Front Row For Sofuoglu As Morais Qualifies Sixth
May 12, 2012
Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki DeltaFin Lorenzini) took his Ninja ZX-6R to fourth place on the grid at Donington and in doing so earned himself a front row start for the fifth round of the season.
Sheridan Morais (Kawasaki DeltaFin Lorenzini) worked well at Donington to go sixth on the grid and take a second row start, while Fabien Foret (Kawasaki Intermoto Step Racing) qualified tenth. Fabien had a fall and suffered a light head knock, but still improved his time in the second qualifying session. His team-mate Romain Lanusse was 23rd in qualifying.
Track time at this round has been enjoyed in dry and often sunny conditions which have allowed the riders and teams to find a consistent set-up and all the main Kawasaki WSS riders were able to improve their best lap times today.
After two recent rounds blighted by rain, all in the overall SBK paddock will hope that the dry conditions encountered so far carry through to what is expected to be a dry raceday.
On Sunday Sofuoglu will be going for his second race win of 2012, while Morais is looking for a first podium.
Kenan Sofuoglu: “I think it is always my goal to be front row in qualification and the results were not bad; getting faster. I think I was consistent in my pace, not just over one fast lap, because I am consistent in my lap times. We know what to do with our tyre choices and I am happy with that side of things. I am ready for the race and I am sure the race story will be different from the qualification story. The bike is strong and I am strong so we will see what is going to happen tomorrow.”
Sheridan Morais: “A top six is OK. I did not think I would be happy with a second row start but there was a lot of traffic out there. I banged in some consistent lap times out there. We are not normally set for single fast laps, so there was no way I was going to knock a second off of my best lap times, but I was only half a second from pole and I can do that pace consistently. I would not have wanted to be any worse than second row, but the times are really close. I am looking forward to tomorrow and I hope it is a good race this time.”