SOFUOGLU AND CHARPENTIER MAKE BRIGHTS STARTS AT SUNNY BRNO In his comeback ride after suffering recent pelvic and shoulder injuries, Sebastien Charpentier (Winston Ten Kate Honda) went fifth fastest in the opening qualifying session at Brno,...
SOFUOGLU AND CHARPENTIER MAKE BRIGHTS STARTS AT SUNNY BRNO
In his comeback ride after suffering recent pelvic and shoulder injuries, Sebastien Charpentier (Winston Ten Kate Honda) went fifth fastest in the opening qualifying session at Brno, one place behind his on-form team-mate, Kenan Sofuoglu (Winston Ten Kate Honda). Hot ambient and track temperatures made the 45-minute session hard for all involved, but the Winston Ten Kate Honda Team nevertheless made a satisfactory start overall, with one more qualifying session left in which to improve times still further. Charpentier was injured in a testing crash at this very circuit, but showed little fear as he eased himself back into the role of racer, after missing the previous round at Misano.
Ronald Ten Kate - Team Manager
"Quite a good start to the weekend really, and it's good to have Sebastien back and immediately near the top of the time-sheets again. We need to take it step-by-step with him over the weekend, and try to build confidence, and the most important thing for us is to build points from here. We have enjoyed it to see him in the position he is in now and I'm sure he will improve even more tomorrow. It's also good to have Kenan so far up the sheets, because he is normally a slower starter on the weekend. For tomorrow we will have to work as hard as possible to make the bikes better and to make life easier for the riders around this track. It is going to be very hot on Sunday, as we know. We'll be studying the race set-ups we tried today very closely, to get the perfect bike for the guys to ride on Sunday."
Sebastien Charpentier - Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider
(5th position - 2'06.906)
"It wasn't so easy because for over a month I have not been near a bike, after having to suffer a big five hour operation, so it has not been easy for my body. There is no pain but the muscles in my back have perished through lack of use, and they are vital for changing direction. The afternoon was better than the morning for me, and it will only get better all weekend. It's nice to come back to the team, I like and respect everyone involved and it is good to be working with them again. The new front Pirelli is good so I feel positive, confident for the future, because after this we have two weeks until Brands. I think it was possible for me to have set a 2'06.5 this afternoon, except for the traffic."
Kenan Sofuoglu - Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider
(4th position - 2.06.863)
"A not so bad start and I did do a test here last month so we have a lot of information from there. That is very good for me because every time I got to a new track I first have to learn everything from zero again. Today was OK but tomorrow I will have to do even more. I want to start from the front row so tomorrow I will do everything possible to make sure I do."