Fourth Win For Sofuoglu Pushes His Lead To 38 Points
September 11, 2012
Kenan Sofuoglu turned a fourth place grid position into his fourth race win of the year on his Kawasaki Lorenzini Ninja ZX-6R and he was joined on the podium by Kawasaki Intermoto Step's Fabien Foret
Sofuoglu led every lap of the full 19 under sunny German skies and held off the consistent push of Jules Cluzel by 0.5 seconds at the flag. Cluzel is the only rider who has a mathematical chance of beating Kenan to he championship title now, as Fabien Foret (Kawasaki Intermoto Step) is 54 points behind after the German round, with only 50 points available for any rider who wins both remaining races, at Portimao and Magny-Cours. He extended his record breaking career total of win in this class to 21 today.
Sofuoglu admitted that his usual tactic of going for the win every Sunday may be modified at the next round, but his front-running push has been so successful so often this year he will at least start out the Portimao weekend looking for win number five.
Sheridan Morais (Kawasaki Lorenzini) had an unlucky raceday, his bike stopping out on track after five laps had been completed, when the failure of a sensor in the electronics system prevented further progress. Sheridan is still in sixth place, on 84 points.
Foret’s third place in Germany was his fifth podium of the year, including his two race wins, and he moved up to third in the rankings after Sam Lowes fell and remounted, only to finish 13th. Foret is three points ahead of the English rider now.
Foret’s team-mate Romain Lanusse posted a good 11th place on his Kawasaki Intermoto Step Ninja ZX-6R, one place ahead of Florian Marino (MSD R-N Team India Kawasaki). Dan Linfoot (MSD R-N Team India Kawasaki) was forced out by a crash on lap five.
Kenan Sofuoglu: “I raced here for the first time in 2002, in a one make championship, and although I have come here many times since I could never win the race. Finally I have won this race and I'm happy about it. My career really started in Germany so it is nice to win the race here. Before coming here my goal was to win this race because I knew if I won I just had to finish the race in Portimao to become World Champion again. I have reached my goal here and now in Portimao of course I will ride for points, but if I can see the chance I will try to win the race in Portugal.”
Sheridan Morais: “We had an electrical problem in the race, just a sensor that stopped working and halted the bike. It all happened pretty early so not much to say. I feel pretty bad for the team and for myself but I am not going to go drowning my sorrows. The team worked really hard, until 4am this morning, getting the bike ready for the race after yesterday’s big crash. Nothing was put together wrong, it was just a sensor, so I feel for the guys. We will be positive for the next one and try to be up there.”
Fabien Foret: “I have to say that a third place was a little unexpected but a good reward for the team and all of us. I think we can still take a some more podiums and the way I am feeling I could go on racing for another ten years!”