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WSSSan MarinoJune 17, 2007
World Supersport Championships 2007
Round 08 MISANO ADRIATICO – San Marino

Sofuoglu Extends Championship Lead With Misano Podium

Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) rode one of the hardest races of the year in temperatures over 30°c during the two-part WSS race at Misano. He recorded a hard fought third place finish and extend his overall championship lead to 61 points.



Kenan Sofuoglu


Kenan Sofuoglu


Sofuoglu’s closest championship rival Fabien Foret crashed out after a collision on lap four of the first leg, and Sofuoglu’s 16 points for third put him on a total of 161 points to Foret’s unchanged 100.

The race was stopped after four laps when a blown engine on a local competitor’s machine dropped oil onto the track. The 18-lap restart saw Sofuoglu fight to the end with Broc Parkes in a dispute over the aggregate second place finish behind winner Anthony West. Sofuoglu had been fourth in qualifying, the top Honda rider pre-race.

Katsuaki Fujiwara (Althea Honda Team CBR600RR) finished his day on the ‘reverse direction’ Misano in eighth place, having been as high as third at one point. He had qualified seventh, and given all that went on around him in the Misano race, he scored well to keep his overall third in the championship fight.

Reigning Supersport World Champion Sebastien Charpentier (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) had another tough weekend in WSS, scoring ninth in qualifying, tenth in the race then jumping up to 15th in the championship.

Lorenzo Alfonsi (Althea Honda Team CBR600RR) experienced problems with clutch slip towards the end of the race and finished 16th, one place out of the points.

Sofuoglu was only mildly disappointed with third, but knows that the championship is the long-term aim.



Robbin Harms


Katsuaki Fujiwara


“The conditions were very tough today and to choose a good set-up and tyre combination was very hard,” said the Turkish rider. “After the red flag stopped the first part I was pushing at my limit in the restart, but the problem was still the few seconds I was down from the first leg. That time was impossible to make up. I am still leaving here with a good championship lead, so that is the most important thing.”

Fujiwara struggled after being passed at the midpoint of the restarted race, and slid backwards slowly, to take his eighth place finish.

“Things were going OK in the beginning,” said Fujiwara. “After a few laps there was a lot of chattering but on the left-hand corners only. Strange and very frustrating, but I kept going to score as many points as I could. I am still third in the standings, which is good considering that we had a complicated race here at Misano.”

A crisis of confidence for Charpentier in the first part of the two-part race held back his overall performance and problems later in the second part sealed his ultimate finishing position of tenth.

“Today has been very difficult,” said Charpentier. “The first half of the race was really bad. I am not completely confident and I lost a lot of time. After the red flag, the second start was OK. We kept the tyres the same and after six or seven laps the grip started to go. It was hard for me to follow the group. Because the grip in the rear was less, I pushed harder in the front and that caused the grip in the front to go as well. I finished the race with no grip at all so there was no possibility of me finishing in a good position. We are testing in Brno soon and I hope it goes well for me because for the moment it is not easy for me, weekend after weekend.”

Alfonsi felt deprived of a points scoring finish, even if he admitted to having a bad start.

“I did not have a great start,” said Alfonsi, “but near the end of the race, about lap 15, I was getting a lot of spinning from the clutch, especially on the high speed sections. The revs were going up, but not matched by the speed. It was hard here this weekend, especially on a 2006-specification bike.”


World Supersport Championships 2007
Round 08 MISANO ADRIATICO – San Marino


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1 A. WEST (Yamaha World SSP Racing)
2 B. PARKES (Yamaha World SSP Racing)
3 K. SOFUOGLU (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda)
4 M.ROCCOLI (Yamaha Lorenzini by Leoni)
5 R.HARMS (Stiggy Motorsport Honda)
6 S. SANNA (Racing Team Parkalgar)
7 J. FORES (HP Racing)
8 K. FUJIWARA (Althea Honda Team)
9 G.VIZZIELLO (RG Team)
10 S. CHARPENTIER (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda)
11 Y. TIBERIO (Stiggy Motorsport Honda)
12 M.LAGRIVE (Intermoto Czech)
13 B. VENEMAN (Pioneer Hoegee Suzuki Racing)
14 S. GIMBERT (Yamaha - GMT 94)
15 G.BOCCOLINI (Team PMS Kawasaki Supported)



Kenan Sofuoglu


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