New Champion Sofuoglu Out To Win Another Race
October 3, 2012
Kenan Sofuoglu took his Kawasaki Lorenzini Ninja ZX-6R to the World Supersport Championship
victory at the previous round but he is still keen to win the final race to cap off his remarkable
Despite some bad luck along the way and the pain of a seriously injured knee Sofuoglu has been almost peerless in 2012 so far - the only rider to win four races, champion one weekend early and now with three world championships to his name – a unique achievement in WSS terms.
Kenan cites Magny-Cours as one of his most favoured circuits and also knows that his machine should be fast there, as it has been on the pace on raceday virtually all year, once Kenan and his team have found strong settings for raceday.
Sheridan Morais (Kawasaki Lorenzini) has already achieved one rookie season ambition – a podium finish on his Ninja ZX-6R – at the Aragon round. He is now out to improve on this third place to satisfy his racer’s natural thirst for victory and to consolidate the top six ranking he holds in the points’ table at present.
Fabien Foret (Intermoto Step Racing) has scored two wins and is all set to go back to his native France looking for more top three successes. He has been on the podium in the past two races and these results have contributed to his current top three overall placing in the table.
Romain Lanusse, Foret’s young team-mate and countryman, is 17th in the standings as he enters his home round. MSD R-N Racing Team India Kawasaki riders Dan Linfoot and Florian Marino currently share a points total of nine, with Linfoot ranked 27th and Marino one behind.
Kenan Sofuoglu: “I had a great reception back home in Turkey after winning the championship last time out. Even the president of Turkey called me to pass on his congratulations. We made a tour in a bus through Istanbul, like football teams do. That was all very nice. We have taken the title now so I will go to Magny Cours just to take the best possible result. I know the Kawasaki should do well there because Joan Lascorz was always very fast there in the past. My goal now is to win the race; there is no other goal this time. I just hope the weather is good and then we can fight to have a win. Portimao was hard to start with, very bumpy, but on Sunday I knew the bike was good. The team and I are working well and we know how we should set-up the bike. When you find a good set-up on the Kawasaki it has great potential.”
Sheridan Morais: “Heading into Magny-Cours we are making up for lost ground at Portimao where we lost time in practice. We have been over last year’s data from the Magny-Cours race and we have worked out a great base to start the weekend off with. As always I want to have a finishing spot on the very top of the podium but a podium finish of some kind is the aim. I have complete faith that we can do it.