Sofuoglu secures seventh Supersport success HANNspree Ten Kate Honda's Kenan Sofuoglu added another race win to his already impressive tally at the Autodromo di Vallelunga today. The result marks his seventh victory of the season and his 11th...
Sofuoglu secures seventh Supersport success
HANNspree Ten Kate Honda's Kenan Sofuoglu added another race win to his already impressive tally at the Autodromo di Vallelunga today. The result marks his seventh victory of the season and his 11th podium finish from 12 race starts. It also sees Sofuoglu equal the current record for the highest number of wins in a single season, held by former Ten Kate Honda rider Karl Muggeridge.
Despite already securing the series title at Brands Hatch in August, Sofuoglu remained determined to claim the race win in Italy today. He started from third on the grid and quickly picked up the pace to settle into second behind pole-sitter Craig Jones. Sofuoglu maintained station for the majority of the race, staying within one tenth of a second of his race rival and waiting for the right time to overtake.
By lap 16, the HANNspree Ten Kate Honda rider had stolen the lead, however Jones was hot on his tail and has passed Sofuoglu by the start of lap 18. At this point, a crash on the first sector of the track caused an oil spill and, subsequently, a red flag situation. The race was stopped and the positions at the end of lap 17 determined the final results, with Sofuoglu in first and Jones in second place.
Sebastien Charpentier had difficult race after experiencing problems with grip on the tyres of his CBR600RR. He got off to a strong start, but eventually finished ninth position to pick up seven points and climb into the top ten in the championship standings. The Frenchman remains positive that he can secure a good result at the final round of the season at his home circuit of Magny Cours in seven days time.
Ronald ten Kate, Team Manager:
"This was another perfect race for Kenan, although he had to work hard today because Jones has been riding so well this weekend. Kenan was just in time with his move on Jones before the red flag. We are happy that he is achieving his personal ambitions and breaking records in the Supersport class. I feel sorry for Sebastien. He struggled with grip and couldn't keep up his lap times. Hopefully his home race next week will be a lot better."
"I am really surprised by how good Jones was today - every weekend I seem to have different competition and Jones was really strong round here. I made a mistake early on and then I took it steady and stayed behind Jones, watching his lines and planning to catch him in the last five laps. By lap 17 I had passed him, but it was really close and at that point the red flag came out. I was pretty lucky there because if it had been one lap later Jones would have got the win. I'm really happy, especially after my second place at Lausitz. The Honda CBR600RR is working really well and I want to say a big thanks to the team because we have had 11 podiums in 12 rounds and that is not bad!"
"Today has been another difficult day for me. Again, I had a great feeling on the bike during qualifying and free practice and I was confident about the race, but the grip went and I couldn't keep up with pack. My mechanics have all been working really hard to sort out the issues we have been having and I thank them for that. Hopefully we will be able to improve in time for my home race next week."