SOFUOGLU TWO FOR TWO AFTER CHARPENTIER RETIRES FOR AN INJURY Kenan Sofuoglu (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) once more showed his true talent and class by winning the German round of the championship, being content to sit behind long term...
SOFUOGLU TWO FOR TWO AFTER CHARPENTIER RETIRES FOR AN INJURY
Kenan Sofuoglu (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) once more showed his true talent and class by winning the German round of the championship, being content to sit behind long term leader Kevin Curtain until the 19th lap of 23, then pouncing to score his second win in as many weekends. His team-mate Sebastien Charpentier (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR), who is chasing the overall title, was in some difficulty in the early laps and ran off the circuit on the seventh lap. He went down the escape road at turn one, but took a wrong turn in the tyre barrier area, hit the tyres as he attempted to pass between them, and restarted well down on the leaders. He pulled in to retire from the race on lap nine dropping valuable championship points.
Sofuoglu also scored the new track lap record, on lap four, with a 1'42.090.
In the championship Charpentier has an unchanged 144 points, with Kevin Curtain on 171 Sofuoglu now sits fourth, only two points from third.
Ronald Ten Kate -- Team Manager
"Of course I have very mixed feelings at the moment. Clearly we have lost some very important points for the championship with Sebastien, and the gap now means that we have no more opportunities to have the cards in out hand for the rest of the year; we have to wait for Kevin now. That is a big pity. On the other hand, when we look to the other side of the garage, we saw Kenan win again, and it was a strong win. He won in the wet at Assen and there were maybe more people even then who still doubted the abilities of Kenan in the dry, but he has answered that only a week afterwards. I think it is clear that he is going in the correct way. I am so happy for him."
Kenan Sofuoglu -- Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider
(First -- Championship Position: 4th with 117 points)
"I am very happy because last weekend when I won in Assen it was in the rain but now in the dry I have won again and that is very satisfying. Now I have one race victory in each condition. I have to keep working like this; I have two races more and I should be on the podium. I would like to say thank you to Honda and Winston Ten Kate Honda Team because they have worked really hard with me for the second half of the year and now the results are coming. My career really started here in Germany, at this track in 2002, so it is fantastic to win a race here."
Sebastien Charpentier -- Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider
(DNF -- Championship Position: 2nd with 144 points)
"When I ran off the track and then hit the tyre barriers I hurt my left hand a lot in the impact. I simply had to retire from the race after that. I fractured my ring finger but I should be able to race in Imola. It's very disappointing to lose so many points today."