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WSSSpainApril 15, 2007
World Supersport Championships 2007
Round 04 Valencia – Spain

Sofuoglu Wins And Powers Ahead On Points

Another almost faultless display of front running delivered Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) his third race win of the year, pushing him into a substantial 44-point lead in the championship after only four of 13 rounds. His excellent performance on raceday was underpinned by an impressive pole win on Saturday, the first of his WSS career, thanks to a time set in the first dry qualifying session.



Kenan Sofuoglu


Craig Jones


In second place after 23-laps of often incident-packed action, Andrew Pitt (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) had a dream re-introduction to World Supersport racing, having been drafted in at short notice to replace the recently injured and still unfit Sebastien Charpentier (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR). He qualified fifth.

Poor weather issues which had plagued Valencia for most of the weekend did not quite spoil the racing on Sunday, with a drying track allowing Katsuaki Fujiwara (Althea Honda Team CBR600RR) to take a new lap record on lap six, with a 1’37.570.

The Japanese rider had qualified in an impressive second place, but got swamped off the line and was eventually knocked off his machine on lap nine when lying fifth. Pere Riba and Kevin Curtain collided in front of him leaving the unlucky Fuji with no escape route. He restarted and finished in 18th place and out of the points. He is nonetheless third in the championship, on an unchanged total of 43 points.

Lorenzo Alfonsi (Althea Honda Team CBR600RR) finished his day of work at Valencia 13th, in the same position he qualified. He got boxed in off the start and had to battle with slower riders to get his three points. He is now 18th overall, with 13 points.

Sofuoglu led for 20 of the 23 laps and was the most composed rider when it counted, but was modest in his post-race comments.



Lorenzo Alfonsi


Katsuaki Fujiwara


“The dry conditions definitely helped me to get to the podium,” he stated. “For me it is important to stay in a good position for the whole race. When the three riders went down, I knew that I had at least a three second lead didn’t have to push to hard. I tried to maintain the same gap without going too fast, as when there is no one to threaten you there is no need. I could see on my board that the gap was staying the same so I knew there was no-one closing in to make me push harder. I want to thank my team for working so hard. They always give me the best and I like to give my best back.”

Pitt was delighted to have stayed clear of the trouble on lap nine and had to fight hard to re-pass Gianluca Nannelli’s Ducati to secure second on the last lap.

“I’m really happy that I have been able to do the job for the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda team and help them out when they needed it,” said Pitt. “It was a bit of a lottery going into the race in the dry when we had done so many laps in the wet. We used a softer front tyre, which gave me a couple of problems towards the end but I tried hard to bring it home and get on the podium. The guys have been great all weekend and coming into a team that has won the World Supersport Championship for the last five years makes my job a lot easier.”

Fujiwara was disappointed at his misfortune, especially as he had potentially race winning pace, despite a slow start and being ninth on lap one.

“The bike today was really good and the work of the team was perfect,” stated Fujiwara. “ I knew I had a bike to win but the crash stopped me from having the chance. I have to start better in the future than I did today. I think I was tenth in the first corner. With a good start we can be right up there as our race pace is really good.”

A wheelie off the line dropped Alfonsi to 17th on lap one and from then on his race was a struggle to get clear.

“I had a not so good start as the front of the bike came up and I ended up losing some places,” said Alfonsi. “I was stuck in a slow group and at this circuit it is particularly hard to pass. I wanted to get away with the group in front but it was not possible. I took a lot of risks to pass people and at least I got two more points than I did at Donington.”


World Supersport Championships 2007
Round 04 Valencia – Spain


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1 K. SOFUOGLU / Hannspree Ten Kate Honda
2 A. PITT / Hannspree Ten Kate Honda
3 G.NANNELLI / Team Caracchi Ducati SC
4 F. FORET / Team Gil Motor Sport
5 B. PARKES / Yamaha World SSP Racing
6 D.SALOM / Yamaha Spain
7 M.ROCCOLI / Yamaha Lorenzini by Leoni
8 J. LASCORZ / Glaner Motocard.com
9 V. KALLIO / Pioneer Hoegee Suzuki Racing
10 C. JONES / Revè Ekerold Honda Racing
11 G.VIZZIELLO / RG Team
12 D. GIUGLIANO / Lightspeed Kawasaki Supp
13 L. ALFONSI / Althea Honda Team
14 D. CHECA / Yamaha - GMT 94
15 S. GIMBERT / Yamaha - GMT 94



Kenan Sofuoglu


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