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WSSNetherlandsApril 29, 2007
World Supersport Championships 2007
Round 05 ASSEN – Netherlands

Sofuoglu Once More The Young Dutch Master

Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) continued his remarkable 2007 season with another impressive win in the Supersport class, despite having to fight hard at some stages of the race. Once more he proved to have the advantage over full distance, leading 17 of the 21 laps. His latest race win, the fourth in five attempts this year, now puts him on a points total of 120, 53 points ahead of his nearest competitor Fabien Foret, who was third today.



Kenan Sofuoglu


Andrew Pitt


Just to make his weekend perfect, after taking pole on Saturday, Kenan also left Assen with the new lap record, 1’42.096, to go with his new Supersport track best of 1’41.144 seconds in qualifying. Honda has a 43-point lead in the Manufacturers’ Championship now, after only five of 13 rounds.

Andrew Pitt (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) was once more the perfect riding partner to help Sofuoglu’s championship push, finishing second in the race after qualifying seventh on Saturday. He is now fourth overall, having scored two second places in two races.

Reigning champion Sebastien Charpentier (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) was back in race action and played a major part in the early race and qualifying, until he had to slip back due to fatigue, ending his day sixth.

Katsuaki Fujiwara (Althea Honda Team CBR600RR) was rammed out of contention for points once more, but is still third in the series. His team-mate Lorenzo Alfonsi (Althea Honda Team CBR600RR) earned an 11th place in the race, after a lowly qualifying result saw him start from row five.

Sofuoglu’s season continues to dazzle and the runaway leader gave was particularly pleased to have won again in his Ten Kate team’s home country.

“To get pole position yesterday was good, but most of the fast riders are back so I knew it would be a lot harder this weekend,” said Sofuoglu. “I was expecting this race to be a difficult. I told myself in the beginning not to go hard straight away. I gave myself a chance to see who was coming up behind me and then I knew when to push a bit more. When I knew the riders were closing in behind me I thought ‘OK, now I will go’, and pushed hard to open up the gap. I did my fastest lap time on lap 15 so I’m really pleased with that. This is just such a good result – I got my first race win here at Assen and with it being the home track for the Ten Kate team, it is even more special – it just couldn’t have been any better for me today.”

Pitt was once more delighted to be part of a team that allowed him to push from first to last, and he heaped praise on his team-mate Sofuoglu.



Sebastien Charpentier


Lorenzo Alfonsi


“I’m really pleased - what a great result for the team and a great day overall,” said Pitt. “It was a tough race; I had a really good rhythm at the start so I just tried to keep up at the front. Kenan’s riding really well at the moment and I had a great time racing with him. I made him work for it a bit today; it wasn’t so easy for him as in Valencia! I’m happy to be on the podium again and happy to be able to help the team out again.”

Charpentier was in superb form for most of the race but his physical condition determined how his raceday would finally turn out, after qualifying second fastest on Saturday. He is now 14th in the championship.

“Again after injury I have no power in my body,” said Sebastien. “I had to ride my bike in the race holding on with my fingers and it was impossible for me to stay in the leading group. My body just said no after a while. I think I got the maximum we could today but I feel for everyone in the team who works so hard to give me a good bike.”

Fujiwara retains third in the championship, on an unchanged 43 points, despite his enforced crash on the opening lap, the second one in as many race weekends. He had qualified eighth, and was confident in his race set-up.

“I was on the outside, on the right line and when I closed the gas to turn another rider just rammed me from the back,” said Fujiwara afterwards. “It was Impossible! It was a really big crash but all I have is a large abrasion on my right leg. I was stuck between the two bikes as we ran off track, so I was unlucky to crash - but I was incredibly lucky not have worse injury. I am still third, so that is very important.”

Alfonsi’s Sunday was an improvement on his qualifying position of 18th.

“I had a normal start, we did a very good job on the bike with the mechanics and we chose very good tyres,” said Alfonsi. “I had a good performance all race and I was 11th at the end. Not so bad and we are developing step-by-step.”


World Supersport Championships 2007
Round 05 ASSEN – Netherlands


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1 SOFUOGLU / Hannspree Ten Kate Honda
2 PITT / Hannspree Ten Kate Honda
3 FORET / Team Gil Motor Sport
4 VENEMAN / Pioneer Hoegee Suzuki Racing
5 SALOM / Yamaha Spain
6 CHARPENTIER / Hannspree Ten Kate Honda
7 CHECA / Yamaha - GMT 94
8 KALLIO / Pioneer Hoegee Suzuki Racing
9 GIUGLIANO / Lightspeed Kawasaki Supp.
10 MARTIN / Yamaha World SSP Racing
11 ALFONSI / Althea Honda Team
12 RIBA / Team Gil Motor Sport
13 SANNA / Racing Team Parkalgar
14 ROCCOLI / Yamaha Lorenzini by Leoni
15 VOS / Hanns-G J&E Sport TKR



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