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WSSNetherlandsSeptember 3, 2006
World Supersport Championships 2006
Round 09 ASSEN – Netherlands

Sofuoglu Takes His Debut Win in Atrocious Conditions

Heavy rains and a crash mid-way through the Supersport race at Assen made for a two-part aggregate race in Holland, with WSS rookie Kenan Sofuoglu (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) doing enough in leg one to allow his team-mate Sebastien Charpentier (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) to lead the field home in the second leg, and yet still let the young Turk take a popular first WSS race win by over four seconds.

Kenan Sofuoglu

Sebastien Charpentier

Charpentier finished fourth on aggregate, and with his main championship rival Kevin Curtain second, Sebastien lost his championship lead for the first time this season. He now sits second, on 144 points, with Curtain leading on 151. Sofuoglu’s superb performance on his Winston Ten Kate squad’s home circuit puts him fifth overall, with 92 points.

Yoann Tiberio (Team Megabike Honda CBR600RR) fell from the leading group in the first leg, after ten laps had been completed, but will be fit for the next round at Lausitz next weekend. He qualified fourth before the race, and now sits seventh in the rankings, with 67 points.

Katsuaki Fujiwara (Team Megabike Honda CBR600RR) did not gain his normal confidence in the rain during his comeback ride, partly because all previous sessions had been dry, and was 17th in the race, going 22nd in the points.

Sofuoglu looked an assured and composed winner at Assen, after a disappointing ninth in dry qualifying.

Robbin Harms

Katsuaki Fujiwara

“I am particularly happy because it didn’t start right for me, Friday and Saturday were not particularly nice,” said Sofuoglu in the post race press conference. “I started from ninth position but when it started to rain I knew I had a different chance. I am now really happy to win especially at Assen because it is Ten Kate’s home race and I live just 30km from here. So it is particularly nice. Now we got to Lausitz and I know it and like it. Hopefully I can win another race in the three that remain.”

Charpentier was disappointed with fourth but got caught out in the wet weather conditions of race one, after qualifying impressively on pole in dry conditions.

“Happy? Yes and no but I am not satisfied, because I finished fourth,” said Charpentier. “That does not make me happy but it was a crazy race, not easy, and I tried my best to make a small gap in the second leg. The championship is open, and for me seven points is what I have to make up. There is no choice for me now, and maybe now I need the help of the other Honda riders to take points from my rival. I am very happy for Kenan.”

Tiberio was running in the leading group when he fell in the first leg, but in the prevailing weather conditions at Assen, there were 17 non-finishers in total.

"It was not easy after qualifying had been dry,” said Tiberio. “I was happy in the position I was in and I just made a mistake. I have to look to Germany now to get back some round in the championship points.”

Fujiwara found his recent injury to his hand much improved, and qualified ninth, but his set-up in wet conditions did not inspire confidence.

"As soon as the race started I just did not feel happy with the feel of the bike,” said Fujiwara. “I really felt I could go no faster or I would have crashed, so I had to concentrate on getting to the finish. My hand was not real problem, so that was positive.”

World Supersport Championships 2006
Round 09 ASSEN – Netherlands

1 K. SOFUOGLU / Winston Ten Kate Honda
2 K. CURTAIN / Yamaha Motor Germany
3 K. ANDERSEN / Hoegee Suzuki
4 S. CHARPENTIER / Winston Ten Kate Honda
5 A. VOS / J&E Sport Ten Kate Honda
6 B. VENEMAN / Hoegee Suzuki
7 G.VIZZIELLO / Yamaha Team Italia
8 M.ROCCOLI / Yamaha Team Italia
9 R.HARMS / Stiggy Motorsports
10 S. EASTON / Team Manila Grace SC
11 M.BERGER / Gil Motor Sport
12 S. LE GRELLE / Legrelle - Honda Belgium
13 A. VELINI / Umbria Bike
14 V. KALLIO / SLM Racing
15 G.NANNELLI / Team Manila Grace SC

Kenan Sofuoglu

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