The 4.554km Chang International Circuit proved to be straightforward in layout if not in the action that unfolded on it, with Sofuoglu taking the lead for the first three laps, only to lose it to long-time leader Jules Cluzel. The Frenchman was to stop with a technical issue leaving local rider Ratthapark Wilairot to the win while Jacobsen and Sofuoglu contested second and third places into the last corner of the last lap.
Kenan Sofuoglu was to come out on top and also move himself into second place in the championship fight with 30 points after the first two rounds of the World Supersport championship have been completed.
The next round will take place on 12th April, at the impressive Motorland Aragon circuit in Spain.
Kenan Sofuoglu: “We got the podium we wanted but I cannot say I am completely happy with it. I am pleased to score 20 points but I am not so happy with our pace in the race. Our main problem was that the temperatures went up and the track grip changed, which meant we were around a second slower than yesterday. My gearbox was set up for a faster corner speed so in the race I felt like I could not accelerate quickly out of the corners where you need full acceleration. In some parts of the track I was faster than other riders but out of the last corner and the first corner I lost too much. But we still took 20 points and the championship is still open. This was a very hard race for us but the coming races will not be like this one for me.”
1. R. Wilairot
2. K. Sofuoglu
3. P. Jacobsen
Overall – World Supersport championship
1. R. WILAIROT HONDA 36 points
2. K. SOFUOGLU KAWASAKI 30 points
3. J. CLUZEL MV AGUSTA 25 points
4. P. JACOBSEN KAWASAKI 22 points
5. G. REA HONDA 22 points