WSS: Ten Kate Honda Lausitz Saturday notes

Charpentier on pole for HANNspree Ten Kate Honda HANNspree Ten Kate Honda's Sebastien Charpentier secured the 22nd pole position of his World Supersport career at the Eurospeedway Lausitz in Germany today. The Frenchman will start...

Charpentier on pole for HANNspree Ten Kate Honda

HANNspree Ten Kate Honda's Sebastien Charpentier secured the 22nd pole position of his World Supersport career at the Eurospeedway Lausitz in Germany today. The Frenchman will start tomorrow's 23-lap race from the top spot on the grid with team-mate Kenan Sofuoglu by his side in second position.

Yesterday's light drizzle turned to persistent rain today making riding conditions slippery and dangerous. Seventeen riders - including Sofuoglu - crashed out of the morning free practice. Although the rain stopped in the afternoon, the track surface did not dry out in time for the official qualifying session. Most riders opted to take it steady and the slower lap times resulted in yesterday's results determining the grid line-up.

With the local forecast predicting more rain for tomorrow, the focus for both HANNspree Ten Kate Honda riders was on finding the best set-up for the wet weather. The team is confident that Charpentier and Sofuoglu are ready to race as they aim to convert the one-two start into a double podium finish.

Ronald ten Kate, Team Manager:

"Today's weather meant that the job was done yesterday really. Today was more about finding a good set-up for the riders in the wet conditions and I think we have got that now. Kenan seems to be fast in the wet and the dry, so that is good. Sebastien didn't go out this morning, but he has improved this afternoon and we have done enough work to be confident for tomorrow."

Kenan Sofuoglu:

"We have stayed with the results from yesterday so I am happy to be starting from the front row. I can say now that I am ready to race in wet or dry conditions, although I am hoping that tomorrow is dry. I really hope that tomorrow we can make it a first and second with me and Sebastien. It would be great for him and, of course, I am champion now so I want to keep the standard up. I am ready to race - my ambition is to win the last three races and I am aiming for that tomorrow."

Sebastien Charpentier:

"It's been a strange day, it has not been easy. I took it easy this morning to avoid any risk because I already have good information for tomorrow. I am hoping that the weather is good - I need to do well for myself, my team and my sponsors. I am really pleased to be on pole and I am looking forward to racing tomorrow."

-credit: htkh

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