'35.482
2 35 Crutchlow C. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R6 1'35.652
3 8 Aitchison M. (AUS) Honda CBR600RR 1'35.758
4 24 McCoy G. (AUS) Triumph Daytona 675 1'35.804
5 1 Pitt A. (AUS) Honda CBR600RR 1'35.867
6 99 Foret F. (FRA) Yamaha YZF R6 1'35.893
7 26 Lascorz J. (ESP) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'35.965
8 13 West A. (AUS) Honda CBR600RR 1'36.056
9 14 Lagrive M. (FRA) Honda CBR600RR 1'36.061
10 77 Veneman B. (NED) Suzuki GSX-R600 1'36.182
11 50 Laverty E. (IRL) Honda CBR600RR 1'36.547
12 96 Smrz M. (CZE) Triumph Daytona 675 1'36.650
13 21 Fujiwara K. (JPN) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'36.722
14 127 Harms R. (DEN) Honda CBR600RR 1'36.735
15 69 Nannelli G. (ITA) Triumph Daytona 675 1'36.827
16 117 Praia M. (POR) Honda CBR600RR 1'36.936
17 51 Pirro M. (ITA) Yamaha YZF R6 1'36.955
18 55 Roccoli M. (ITA) Honda CBR600RR 1'36.957
19 19 Szkopek P. (POL) Triumph Daytona 675 1'37.071
20 105 Vizziello G. (ITA) Honda CBR600RR 1'37.225
21 5 Pradita T. (INA) Yamaha YZF R6 1'37.853
22 30 Günther J. (GER) Honda CBR600RR 1'37.989
23 7 Vostárek P. (CZE) Honda CBR600RR 1'38.470
24 9 Dell'Omo D. (ITA) Honda CBR600RR 1'38.508
25 83 Holland R. (AUS) Honda CBR600RR 1'38.957
26 32 Lai F. (ITA) Honda CBR600RR 1'39.664
27 28 Vos A. (NED) Honda CBR600RR 1'40.712
28 71 Morillas J. (ESP) Yamaha YZF R6 1'40.771
29 78 Geronimi S. (AUS) Suzuki GSX-R600 1'41.257
30 88 Guerra Y. (ESP) Yamaha YZF R6 1'42.086

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Michael Guy

By Michael Guy

Sports Editor, former 250-racer and adventure rider