May 28, 2013

Kawasaki Mahi Racing Team India competitor Kenan Sofuoglu got his pre-race wish of a front row start at Donington while his team-mate Fabien Foret worked hard for tenth on the grid in England.

In warm and dry conditions, a marked contrast to the first day’s cold and wet track surface, Sofuoglu was second on the grid after qualifying, only behind local rider and track specialist Sam Lowes. This puts Kenan in near perfect position to start Sunday’s fifth round of the season as he aims to reduce the points gap to Lowes in the championship table.

With only one dry day of track time to find a good set-up for qualifying and racing Fabien Foret was unable to make the kind of push he wanted in the pre-race sessions and he will now start from the fourth row on his Kawasaki Mahi Racing Team India machine.

Young rider Florian Marino (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) was able to make a big leap from his tough first day in the wet to go fourth on the grid and is now just off the front row by one place, fourth overall. Luca Scassa (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) found another rider in his way on his final hot qualifying lap and now has to start from the fourth row, alongside Foret, in 11th place.

Vladimir Ivanov (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team) went ninth in qualifying, his British team-mate Kevin Coghlan (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team) 12th at his home round. Riccardo Russo (Puccetti Racing Kawasaki) placed 14th on the grid.

Kenan Sofuoglu: “I have a goal to be on the first row all the time, and we achieved it, but of course I have prepared everything for the race more than qualifying. This is Donington, which is Sam Lowes favourite track so I knew he would be very strong here, so we will see what we can do tomorrow. I will do what I can to win the race but if I cannot do that I will go for the points. I think there will be a fight tomorrow because the race pace is close between Sam and me. We have worked a lot on the electronics since Monza, when I had a fall in the race, so we will keep working in that area. Already I am happy with the bike and although today I could not make the best lap time I am sure the bike is capable of doing a lap better than I could do today. Step-by-step I am getting stronger with my Kawasaki and I think I can be better in the race.”

Fabien Foret: “I am on the fourth row and that is disappointing. If we ever get a summer and we have three days of warm weather at a race it would help me, but it is the same for everybody. The bike set-up is getting better and maybe we can improve the setting and my performance a bit, get a fast start and have a good race day. Tomorrow is another day.”

1 Sam Lowes Yamaha YZF R6
2 Kenan Sofuoglu Kawasaki ZX-6R
3 Roberto Rolfo MV Agusta F3 675
4 Lorenzo Zanetti Honda CBR600RR
5 Luca Scassa Kawasaki ZX-6R
6 Jack Kennedy Honda CBR600RR
7 Sheridan Morais Honda CBR600RR
8 Andrea Antonelli Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R
9 Fabien Foret Kawasaki ZX-6R
10 Glen Richards Triumph Daytona 675
11 Vladimir Ivanov Kawasaki ZX-6R
DNS David Salom Kawasaki ZX-6R
DNF Kev Coghlan Kawasaki ZX-6R

1 Sam Lowes Yamaha YZF R6 95
2 Kenan Sofuoglu Kawasaki ZX-6R 65
3 Fabien Foret Kawasaki ZX-6R 61
4 Lorenzo Zanetti Honda CBR600RR 53
5 Michael Vd Mark Honda CBR600RR 49
6 Luca Scassa Kawasaki ZX-6R 45
7 Roberto Rolfo MV Agusta F3 675 38
8 Andrea Antonelli Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 37
9 Jack Kennedy Honda CBR600RR 34
10 Florian Marino Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 31
12 Kev Coghlan Kawasaki ZX-6R 22
15 Vladimir Ivanov Kawasaki ZX-6R 18
18 David Salom Kawasaki ZX-6R 11