WSS: Ten Kate Honda season preview

HANNspree Ten Kate Honda ready for Supersport success With less than two weeks to go until the first round of the 2007 World Supersport Championship, HANNspree Ten Kate Honda is well prepared for the season ahead. The opening race will take...

HANNspree Ten Kate Honda ready for Supersport success

With less than two weeks to go until the first round of the 2007 World Supersport Championship, HANNspree Ten Kate Honda is well prepared for the season ahead. The opening race will take place at the 5.4km Losail International Circuit in Doha, Qatar on the 24 February.

HANNspree Ten Kate Honda's World Supersport riders return to the championship aboard the all-new CBR600RR. The 600cc four-cylinder bike has performed well in winter testing and is sure to follow the success of its championship-winning predecessor in the 2007 series.

Defending back-to-back Supersport champion Sébastien Charpentier is hoping to score a hat trick of series wins in his third year with the team. At the 2006 Qatar round the Frenchman secured the best lap time, pole position and race win. The track obviously suits his riding style, so the team is expecting good things for the 2007 race.

Turkish rider Kenan Sofuoglu also retains his place in the team and is set to provide a serious challenge to his team-mate. The 22-year-old secured third position overall in the 2006 Championship -- an impressive achievement for the young rider's first year in world Supersport. After securing seven podium finishes in 2006 -- including two race wins -- Kenan is likely to be a serious championship contender in 2007.

Recent tests in Phillip Island and Valencia have given the HANNspree Ten Kate Honda riders the chance to get to grips with the new bike. The team is looking forward to kicking off the battle for the championship title in Qatar next week.

Ronald ten Kate, Team Manager:

"We are all excited about racing the new Honda CBR600RR. The bike has already shown its potential during winter testing, but of course racing is something different. We still have some development to do with the bike but I think we will have a solid start to the season. We have worked really hard, so big compliments to Honda Japan for delivering a standard bike that is already strong; to the Ten Kate tuners for making the bike so quick and also to the team for building what I think is the best CBR600RR in Ten Kate racing history. Now we have to take it racing and we look forward to getting the best results possible. Both Kenan and Sébastien are aiming for wins this season so we will keep our fingers crossed."

Sébastien Charpentier:

"Qatar is a good track for me, I won the first race of the series there last year and in 2005 so it is suited to my style. I think with the new bike there is a good possibility for me to finish on the podium. The team has worked very hard to get the bike ready for the first race. I feel very relaxed."

Kenan Sofouglu:

"I am really looking forward to the start of the season. For me, it is better than last year because 2006 was my first year in Supersport and I had no idea what would happen. Now I know the class, I know the other riders, I know my team and I know what to expect. We have already tested with the new bike and it is a big improvement. The test times are much faster than last year. I think Sébastien and I we will do a very good job for HANNspree and Ten Kate Honda."

-credit: tkhr

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Kenan Sofuoglu , Sébastien Charpentier , Phillip Island