Ahead of the single qualifying session at 3:55pm this afternoon, Sofuoglu set the benchmark practice time of 1:33.145, with arch-rival and Dutch star Michael van der Mark (Honda, 1:33.156) right on his hammer.
The pair had a little bit to spare over American 20-year-old Patrick Jacobsen (Kawasaki, 1:33.476) and Briton Kev Coghlan (Yamaha, 1:33.590).
Of the Australia connection, Triumph’s Billy McConnell (1:34.556) has now upstaged Bryan Staring (1:34.586) as the fastest local, with the duo completing practice in 11th and 12th. Ryan Taylor (Yamaha) was 23rd after setting his fastest every lap around the grand prix circuit – 1:36.783.
The final practice session was cut short after Frenchman Florian Marino (Kawasaki) crashed heavily.
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