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World Supersport Championships 2007
Round 02 Phillip Island Circuit – Australia

Sofuoglu Extends Championship Lead In Australia

Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) finished second after 21-laps of the 4.445km Phillip Island circuit and in doing so extended his championship lead to seven points, from the race winner, Fabien Foret. Sofuoglu also gave Honda the same seven-point advantage in the manufacturers’ standings, after two rounds of 13. He had qualified fourth, one place behind his team-mate Sebastien Charpentier (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda team), after pole was taken by 2002 champion Foret.



Kenan Sofuoglu


Kenan Sofuoglu & Sebastien Charpentier


Charpentier, 2005 and 2006 champion, was fourth, and is now ninth in the championship fight. He had the consolation of another lap record on the CBR600RR, taking a 1’34.976, on the second lap.

Katsuaki Fujiwara (Althea Honda Team CBR600RR) followed on from a podium in round one at Losail with fifth place in Australia, after another impressive display, while Lorenzo Alfonsi (Althea Honda Team CBR600RR) went ninth on a 2006-spec machine. Both Althea Honda riders made great strides after qualifying, with Fujiwara eighth on the grid and Alfonsi only 16th. ‘Kats’ is now an impressive third overall in the championship, with Alfonsi tenth.

Sofuoglu was impressive throughout the race, running in the leading bunch even though he did not lead a single lap over the start-finish line. His qualifying experience was not untroubled, but he recovered well in a real race situation.

“That was a very hard race and I can say that last weekend was easier in Qatar,” said Sofuoglu. “We tested here in January and we had a very good set-up, very fast, but when we came here for the race everything was different so we had to find everything again. The tyres were different; grip was different. I had to make a new set-up, so to be on the podium today I am very happy. I think my mistake was that I waited too long behind Kevin Curtain and Sebastien, and after I passed Broc Parkes, I needed some more laps to catch Foret.”

Charpentier was disappointed to finish off the podium in a race he felt he could win.



Sebastien Charpentier


Katsuaki Fujiwara


“I scored some points for the team today but this afternoon has not been easy for me,” said Charpentier. “I was determined to finish on the podium and I started off really well, getting up to the front by lap three. Unfortunately I had a big problem with the rear tyre of the bike and I lost a lot time. We’ve worked really hard on the development of the new bike with Honda and the team so there is no reason why I shouldn’t be back at the top for Donington. I’m ready for the next race – this is a long Championship and it is still early days.”

Fujiwara was running at a strong pace in the middle section of the race and even make ground to finish fifth, despite the hot track temperatures having an eventual effect on rear traction.

"The beginning was a little bit difficult,” said Fujiwara. “I was passed by everybody then after ten laps my rear tyre seemed finished so I had to keep my tyre in the best condition. But I can be happy with that finish and more points.”

Alfonsi finished top Italian rider, in ninth place, and achieved his personal goal of a top ten finish, in a race meeting with 38 Supersport entrants.

“This was the top ten finish I was looking for,” said Alfonsi, "so to achieve your aim in a race is always good. My team and I worked through many solutions for the tyre and this was a good solution, so thanks to all of them and Honda.”

The Supersport championship, along with World Superbike, returns to Europe for round three, with the next race scheduled for Donington Park on April 1.

World Supersport Championships 2007
Round 02 Phillip Island Circuit – Australiar


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1 F. FORET / Team Gil Motor Sport
2 K. SOFUOGLU / Hannspree Ten Kate Honda
3 B. PARKES / Yamaha World SSP Racing
4 S. CHARPENTIER / Hannspree Ten Kate Honda
5 K. FUJIWARA / Althea Honda Team
6 P. RIBA / Team Gil Motor Sport
7 R.HARMS / Stiggy Motorsport Honda
8 B. VENEMAN / Pioneer Hoegee Suzuki
9 L. ALFONSI / Althea Honda Team
10 Y. TIBERIO / Stiggy Motorsport Honda
11 K. CURTAIN / Yamaha World SSP Racing
12 G.LEBLANC / Vazy Racing Team
13 S. GIMBERT / Yamaha - GMT 94
14 C. JONES / Revè Ekerold Honda Racing
15 D.SALOM / Yamaha Spain



Kenan Sofuoglu


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