Clean sweep for Sofuoglu at Brno HANNspree Ten Kate Honda's Kenan Sofuoglu totally dominated the ninth round the 2007 World Supersport Championship at Brno by scooping every available accolade. The Turkish rider topped the timesheets in ...
Clean sweep for Sofuoglu at Brno
HANNspree Ten Kate Honda's Kenan Sofuoglu totally dominated the ninth round the 2007 World Supersport Championship at Brno by scooping every available accolade. The Turkish rider topped the timesheets in all free practice and qualifying sessions, smashed the existing Supersport lap record, secured pole position, set a new race best lap and claimed the race win.
The extraordinary feat sees Sofuoglu extend his series lead to 186 points - a huge 70 points clear of second place rider Fabien Foret. The 22-year-old led today's 18-lap race from start to finish, leaving his rivals struggling to close the gap. He crossed the finish line with an 11.313 second advantage to claim his sixth race win of the 2007 season.
Following another tough weekend, team-mate Sebastien Charpentier's bad luck continued during this afternoon's race. The Frenchman started well and held fast in second place for the first part of the race. However, he was unable to keep his pace and eventually finished in tenth position to pick up eight points. Charpentier now lies in twelfth in the championship standings ahead of the tenth round at Brands Hatch in two weeks time.
Ronald ten Kate, Team Manager:
"This is another perfect ending to a great weekend for Kenan. He has secured the new outright lap record for the circuit, a new lap record in the race, the win and extended his lead to 70 points clear. This is very important with only four races left to go. He is in a good position now and he doesn't have to attack anymore. It was a brilliant ride from him today - we had a couple more problems than expected, but he kept his head cool and did the job.
"For Sebastien it has been another tough weekend. At the beginning of the race we could see that his speed is still there. He definitely still has the talent but we just need to get the flame going again with him to get him back where he belongs. Let's see how Brands Hatch goes - it is one of his favourite tracks so we hope to improve. Overall, I am a very happy man."
"The race was not easy but I am very happy because this weekend I have done something for the first time in my career. For the whole weekend, in every free practice and qualifying session I was fastest, I got pole position, the race win and set a new lap record for the circuit. Normally this is a very difficult thing to do and I am so pleased that I have achieved it. I had a very good test here and I had a good feeling about the weekend. We had a great set-up and everything has turned out perfectly. I want to thank everyone that has supported me - the team, the sponsors, my family. I am almost there now - there are just four races to go and if I can get one more race win I have the championship. I need to keep my focus and hopefully I can do it a Brands Hatch."
"It was not an easy race for me. After four or five laps I lost the grip in the front and rear. I think that my riding style is wrong for the set-up of the bike and at the moment I cannot find a good direction. When I lose the grip I am unable to keep up with the pack and just couldn't push hard enough. The situation is very difficult to for me to accept, but I have to look ahead. I really like Brands Hatch and I know that everybody will work hard to find a solution to this problem for the next race."