Sofuoglu And Morais Ready For Misano Race
June 9, 2012
Kenan Sofuoglu took his Kawasaki DeltaFin Lorenzini Ninja ZX-6R to third in qualifying at Misano, with his team-mate Sheridan Morais eventually making it to the second row for Sunday’s WSS race.
Sofuoglu rode assuredly throughout the qualifying sessions, concentrating on setup not absolute
pace and was set to improve best lap time in the final session but just ran out of time when running on the softest rear tyre.
The Turkish star has qualified on the front row for every one of the races in the 2012 season and
on Sunday he will be out to score his second race win to extend his current championship lead of five points.
The early practice sessions were not kind to Morais as he tried to get on terms with the Misano
circuit once more as some niggling technical issues held him back for a time. It took until this afternoon before he could show more pace and qualify eighth from 33 riders and go to the end of the second row for Sunday’s race.
Fabien Foret (Kawasaki Intermoto Step Racing) qualified sixth at Misano, only 0.581 seconds from
Sofuoglu. In the Superstock 600 race, Christian Gamarino (Team GO Eleven) was third.
Kenan Sofuoglu: “As always I really wanted to take a start on the front row so now I am really
ready for the race. The lap times I am doing are not difficult and I am doing the same times with
the hard or soft tyres, which is good for me and for tomorrow I think we have a big chance of
winning. I never won a race at San Marino so I really want to win this time. In the last second I
could put on an SC0 tyre which I used for just one lap but I understood it right away. I just
needed three or four more laps to try for pole but personally I really do not care about taking
pole. I can see that we are really strong and ready for the race.”
Sheridan Morais: “A lot better today than yesterday morning when we had a small electrical problem,
also in Friday qualifying. As much as I was disappointed to lose the chance to set fast early lap
times I could see how much work the guys were doing so I knew it would work out. They got the bike
ready for today and although it has been pretty rough at times this weekend I am really pleased to
be on the second row. The pace has been pretty hot and I think I only got in a few laps before
qualifying. We got some decent laps during qualifying and we also did quite a few fast laps, so I
think we should be OK for the race, and I have a good squad of guys on my side.”