After topping Friday, Sofuoğlu went on to qualify second on the grid in the morning’s Superpole session. The bLU cRU youngster bided his time throughout Race 1, with the top 32 riders all within the lead group for much of the 12-lap opener.
The Turkish rider was always within range of the podium positions, and on the final two laps began his move towards the front. Sofuoğlu took second place on the last lap and held on to record a long-awaited podium finish.
The Kawakami brothers were separated by just 0.004s over the line, while Diaz, who was part of the 2020 bLU cRU program, enjoyed a fantastic return to the championship to finish fifth at his home event.
For Race 1 results, click here.