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WSSU.K.August 5, 2007
World Supersport Championships 2007
Round 10 Brands Hatch - Great Britain

Sofuoglu The Champion With Three Races To Spare


Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) finished second in the Brands Hatch Supersport race and in doing so he scored his first and Honda’s sixth Riders’ Championship. All six have come from the Ten Kate Honda team, the first with Fabien Foret in 2002, then Chris Vermeulen (2003), Karl Muggeridge (2004) and Sebastien Charpentier (2005 and 2006). The Prime Minister of Turkey called Sofuoglu to congratulate him personally at his success, shortly after the culmination of the race.



Kenan Sofuoglu


Kenan Sofuoglu


Second in qualifying, Sofuoglu chose to leave eventual winner Broc Parkes to finally capitalize on his lead after the messy early laps were completed, and concentrate his own efforts on scoring enough points to take him unassailably clear of Fabien Foret in the championship fight.

Sofuoglu now has an advantage of 80 points, with only a maximum of 75 left to be gained by any single rider. He is on a total of 206, with Foret on 126. In the Manufacturers’ Championship Honda leads by 56 points with races still to be completed at Eurospeedway Lausitz, Vallelunga and Magny-Cours.

Despite having to start at the every back of the grid after a late machine change, Sebastien Charpentier (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) worked his way back to 15th, but was excluded for not entering Parc Ferme on his return to pitlane at the end of the 23 lap race. Charpentier had scored his 21st pole position success in qualifying, and was originally set to start from the first place on the grid. He is now 13th overall, with 37 points.

Katsuaki Fujiwara (Althea Honda Team CBR600RR) was third in qualifying and was looking for a podium in a warring four-rider group until his machine stopped on lap 17. He is, however, still third overall in the championship standings, with a total of 87 points.

Lorenzo Alfonsi (Althea Honda Team CBR600RR) came good in a race for which he qualified inside the top ten, and he made the most of his top ten finish by securing his season high of seventh place, moving to tenth position overall, on 45 points.

Sofuoglu was overcome with the magnitude of the day he sealed the title, especially as his ambition was achieved so early in his amazing championship year.



Robbin Harms


Lorenzo Alfonsi


“I cannot explain what I am feeling,” said the Turkish rider. “To win the championship in August is such an amazing feeling and I don’t think anyone has ever done this before. I have to thank the team because without them this would not have been possible. The race was actually pretty difficult, particularly in the last laps, and there was so much going on in my head that it was hard to concentrate. I just tried to focus and once I got to the final lap I knew I had done it. This is incredible, I am so happy!”

Fujiwara was disappointed not to finish strongly after a good qualifying and race performance but was glad to keep hold of overall third in the championship.

“I don’t know what the problem was but the bike just stopped,” said ‘Kats’. “I was holding back at the end of the group but even in practice and warm up I was not sure if the new engine we fitted was quite as fast as the one we had used before. No points today but we still hold onto third, which I can’t believe. But I’m very happy about it.”

Charpentier, the outgoing champion, was full of praise for his team-mate and but disappointed that his pole in practice only ended in such a negative fashion.

“I am very happy for Kenan,” started the 2005 and 2006 champion. “He has worked hard all season and has had some good luck as well. I would obviously have liked a better performance for myself but it was not to be. We have had some positive practice and testing at Brands Hatch, but it would have been nice to complete that with a podium finish in the race.”

Alfonsi had said pre-race that if he had a good start he would be able to make a good finish, and raceday proved he was right.

“I started in the top ten and that was why I had a top ten finish,” said Alfonsi. “I was happy with my tyre choice but near the end the front started to slide and I almost lost it at Clearways twice. So I had to be careful not push too hard to pass Foret. But I am happy with that finish.”

World Supersport Championships 2007
Round 10 Brands Hatch - Great Britain


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1 B. PARKES (Yamaha World SSP Racing)
2 K. SOFUOGLU (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda)
3 M.ROCCOLI (Yamaha Lorenzini by Leoni)
4 R.HARMS (Stiggy Motorsport Honda)
5 T. HILL (Yamaha World SSP Racing)
6 F. FORET (Team Gil Motor Sport)
7 L. ALFONSI (Althea Honda Team)
8 B. VENEMAN (Pioneer Hoegee Suzuki Racing)
9 P. RIBA (Team Gil Motor Sport)
10 M.LAGRIVE (Intermoto Czech)
11 G.VIZZIELLO (RG Team)
12 J. LASCORZ (Glaner Motocard.com)
13 S. GIMBERT (Yamaha - GMT 94)
14 G.LEBLANC (Vazy Racing Team)
15 M.SANCHINI (Intermoto Czech)



Kenan Sofuoglu


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