After topping Friday’s combined times, Sofuoğlu managed to qualify on the front row with second in the Tissot Superpole session. In Race 1, the bLU cRU youngster enjoyed a strong start and briefly led, before settling in around the top eight positions throughout the race. The Turkish rider made his move towards the front in the final two laps, eventually finishing second – his first podium of the season.
In Race 2, Sofuoğlu was once again never out of reach of the podium places, and on the final lap he hit the front at Turn 10. On the run to the line, 2020 bLU cRU rider Alvaro Diaz, making a wildcard appearance this weekend, closed the gap but Sofuoğlu just held on to take victory by 0.003s.
Diaz backed up his impressive fifth-place finish, with an incredible ride to second in Race 2, while Ton Kawakami, who was also part of the bLU cRU program in 2020, was on the podium on Saturday in third.