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.
The bLU cRU riders will have one more chance to make the most of their potential this weekend, with Race 2 getting underway on Sunday at 13:45 (CEST).