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Jun 19, 2017

Toprak Sixth At Misano As Deroue Still Leads WorldSSP300

STK1000 rider Toprak Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was sixth at the Misano round on his Ninja ZX-10RR, after a stopped and restarted race that was finally held over just five laps.

The planned 15-lap race was halted when a rival's machine experienced a technical problem and oil on the track brought out the red flags. Toprak was in a podium position for a time in both legs of a STK1000 contest, of which only the five lap second race counted for points. After a tough fight in the second race he was finally ranked sixth on the day.

Attempting to get back into contention with the top three after being overtaken by two riders in quick succession, an attempted pass inside his rivals into the Quercia left hand corner almost paid off for Toprak. After drifting wide on the exit he dropped to seventh, however.

Only a last corner move ensured that Toprak would re-pass his fellow Kawasaki rider Jeremy Guarnoni (Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) for sixth place, with Guarnoni right behind in seventh.

Ilya Mykhalchyk (Triple M Racing Kawasaki) went ninth in the short five-lap race, with Glenn Scott (Agro On-Benjan Kawasaki) scoring a point for 15th.

Razgatlioglu now sits second in the championship rankings, by one point, with Michael Ruben Rinaldi on 90 and Toprak on 89. Guarnoni is seventh overall with 38 points.

"We haven't fought for the win in Italy, at Misano, so I finished sixth in a very short race," said Razgatlioglu. "When the championship restarts after the summer break hopefully I will fight for the championship in the other races. Many thanks to everyone for their support once again."

Scott Deroue (MTM HS Kawasaki) still leads the WorldSSP300 championship, which is all-new for the 2017 season. Scott was the fastest Kawasaki rider at a warm and sunny Misano, in a 13-lap race that went full distance.

Deroue's championship lead, which he has held since the start of the season after winning the first two rounds, is now three points, over Mika Perez.

Female rider Ana Carrasco (ETG Racing Kawasaki) was 14th and scored two points at Misano, which puts her into tenth place in the championship after the first five rounds.

For both WorldSSP300 and STK1000 categories the next meeting will be held after the long summer break, at Lausitzring in Germany on Sunday 20th August.

"Again it was a really difficult race. Outside of the Imola round I have always been the best-classified rider on a Kawasaki," said Deroue. "Now that brings me a twelfth position and it isn't a good result for me. It's hard to see, as I'm giving my best. Now Perez is my biggest threat, after his victory at Misano. I'm now going to prepare myself in the best possible way for the last four rounds, to keep the leading position in this championship during the second half of the season."

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