SOFUOGLU SECOND QUICKEST WITH CHARPENTIER FOURTH Kenan Sofuoglu (Winston Ten Kate Honda) kicked off his Lausitz weekend in fine style with the second fastest qualifying time of the official afternoon session, while his team-mate Sebastien...
SOFUOGLU SECOND QUICKEST WITH CHARPENTIER FOURTH
Kenan Sofuoglu (Winston Ten Kate Honda) kicked off his Lausitz weekend in fine style with the second fastest qualifying time of the official afternoon session, while his team-mate Sebastien Charpentier (Winston Ten Kate Honda) went fourth quickest, some 0.709 behind. Fastest rider was Charpentier's principle championship rival, Kevin Curtain, on 1'41.167.
After a recent test at Lausitz, and an early career spent racing in the German championship, Sofuoglu's track knowledge was a boon to him as he goes for consecutive race wins in what is his rookie year. Charpentier had to take time to get used to the Lausitz circuit again, but finished on a provisional front row position nonetheless, with another qualifying session available to him on Saturday.
Ronald Ten Kate -- Team Manager
"I am happy to have both riders on the provisional front row. Kenan is doing very well around here and matching his best time at the test. We will see more from him tomorrow as we are still having some difficulties with his set-up. For Sebastien, who didn't have the three-day test here, the time is OK, even if we have not quite decided on the gearing of the machine. To be this fast on the first day is OK, but we can still improve quite a bit. We will work hard overnight, but I have to say that overall I am quite satisfied with our performance today."
Kenan Sofuoglu -- Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider
(2nd Fastest - Fastest Lap 1'41.862 - 18 Laps)
"All OK because we had a test here and I have made a better lap times than I did then. Second position is good, but the problem will be the Yamaha rider in front of us, with a gap of almost seven tenths. We still have tomorrow to work on things. The bike is really OK, I just have to improve myself a little bit more. Hopefully I can find half a second or so, and then I can be closer. So I have a mission to improve my lap time and start the race from the front row."
Sebastien Charpentier -- Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider
(4th Fastest - Fastest Lap 1'42.571 - 16 Laps)
"It is the first day so we will have to see how it goes tomorrow. The bike is not perfectly set-up at the moment, and it is necessary to lift it up again, and tomorrow is a new day. There was no test here for me earlier this year, so I have to get used to the track which is slow and not in perfect conditions."
<pre> FIRST QUALIFYING: 1. Curtain Yamaha 1'41.167 2. Sofuoglu Winston Ten Kate Honda 1'41.862 3. Stigefelt Honda 1'42.569 4. Charpentier Winston Ten Kate Honda 1'42.571 5. Harms Honda 1'42.613