SOFUOGLU TAKES A SUPERB WIN AS CHARPENTIER BATTLES TO FOURTH Kenan Sofuoglu (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) scored his first ever World Supersport race victory on the home track of his team, after a two-part aggregate race, held in ...
SOFUOGLU TAKES A SUPERB WIN AS CHARPENTIER BATTLES TO FOURTH
Kenan Sofuoglu (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) scored his first ever World Supersport race victory on the home track of his team, after a two-part aggregate race, held in atrocious conditions. Sebastien Charpentier (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) crossed the line first in the second leg of the 21-lap combined race, but was only fourth overall.
The race was halted after ten laps when two riders crashed on the fast back straight section, while Sofuoglu was in a commanding lead, which translated to a four second margin of victory overall.
At the head of the championship Charpentier now sits on 144 points, second behind Assen second place Assen race finisher Kevin Curtain, who has a total of 151. Sofuoglu is now an improved fifth in the championship chase.
Ronald Ten Kate -- Team Manager
"A great result for Kenan, he has been showing his potential especially in the second half of the season, when he has been growing as a rider. To see him doing this is especially good in these difficult conditions. It shows we made the right choice for this season and I am happy because he has not had things easy. For Sebastien, in the conditions of race one he just wanted to sit and wait to see how things went, and that was the correct choice, before making a push to catch the front group. Then the race was red flagged, so we knew that in the second part it was always going to be difficult to gain the positions to the front. But he has shown us he is back on track and the championship is still open. I am a happy man to see this win for Kenan in front of my home crowd."
Kenan Sofuoglu -- WSS Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider
(First -- Championship Position: 5th with 92 points)
"I am particularly happy because it didn't start right for me, Friday and Saturday were not particularly nice. I started from ninth position but when it started to rain I knew I had a different chance. I am now really happy to win especially at Assen because it is Ten Kate's home race and I live just 30km from here. So it is particularly nice. Now we got to Lausitz and I know it and like it. Hopefully I can win another race in the three that remain."
Sebastien Charpentier -- WSS Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider
(4th -- Championship Position: 2nd with 144 points)
"Happy? Yes and no but I am not satisfied, because I finished fourth. That does not make me happy but it was a crazy race, not easy, and I tried my best to make a small gap in the second leg. The championship is open, and for me seven points is what I have to make up. There is no choice for me now, and maybe now I need the help of the other Honda riders to take points from my rival. I am very happy for Kenan."
<pre> CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING: 1. Curtain Yamaha 151 points 2. Charpentier Winston Ten Kate Honda 144 points 3. Parkes Yamaha 119 points 4. Harms Honda 97 points 5. Sofuoglu Winston Ten Kate Honda 92 points