Four Kawasakis In The Top Five At Monza In Qualifying
May 5, 2012
Kawasaki DeltaFin Lorenzini riders Kenan Sofuoglu and Sheridan Morais will line up second and third on the grid for Monza’s WSS race, with Fabien Foret (Kawasaki Intermoto Step Racing) in fourth.
Such was the potency of the Ninja ZX-6R in the only qualifying session that was dry - and therefore counted towards final grid places - that local wild card rider Stefano Cruciani (Puccetti Racing Kawasaki Italia) was fifth. Romain Lanusse, Foret’s team-mate, was 17th in qualifying and starts from row five of the grid.
For the second race weekend in succession weather played its part in qualifying, with only the first official session giving consistent track conditions and therefore everyone in the class qualified as a result of their dry Friday lap times.
Sofuoglu is out to ensure he stays in the lead of the championship on Sunday and hopes for a dry track like most of his peers. Morais was particularly pleased to have made great strides through qualifying and practice and he too would prefer to find a dry track on Sunday for a 16-lap race around the fastest circuit on the calendar.
Kenan Sofuoglu: “We were nearly on pole but we are getting better. Free practice yesterday was really difficult and I needed to change a lot to the gearing and the set-up on the bike but the good thing is that we are all adapting to working together and quickly we made changes and improved. It brought us close to pole but I never have the goal to score pole position, I have the goal to always be on the front row and make preparations for the race. In dry conditions I am very confident. The bike has a good potential under braking and if tomorrow it is a dry race then I am sure we are going to fight. If it is going to be a wet race then we still have to work on a few things in the warm-up. Wet or dry we have to fight for good results.”
Sheridan Morais: “I am sure every rider here, even if they were on the front row already, wanted to go faster today but the tricky conditions did not allow that. I am happy to be on the front row and we have made really good progress. Yesterday we were a bit off the pace but we found the things we were looking for and went a lot quicker in first qualifying. We did a real good time in race simulations this morning, over 18 laps, so we were happy with that. This afternoon we were hoping for rain so we could just get a good 18 laps, so we were happy with that. This afternoon we were hoping for rain so we could just get a good set-up in those conditions too. Let’s see what the conditions are tomorrow but I hope they are dry.”