HANNspree Ten Kate Honda dominates at Lausitz Round 11 of the 2007 World Supersport Championship kicked off at the 4.265km Eurospeedway Laustiz in Germany today. Despite unsettled weather, HANNspree Ten Kate Honda ended the qualifying session...
HANNspree Ten Kate Honda dominates at Lausitz
Round 11 of the 2007 World Supersport Championship kicked off at the 4.265km Eurospeedway Laustiz in Germany today. Despite unsettled weather, HANNspree Ten Kate Honda ended the qualifying session in a positive mood having secured the top two spots on the first-day timesheet for the third consecutive round.
Kenan Sofuolglu and Sebastien Charpentier opted out of this morning's free practice due to the wet conditions on track. However, this had no effect on their performance in the afternoon qualifying as both riders secured impressive lap times on race tyres.
Sofuoglu dominated the majority of the 45-minute session, securing the fastest lap seven times and ending with a final best time of 1'41.837. He was just beaten by team-mate Charpentier, who put in a fast lap of 1'41.366 in the dying seconds - shaving four tenths of a second off his team-mate's time. Both riders are confident that they can hold on to the top spots for Sunday's 23-lap race.
Ronald ten Kate, Team Manager:
"It's been a perfect start to the weekend on the Supersport side of things with a first and second position. With the unsettled weather conditions this morning we decided not to send the riders out to avoid any risk. The forecast was for dry weather in the afternoon anyway. Both boys were really quick to work and they have already done a number of good laps on the race tyres. I am especially delighted for Sebastien, who doesn't have the best memory of this track in the past two seasons. He is already fastest on the first day so that is good to see. The Honda CBR600RR is performing well and we are on track to stay at the top tomorrow"
"This was not bad for the first day. This morning is was not easy for everybody because the weather was not good. This afternoon was much better and we have gathered a lot for information for the technicians. I think we will be able to stay at the front. I hope the weather is nice because that is very important. Overall, it is not completely perfect but the bike is feeling very good and I think we have a chance to be on pole tomorrow."
"Today has been quite good. It's great to be back on track again and to get a first and second is great for the team. If someone has to be in front of me then I want it to be Sebastien and I am happy to see him back on form. I'm also pleased to be back on the bike and riding fast after such a busy time in Turkey after Brands Hatch. I think I can be faster tomorrow, but I am really happy with today - the bike feels good and I think I am capable of winning the race."