From pole position to podium for Sofuoglu HANNspree Ten Kate Honda's Kenan Sofuoglu continued his domination of the 2007 World Supersport Championship at the Autodrome Nazionale Monza in Italy today. The young Turkish rider secured his fifth...
From pole position to podium for Sofuoglu
HANNspree Ten Kate Honda's Kenan Sofuoglu continued his domination of the 2007 World Supersport Championship at the Autodrome Nazionale Monza in Italy today. The young Turkish rider secured his fifth race win of the year after starting from pole position and smashing the existing Monza Supersport lap record.
Sofuoglu secured his the lead early on after climbing from fourth to first position in a single lap of the 5.793km circuit. In doing so, he set the fastest lap of the race with a record-breaking time of 1'50.550. The 23-year-old then proceeded to open up the gap between himself and the chasing pack, extending his lead with every lap.
Sofuoglu crossed the finish line almost four seconds ahead of second place rider Fabien Foret to secure the win and add another 25 points to his tally. He now leads the championship with a massive 145 points.
Sebastien Charpentier's started today's 16-lap race on good form and maintained station in the leading group for the majority of the race. However, an unfortunate mistake on lap 15 caused the Frenchman to crash his CBR600RR at the Ascari chicane. He was uninjured but was forced to retire from the race. Charpentier is now placed seventeenth in the standings with 23 points.
Ronald ten Kate, Team Manager:
"We are obviously very, very happy with the result for Kenan. He is becoming a very fast and consistent rider in the championship and he has extended his lead even further today. The race went more or less how we had planned because we wanted to preserve the clutch at the beginning. This was one of our main concerns and after this he did a perfect job. I am really sorry for Sebastien. He didn't have the power to keep with the leading group and then he had a problem when he missed a gear causing him to crash at the chicane. Anyway, we were going in the right direction with him and he is getting back on track. All he needs now is a good result to boost his confidence and I am sure that he is more than capable."
"I am really, really happy! I was very nervous before the race because this a long track with long braking points and it is difficult to open the gap. I had quite a bad start and I was in sixth or seventh position to begin with, but this was actually quite good because it gave me a chance to judge the other riders speeds. I knew that I was faster and I pushed to take the lead. Once I had it I didn't want to push too hard, I just tried to maintain the lead I had and it worked. I want to thank my team, my mechanics and HANNspree. I am really happy to extend my lead, but there are seven races to go and that is seven races I need to be on the podium so there is still a lot of work to do. I am keeping my focus."
"I don't know exactly what happened today, it is difficult to explain the problem at the moment because I need to sit down with my mechanics and go through all the data from the race. I lost the grip after about ten laps, particularly on the exit to the Parabollica. It has not been a good day, but I hope I can get good results at the next race because for the moment it is very difficult for me. I try my best all the time in practice, but for some reason during the race it is just not working. I look forward to Silverstone to try and improve the situation."