HANNspree Ten Kate Honda's Kenan Sofuoglu ended a near-perfect 2007 World Supersport season at Magny-Cours today with another spectacular race win. The victory sees the 2007 World Superbike Champion's results tally reach 12 podium finishes, including eight race wins from 13 front row starts. Sofuoglu now holds the record for the highest number of victories in a single season.
Today's race was by no means easy for Sofuoglu as he entered into a fierce battle against Australian Broc Parkes. Parkes got the early lead, but it wasn't long before the HANNspree Ten Kate Honda rider chose his moment to slip passed into first.
On lap 13, Sofuoglu made a mistake and narrowly avoided crashing out of the race. Shaken but intact, he remained behind Parkes until lap 17 when he manoeuvred into the lead and held on to pass the chequered flag in the premier position.
For the second time this season, Sofuoglu secured the best lap, pole position, fastest lap, the race win and a new Magny-Cours lap record. He ends the 2007 World Supersport Championship with a record-breaking 276 points - 143 points clear of second-placed rider Broc Parkes. He will now leave the series to enter the 2008 World Superbike Championship.
Following a gruelling season, two-times World Superbike Champion Sébastien Charpentier was hoping for a good result at his home track. However, the Frenchman was forced to retire from the race on lap 11. He ends the season in 11th place in the standings with 51 points.
Ronald ten Kate, Team Manager:
"This was the perfect end to a perfect season for Kenan. Once again he had to fight really hard for the win - last week with Craig Jones and this week with Broc Parkes. The lap times that both boys put in were just amazing. It was really great to see him end his Supersport career on top with the pole position, race win, best lap and lap record. Now we see him enter the Superbike class and I just hope to see him shine there as much as he has in Supersport. I'm sure he has a very bright future.
"We are sorry again for Sébastien - he was up there in qualifying but he dropped back in the race and was forced to retire."
"I lost the front tyre half way through there and just a managed to hold on to the bike, but that was very close. I didn't push too hard in the first few laps because I know that I can be strong at the end of the race. I followed Broc and waited for the right time to pass. After I nearly crashed I thought I had better take it easy so I waited a few more laps before trying to overtake again. It was a big ambition of mine to win here and to get the record for the most Supersport wins in a season. I am really happy to end this season on top before I go into World Superbikes next year."
"It has been a pretty unlucky season for me overall and I really wanted to end on a good note. Unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be. I have tried my best this year and I want to thank the team for everything they have done and the support they have given me this year and throughout my career."