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WSSGreat BritainMay 27, 2007
World Supersport Championships 2007
Round 07 Great Britain – Silverstone

Sofuoglu Crashes Out As Harms And Fujiwara Score Podiums

On Saturday at Silverstone Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) had lost a thrilling battle for pole position to his team-mate Sebastien Charpentier (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) but on Sunday even worse fortune awaited in the race when he ran off the fully-wet track at turn one, fell, and was subsequently forced to retire. Despite his no score in England, the Turkish rider still has an impressive championship lead of 45 points over Fabien Foret, who was fourth in today’s race.



Robbin Harms


Robbin Harms


Despite a high rate of attrition thanks to the terrible raceday weather, two Honda riders climbed the Silverstone podium in a race which was shortened from its original 28-lap distance to 22, after an early stoppage caused by a crashed machine lying on the wet racing line. Robbin Harms took second place on his Stiggy Motorsports Honda CBR600RR while Katsuaki Fujiwara (Althea Honda Team CBR600RR) battled hard to finish third, having been third on lap one, then finding himself down as low as ninth on lap eight. Fujiwara is still third overall, now on 69 points, some 76 from Sofuoglu.

Lorenzo Alfonsi (Althea Honda Team CBR600RR) was lapped but still finished the race eighth overall, equalling his season best result. Having been only 21st in qualifying he was justifiably happy to have finished the race in the top ten.

Charpentier could not complete the Silverstone race due to lack of confidence in such comprehensively wet conditions, and retired on lap eight. In the Manufacturers’ Championship, Harm’s second place contributed to the fact that Honda now leads by an extended margin of 55 points.

Sofuoglu was disappointed in his ultimate luck but knows his championship lead was not hurt too much by his first corner incident.

“I have worked very hard this weekend and I was fast on Friday, Saturday and in the warm-up today,” said Kenan. “I had a great feeling on the bike in the warm up lap so I felt really positive on the grid and was thinking that I had a good chance to get on the podium or even win. But then it all went wrong on the first corner, I just lost the rear of the bike. I think the problem was that I went too fast in the warm up lap and my tyres warmed up and then cooled down while I was on the grid. Anyway, it would have been better to stay on the bike - but some things are not meant to be. I am still leading so I am happy.”



Katsuaki Fujiwara


Lorenzo Alfonsi


Fujiwara’s aggression in wet conditions delivered him a superb and ultimately secure third, bringing his season back to life.

“It was so cold and wet on the track today,” said the Japanese rider. “The situation was good at the start but during the first laps my visor fogged up and the spray started to get sucked into the engine. When I sorted out the problem with my visor I was able to lap fast again and I took a lot of other riders. The bike was very good, I made a good choice of tyre and suspension set-up, and we had a strong result for the championship.”

Charpentier’s new pole record of 1’26.706, set on Saturday’s dry second session, was an astonishing two seconds better than his own previous circuit best, but the dry weather from practice failed to materialize on raceday, deciding all for the 2005 and 2006 champion.

“The positive point about today is the good results we had during qualifying,” said the 2005 and 2006 champion. “This is really important for me because I think we have reached a good place with the bike, which I hope will stay on for the rest of the season. I want to be able to finish the championship in a good position and also help out my team-mate. I just had very bad luck again in the race – after about eight laps I think everyone in the team preferred me to stop because I just had no feeling and no grip in the front and rear. The conditions were so bad on track. Anyway, I hope the next race is better.”

Alfonsi’s mature ride put him into the top ten in the championship, with 34 points, and came thanks to changes in set-up to suit his wet condition.

“I started today with a rain setup from Valencia but it was too rainy compared to then,” said Alfonsi. “During warm-up I changed the set-up and it was perfect. After half the race the bike was becoming too hard to flick from side to side fast so I just made sure I would get it home to take a good finish.”


World Supersport Championships 2007
Round 07 Great Britain – Silverstone


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1 A. WEST (Yamaha World SSP Racing)
2 R.HARMS (Stiggy Motorsport Honda)
3 K. FUJIWARA (Althea Honda Team)
4 F. FORET (Team Gil Motor Sport)
5 G.VIZZIELLO (RG Team)
6 M.LAGRIVE (Intermoto Czech)
7 J. FORES (HP Racing)
8 L. ALFONSI (Althea Honda Team)
9 J. ENJOLRAS (Tati Team Beaujolais Racing)
10 B. VENEMAN (Pioneer Hoegee Suzuki Racing)
11 M.PRAIA (Racing Team Parkalgar)
12 S. GIMBERT (Yamaha - GMT 94)
13 J. GÜNTHER (CRS Grand Prix)
14 G.LEBLANC (Vazy Racing Team)
15 J. LASCORZ (Glaner Motocard.com)



Robbin Harms


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