Charpentier on top at home circuit HANNspree Ten Kate Honda's Sebastien Charpentier started the final weekend of the 2007 World Supersport Championship in style today by topping the qualifying timesheet. Team-mate and 2007 World ...
Charpentier on top at home circuit
HANNspree Ten Kate Honda's Sebastien Charpentier started the final weekend of the 2007 World Supersport Championship in style today by topping the qualifying timesheet. Team-mate and 2007 World Supersport Champion Kenan Sofuoglu ended the official session as the third fastest rider.
The day began with a successful free practice session that saw Sofuoglu set seven fastest laps. Charpentier used the time to concentrate on race distance aboard his CBR600RR. Both riders entered the afternoon's official qualifying at the 4.411km French circuit in a positive frame of mind.
Charpentier began the 45-minute session with a run of laps on one tyre to continue his race distance development. He then returned to the garage to change his rear tyre before heading out on a mission to secure the fastest lap of the day. The Frenchman achieved his aim with an impressive time of 1'42.617 - just one tenth of a second off the Magny-Cours best lap he set in 2006. Having secured four fastest laps, Sofuoglu finished in third place on the timesheet with a lap of 1'43.048.
Ronald ten Kate, Team Manager:
"It's been a good start to the weekend for the Supersport riders with Sebastien at the top and Kenan in third. Sebastien is very close to the best lap around here, which he set in 2006. We have made progress today but we still have some work to do on the set-up of both bikes overnight and tomorrow. Hopefully we can do that and see both guys on the front row on Sunday."
"We have changed quite a lot on the set-up of the bike. It is completely different now compared to a few races ago. I have done many laps on one tyre today, checking my race distance and making sure I have a good rhythm. I then changed the tyre to go out and do one fast lap. My best lap here is a 1'42.5 and I got 1'42.6 today so I'm not far off. Tomorrow we will concentrate on distance again and for sure I think I can be faster. I am concentrating on maintaining the pace in the first ten laps of the race and I think we are getting there."
[kenan-day-1-mc.jpg] "Today was not bad - this morning went really well. At the moment we are testing a lot of parts for next year. That is a bonus of already winning the championship - we are able to develop the bike for 2008. I always try my best and I have been consistently fast all day, so hopefully I can keep this up for tomorrow and the race because, as usual, I want to win"