Kawasaki WSS Duo’s Hard Work In Testing Pays Off
January 28, 2016
Four-time WSS champion Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) and his new team-mate Randy Krummenacher took the next step forward in the development of their 2016 Ninja ZX-6R Supersport World Championship machines during a two day test at Jerez in Spain, held between 26 and 27 January.
After the team got back on track after the long off-season break both riders once again posted strong times at the Jerez circuit, the scene of their previous track test in late November of 2015.
Sofuoglu set a 1’43.091 best today, almost matching his previous testing high at this Spanish circuit. First season WSS rider Krummenacher continued his fast transition to a whole new category of racing as he recorded a best of 1’43.582. He was, more importantly, regularly into the 1’43 second bracket.
With an all-new set of rules for the WSS class in 2016, including limits on electronic rider aids, much work was done in this area during the tests. Improvements were made near the end to allow both riders to set what were the two best WSS lap times.
Kenan Sofuoglu stated: “It was quite a difficult test for me because in the past two months I was incredibly busy because I won the championship last year and that left me a bit tired. The weather was also not very good in Turkey to train. In these two days we have tried a couple of things on the bike and we found out that the set-up we had in November was very good, so we went back to that specification. We did almost exactly the same lap time today as we did in November. If I had a couple more soft tyres I could probably have gone about half a second faster. In the end, the package is quite good and we now go to Australia for the final test and then the first round.”
Randy Krummenacher stated: “We tried many things with the suspension here and sometimes we lost the way a bit - but sometimes that is normal in testing. I think we have a lot of information from this test and we will be able to make another step in Australia. What was good is that I was more constant in the 1’43s whereas last time we tested here I did two 1’43s. Now it feels normal to ride with this kind of lap time. This is very positive. We just need to keep on working and I can’t wait to get to Australia because I really love the track there.”