The World Champion has been on top form at the last three rounds
A third successive victory for Kenan Sofuoglu saw him take maximum points again in Sunday’s WorldSSP race at the PATA UK Round, but the World Champion insists his immediate goal is simply to keep returning to the top step of the podium - rather than already start thinking about the title.
The Turkish rider missed the first two rounds of the year due to a hand injury sustained in pre-season training and then crashed out on his return to racing at Aragon in Round 3. Since then Sofuoglu has fought his way back to second in the championship after six races thanks to consecutive wins at Assen, Imola and Donington Park.
He took victory from pole with a great ride in the UK reaching the chequered flag 2.45s in front of his rival Lucas Mahias (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team), who was second. Consistent podium form from Mahias, however, means the Frenchman still leads the standings by 30 points, but Kawasaki Puccetti Racing team rider Sofuoglu is now up to second.
The five-time World Champion commented, “To be completely honest I am still not thinking about the championship. My goal is to keep winning races, because when I lost the first three races I decided it is not a big problem or really important if I can’t be champion but I will be very happy if I win as many races as possible. I keep working hard and I have zero stress for the races, I just keep pushing. Today I am very happy because finally I am fast again.”