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Morais Second And Sofuoglu Third In Qualifying

July 3, 2012

Kawasaki Lorenzini Supersport riders Sheridan Morais and Kenan Sofuoglu both set times to take them onto the front row after combined qualifying in Spain, with Sheridan second and Kenan third.

Both riders had some issues on day one but a great team effort overcame them in some style, with Morais very close to pole itself today and championship leader Sofuoglu just behind in third place. The top five riders were covered by only 0.271 seconds in qualifying.

Morais concentrated on finding a good race set-up for tomorrow’s 18 lap contest, while Sofuoglu is
working to be ready to compete at a high level despite pain from his old knee injury. His knee popped out of position as he exited a corner and had to be manipulated back into place shortly afterwards. He will receive more treatment and Kenan intends to race on Sunday to defend what is a useful championship lead of 22-points.

Conditions at Aragon cooled today after a blistering first day of action, but the track and air temperatures were still well into the higher end of the scale making every lap hard work for the riders.

Fabien Foret (Kawasaki Intermoto Step Racing) joined Sheridan and Kenan on the front row, going fourth on the grid. His team-mate Romain Lanusse was a more than respectable ninth in qualifying, just over a second from the fastest riders.

Kenan Sofuoglu: “The problem is my left knee because in the final lap, in the exit in the last corner, I think I dislocated it and it really hurt a lot. The Clinica Mobile staff are having a look so we will decide on things tomorrow. It is probably the meniscus causing trouble now and maybe a muscle spasm around the joint as well. The motorcycle is good and after a hard day yesterday the solution for the set-up and the bike itself is all OK. It is fundamental for me to race because I want to defend my championship lead and go on to try and win the title.”

Sheridan Morais: “We have been working on set-up very hard because yesterday we had a glitch with the engine in qualifying. We only had one more engine so we have only been working on set-up for the race. I have not worried about a lap time until near the end of qualifying. We have three possible tyre choices and all of them could work, depending on the temperatures on raceday. I want to be sure which one would work best. When the guys put a soft tyre on and set it up for one quick lap, the lap time came pretty easy. I am really happy because we are not just P2, we were nearly P1. I am really happy with a front row start. We have been working very hard for this so I am looking forward to a good race tomorrow. The tire choice we want to go with would suit the cooler conditions, so if it is hotter than today we have a tough choice to make.”

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