VOS MAKES PROGRESS AS SOFUOGLU STRUGGLES UNDER THE MISANO SUN Standing in for regular team rider Sebastien Charpentier, Arie Vos (Winston Ten Kate Honda) posted a 13th best time out of 37 riders in the sizzling hot opening qualifying...
VOS MAKES PROGRESS AS SOFUOGLU STRUGGLES UNDER THE MISANO SUN
Standing in for regular team rider Sebastien Charpentier, Arie Vos (Winston Ten Kate Honda) posted a 13th best time out of 37 riders in the sizzling hot opening qualifying session at Misano, with more to come in the final qualifying session on Saturday 24th June. His team-mate for the weekend, Kenan Sofuoglu (Winston Ten Kate Honda) made a disappointing start to his Misano weekend, running only 24th fastest.
With air temperatures over 31C and track temperatures of 53C, Misano was a pressure cooker on day one, and the action on the track was made all the more frenetic after the session had to be stopped and momentarily restarted in the aftermath of a crash, close to the completion of the session.
Ronald Ten Kate - Team Manager
"It's very strange for us not to have Sebastien Charpentier here at this race but I hope he will be back with us soon. It was a good first day for Arie, at what is a very hot Misano. His is more or less used to the bike but the tyres are quite different from the ones he runs with in the national championships, and working with the team is a little bit different for him too. He did very well and for sure he will improve tomorrow. We are surprised to see Kenan that far back when he showed his speed at the recent Brno tests. He was with the fastest guys there, so we will have a good look at the data to see exactly what is happening there. It is not the position where he would prefer to be, so we need to make some adjustments there to get him further up the grid tomorrow."
Arie Vos -- Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider
(13th position -- Fastest lap time 1'38.879)
"Not bad today but there are some important places on this track where if you get them right you can go really fast, and there were some things I did wrong today. After we look at the split times and the data we can improve for tomorrow and for sure I can go faster. Gerrit Ten Kate and my brother went on to the track and they watched me at various places, so they can give me some advice. The goal for tomorrow is the second row, that would be nice."
Kenan Sofuoglu -- Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider
(24th position -- Fastest lap time 1'39.756)
"It's a shame to be not so fast after the good test at Brno so we will have to look at the data and find out where and why I am losing time. I tried everything today but when I see a result like this it makes it very difficult for me. This is not me; my position is not 24th. If I am fifth or fourth I can understand but 24th I really can't understand. I have put in 100% in preparation for this and I will keep working right through to Sunday."