First Supersport qualifying session takes place in the wet The first European round of the 2007 World Supersport Championship kicked off at a cold and wet Donington Park today. It was a mixed day for HANNspree Ten Kate Honda with Kenan Sofuoglu...
First Supersport qualifying session takes place in the wet
The first European round of the 2007 World Supersport Championship kicked off at a cold and wet Donington Park today. It was a mixed day for HANNspree Ten Kate Honda with Kenan Sofuoglu putting in an impressive performance on his debut at the 4.02km track. Meanwhile, his team-mate Sebastien Charpentier was forced to sit out of the first qualifying session following a crash during the wet morning practice.
Kenan Sofuoglu once again proved that he is a rider to watch in 2007. Despite having never ridden at Donington Park before, the young Turkish rider battled the far-from-perfect conditions to secure the third fastest time of the day. After putting in the fastest laps for much of the 45-minute session, he finished with a best time of 1'41.621.
Sebastien Charpentier started the free practice well, but the conditions got the better of him as he slid off the track 35 minutes in. The Frenchman suffered damage to his pelvic ligaments and is under observation to determine whether he will participate in tomorrow's second qualifying session at the Derbyshire circuit.
Ronald ten Kate, Team Manager:
"Today didn't start well with Sebastien crashing out in what was actually a very low speed incident. He has stretched some of the ligaments in his pelvis and we are investigating if there has been any movement of the metal plate in his collarbone injury from 2006. We still think he will be OK to ride tomorrow but for today he needed to rest. Kenan took to the track for the team and he found his way around a wet Donington Park pretty quickly. He was the fastest man out there for much of the session. We decided to keep going with wet tyres when other riders moved to intermediates or even dry tyres because he was doing so well and our aim is to be on the front row. We hope that tomorrow will be dry and we hope even more that Sebastien will be back with us and we will be a full team once again."
"I am happy with today. This morning it was completely wet and we had to make a lot of adjustments to the new CBR600RR to try to get the right set-up. For the qualifying session this afternoon, the conditions were much better - the track was starting to dry out. I actually like it when some parts are dry and some parts are wet, so it was not as bad for me as it was for the other riders. A lot of my main competitors were far behind in the timings. Having said that, I hope that tomorrow brings completely dry conditions! I think if it is dry tomorrow we will be able to make good progress on the set-up and I can do a lot better."