Tenth podium of the year for Sofuoglu Round 11 of the 2007 World Supersport Championship concluded at Lausitz today with yet another podium finish for HANNspree Ten Kate Honda's Kenan Sofuoglu. The Turkish rider added a further 20 points to...
Tenth podium of the year for Sofuoglu
Round 11 of the 2007 World Supersport Championship concluded at Lausitz today with yet another podium finish for HANNspree Ten Kate Honda's Kenan Sofuoglu. The Turkish rider added a further 20 points to his standings tally, which sees Honda secure the Manufacturers' Championship with two rounds remaining.
Sofuoglu started today's 23-lap race determined to claim the victory - despite already claiming the series title at Brands Hatch. He got off to great start and entered into a fierce battle for the top spot with Broc Parkes. The pair swapped places numerous times in an exhilarating display of inch-perfect riding that had the 49,500 spectators on the edge of their seats.
In the end, it was Parkes that won the fight after passing Sofuoglu for the final time on lap 21. The HANNspree Ten Kate Honda rider made an official complaint to the series organiser, believing that Parkes had overtaken while the yellow flag was out. However, a lack of evidence meant that the victory remained with Parkes.
Team-mate Sebastien Charpentier's bad luck continued once again as he struggled with grip on the tyres of his CBR600RR. After a very strong start, the Frenchman was unable to maintain station and eventually finished the race in ninth place. However the result sees him collect seven all-important points to climb to twelfth in the overall standings.
Ronald ten Kate, Team Manager:
"It was a very exciting Supersport race today with a nice battle between Broc Parkes and Kenan. Towards the end there was a situation with a yellow flag being waved at the same time as Broc took the lead. However, there is no proof of this on the race footage so congratulations have to go to Broc for the win. I am disappointed for Kenan because he wanted this win so badly, so for sure he has something prove in Vallelunga.
"For Sebastien, the first part of the race was looking good, but the grip went in his tyres and he could not maintain his position. He dropped back quite a bit, but we will try to improve n this at the next round. What we do have to celebrate today is the manufacturers' title for Honda. We are now 51 points clear, which means nobody else can catch up. We'd like to thank Honda for the all-new CBR600RR, which has not only won the riders' titles but now also the Manufacturers' Championship."
"For me it was really important to win this race because I won here last year and also because I am the champion now so I feel that I should prove myself by winning. Broc Parkes was really strong today and I know that his bike is good around here. I fought with him for the entire 23-laps and it was not easy, but there is only so much you can do without losing the grip in the rear and in the front. He managed to get passed me and by the final lap I knew there was nothing more I could do to catch him. Anyway, I put in 100% here so I know that at Vallelunga and Magny Cours I will put in 130% because I really want to win those races!"
"Once again, I am disappointed. It was difficult for me today because I was ready before the race and I was on pole position but immediately the grip on the tyre began to go and I couldn't push as hard as I wanted to. All the team are working really hard and I just hope that we can improve for Vallelunga and Magny Cours."