Yamaha R3 bLU cRU European Cup:
ups and down for Sofuoglu
With the sun shining over the Czech venue for the Tissot Superpole, bLU cRU rider Sofuoğlu managed to qualify in ninth on board the #54 R3 GYTR-kitted bike, seeing him start Race 1 from the inside of the third row.
The Turkish rider immediately joined the battle at the helm of the field in the race, trading places out front for the opening six laps. On the following tour though, the leader managed to pull a gap over the rest of the group, seeing Sofuoğlu now in a fight for second. On the final lap, the 18-year-old made his move and was alongside second position going into the final corner, but was compromised on the exit and dropped to fifth across the line.
For Yamaha MS Racing WorldSSP300 Supported Team’s Unai Orradre, qualifying got off to a strong start, with the Spaniard comfortably inside the top 10. While setting some of his fastest sector times though, Orradre fell and could not restart the bike, seeing him drop to 13th. In the race, the 17-year-old found himself down in 20th after the opening stages, but had recovered to 14th by lap three, before a crash on lap nine ended his top 10 chances.
After finishing fifth and just missing out once again on his first podium finish of the season in the opening race from the Czech venue, Sofuoğlu was fighting in the front group throughout Sunday’s event. With just three laps remaining, the Turkish bLU cRU youngster’s chain came off, which saw him forced to DNF.
Yamaha MS Racing WorldSSP300 Supported Team’s Unai Orradre endured a tough Most round. The Spanish youngster fell in Race 1 and was involved in a first corner incident on Sunday, which dropped him well outside of the points, eventually having to bring the bike in for his second DNF of the weekend.