Starting from eighth position on the grid, Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha WorldSSP300 Supported Team rider Sofuoglu found himself at the back of the 11-rider strong leading group on the opening lap of today's 10-lap WorldSSP300 encounter. Sofuoglu got his head down and picked off his rivals lap by lap and, by mid-race distance, the number of riders contesting the win had been whittled down to just five, with the Turkish youngster well and truly in the mix.
Having taken his turn at the front of the race on a number of occasions, Sofuoglu made the race winning move with just two laps to go, pushing his way to the front and the defending the race lead until the end under tremendous pressure from former world champion, Anna Carrasco, fellow Yamaha rider, Hugo De Cancellis, and British rider Tom Booth Amos.
Combined with his sixth place in yesterday's Race 1, victory today means that Sofuoglu now lies second in the championship standings and just a single point from the top. The win also gave Yamaha maximum points and the lead in the WorldSSP300 manufacturers standings.
Yesterday's race winner, Yamaha MS Racing WorldSSP300 Supported Team rider Unai Orradre was also involved initially in the battle for the win in the leading group, but lost ground in the latter stages of the race and finished a creditable sixth. The Spanish youngster is third in the championship standings, but with the same 35 points as his bLU cRU teammate Sofuoglu.
Yamaha MS Racing's Ton Kawakami was the next bLU cRU rider home in 12th position, having started from 16th on the grid, while Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha's Alvaro Diaz also finished in the points, crossing the line in 15th position.
Yamaha MS Racing's Alan Kroh was again unfortunate to miss out on his first world championship points, as the German-Brazilian youngster added 17th position in the race today to his 16th place finish yesterday.
The Yamaha R3 bLU cRU Challenge, the winner of which will receive a supported ride for the 2020 season, is tied at the top after the first two races, but that could well change with the Yamaha bLU cRU class of 2020 heading to Portimão for another WorldSSP300 double header next weekend.
2020 Yamaha R3 bLU cRU Challenge Standings
1= Bahattin Sofuoglu
1= Unai Orradre
3. Ton Kawakami
4. Alvaro Diaz
5. Alan Kroh
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