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WSSApril 1, 2007
World Supersport Championships 2007
Round 03 DONINGTON - Europe

Sofuoglu Soars To Take The Win At Donington

Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) won his second race of the season after a dramatic weekend of Supersport action at Donington which saw Sofuoglu leave round three with a 27-point lead. During a strong day for Honda finishers, Robbin Harms was second, Katsuaki Fujiwara (Althea Honda Team CBR600RR) a battling third and Craig Jones fourth. Honda now leads the Manufacturers’ Championship by 22-points.



Kenan Sofuoglu


Robbin Harms


Sofuoglu’s team-mate Sebastien Charpentier (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) crashed in the first practice session of the entire weekend, and suffered injures to his collarbone and pelvis, and stretched ligaments in his pelvic and groin area - aggravating old injuries from a big mid-season crash in 2006. He was ruled out of the rest of the Donington weekend after medical examination, and is now in a fight to be fit before the next round at Valencia, on April 15.

Lorenzo Alfonsi (Althea Honda Team CBR600RR) was running strongly near the front in leg one but after being taken out at Coppice in leg two, he failed to score points.

Sofuoglu rode with assurance in the end, despite all the dramas and his race one clutch issue, and was strong enough to win by 0.767 seconds overall, after qualifying third. He now sits on 70 points, with Fujiwara second on 43, with Harms third on 39.

“I am really happy because I have been very lucky this weekend,” admitted Sofuoglu, who was nonetheless the fastest rider on show in any case. “I was experiencing a clutch problem in the first part of the race and I was thinking to myself ‘I cannot finish this race!’ I thought I would be joining the other championship title contenders with a zero point finish. Then I saw the red flag and I thought this is my chance. I was able to change the bike and pick up where I had left off. I started pretty well but then my forearms were really in pain and the last few laps were difficult. I had a small advantage from the first race so I managed to hold on and I got the win.”



Robbin Harms


Katsuaki Fujiwara


Fujiwara was in position to win at one stage after a disappointing eighth place in qualifying, and finished only 1.3 seconds from the win. He scored a new lap record, 1’33.848, on lap 17.

"I am happy because we were close to Sofuoglu at the end,” said Fujiwara. “I changed both the front and rear suspension before the race because everybody was crashing in practice down the hill. The bike was too soft before and it was hard to open the gas. That made things better in the race and I am second in the championship now.”

Alfonsi was bitterly disappointed to not score, but was enthused by his strong showings in qualifying (6th) and his strong pace in leg one.

“I was in a good position at the re-start,” said Alfonsi, "and I knew that I could make a top eight position for sure. Then at Coppice corner I got hit by someone from behind and it knocked me off. I’m very disappointed with the result but pleased with our pace.”

Charpentier, speaking from France, is now in a fight to be fit for the Valencia race.

“I am bitterly disappointed because after the bad start to the season, I was aiming for this race to be the turning point,” said the 2005 and 2006 champion. “The crash I had was probably the slowest in my racing career so I can’t believe the shape I am in now. I am going to my doctor in Paris today for further treatment - he also treated me after my accident last year. I am aiming to be back as soon as possible.”

After the Donington round the championship moves to Valencia on April 15 and then Assen on April 29.


World Supersport Championships 2007
Round 03 DONINGTON - Europe


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1 K. SOFUOGLU / Hannspree Ten Kate Honda
2 R.HARMS / Stiggy Motorsport Honda
3 K. FUJIWARA / Althea Honda Team
4 C. JONES / Revè Ekerold Honda Racing
5 S. SANNA / Racing Team Parkalgar
6 D. GIUGLIANO / Lightspeed Kawasaki Supp.
7 Y. TIBERIO / Stiggy Motorsport Honda
8 M.ROCCOLI / Yamaha Team Italia
9 D. CHECA / Yamaha - GMT 94
10 G.NANNELLI / Team Caracchi Ducati SC
11 S. GIMBERT / Yamaha - GMT 94
12 G.VIZZIELLO / RG Team
13 D.SALOM / Yamaha Spain
14 B. VENEMAN / Pioneer Hoegee Suzuki Racing
15 P. RIBA / Team Gil Motor Sport



Kenan Sofuoglu


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