SOFUOGLU BATTLES HARD FOR EIGHTH PLACE AT MISANO Kenan Sofuoglu (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) fought hard from a ninth place start to finish eighth overall at Misano, after 23 laps of intense competition in hot temperatures. He had...
SOFUOGLU BATTLES HARD FOR EIGHTH PLACE AT MISANO
Kenan Sofuoglu (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) fought hard from a ninth place start to finish eighth overall at Misano, after 23 laps of intense competition in hot temperatures. He had been as high as fourth at one stage, but as the time wore on and the heat started to tell, he slowly moved back to finish eighth, scoring valuable points in his championship effort. His team-mate for this weekend, Arie Vos, scored points for his 14th place finish, making up several positions from his 23rd place qualifying spot.
The race was taken by hometown rider Massimo Roccoli, from Simone Sanna and Broc Parkes. Despite Sebastien Charpentier missing this race through injury, he did not lose as many points to his main challenger, Kevin Curtain, as feared. Curtain finished only sixth, making up only ten points on Charpentier's championship lead. Charpentier has 116 points, with Curtain now on 86. Sofuoglu now has 35 points in ninth place, with Vos scoring two points for 14th.
Ronald Ten Kate -- Team Manager
"The most important thing for us is that we still have a strong lead in the championship with Sebastien, and his main rivals did not score so well. The damage is not so big after Seb had to miss this round. The good news is that we spoke with him and his doctors again today and it is very sure he will be fit again for the Brno race, so it will be good to have him back there. The weekend for us was very different without Sebastien around, but I think Kenan did quite a good job, and I think that after the weekend he has had, eighth position was the maximum possible for him. He showed his speed again and was in a group battling for fourth until he got blocked a bit by a crashing rider and he lost some time. Arie has had to race every weekend for the past seven weekends, and has a normal job as well, so he is quite worn out. But I am happy to see him finish in the points. At World Supersport level, you have to arrive in perfect shape if you want to be in the top ten. He did good job. Compliments to him"
Kenan Sofuoglu -- WSS Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider
(8th position -- Championship Position: 9th with 35 points)
"I started very well but it was I was really tired after five laps, but if I had condition today for sure I would have had a podium. Until the seventh lap I was as fast as the guys ahead of me, but after that lap I had to slow down. I was very nervous before the race and that made me tense on the bike. I just have to learn to relax more and if I can do that then no problem."
Arie Vos -- WSS Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider
(14th position -- Championship Position: 31st with 2 points)
"There was a lot of work to do because of the start position but I kept my position at the start and pushed hard in the first laps. I tried to find a good rhythm, and stay focused for a long race. It think I pushed to the maximum today and if I had been offered 14th place before the weekend I would have said 14th place was not so good. But after the weekend, 14th place is not so bad. Before this weekend I have had seven consecutive races, so I was not so fit, because I had no breaks. The preparations were not so good, but I am very pleased to have been asked to ride for the team, and thanks to them."
<pre> CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING: 1. Charpentier Winston Ten Kate Honda 116 points 2. Curtain Yamaha 86 points 3. Parkes Yamaha 74 points 4. Harms Honda 74 points 5. Roccoli Yamaha 71 points 9. Sofuoglu Winston Ten Kate Honda 35 points 31. Vos Winston Ten Kate Honda 2 points