Two Kawasakis On The Monza Front Row
May 16, 2013
Kawasaki Mahi Racing Team India rider Kenan Sofuoglu was third in qualifying at Monza, one place behind Florian Marino (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) with points leader Fabien Foret ninth.
A late and short-lived fall of rain around one or two areas of the 5.777km circuit prevented Sofuoglu for making a push for pole but he was, as ever, satisfied to be on the front row.
Rains on the first day of practice at Monza mean that he and his peers will have to work in warm-up before the race to make final tyre and set-up selections, for what is scheduled to be a 16-lap competition.
Foret was another rider caught out by the late fall of rain but he still took his Mahi Racing Team India Ninja ZX-6R to a top ten grid placing, starting off the third row of the grid in ninth place.
Young rider Marino is now looking forward to what will be only his third WSS race of the year as he performs stand-in duties for injured regular Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres team rider David Salom.
Luca Scassa (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) was 14th after experiencing some issues in final qualifying, while Kevin Coghlan (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team) was eighth, one place ahead of Foret.
Vladimir Ivanov (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team) went 16th on the grid, but with Puccetti Kawasaki duo Stefano Cruciani and Riccardo Russo fifth and sixth there were six Kawasaki riders in the top nine grid places at Monza.
Kenan Sofuoglu: “I was a little bit disappointed because we had some rain at the end and I could not make an improvement in final lap time because of this. The plan was to use the first 30 minutes of qualification to make a long run and to understand the bike then leave the last 15 minutes to go for a lap time. But then the rain started to drop. I tried it anyway but I touched the kerbs one time and almost fell. I felt that I did not need to take the risk because I was already in the front row. My goal is always to be on the front row after qualification. If I had a big crash going for pole I could have destroyed tomorrow. But of course the best lap times should be better than this. I think the level of the bike is good but I am not sure if the race set-up is perfect yet, so we will have to check in the warm-up tomorrow morning. We will look at the data and see where we can make up time.”
Fabien Foret: “Not such a good final qualifying session for us. We took our time to get it right and I had some fresh tyres to do a fast lap with but I could not use them because we did not have any luck with us. There was one cloud overhead and we had a small drop of rain and that stopped us being able to go faster at the end. We will see for tomorrow.
1 Sam Lowes Yamaha YZF R6
2 Florian Marino Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R
3 Lorenzo Zanetti Honda CBR600RR
4 Riccardo Russo Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R
5 Kev Coghlan Kawasaki ZX-6R
6 Sheridan Morais Honda CBR600RR
7 Vladimir Leonov Yamaha YZF R6
8 Luca Scassa Kawasaki ZX-6R
9 Vladimir Ivanov Kawasaki ZX-6R
10 Luca Marconi Honda CBR600RR
DNS Fabien Foret Kawasaki ZX-6R
DNS David Salom Kawasaki ZX-6R
DNF Kenan Sofuoglu Kawasaki ZX-6R
1 Sam Lowes Yamaha YZF R6 70
2 Fabien Foret Kawasaki ZX-6R 54
3 Michael Vd Mark Honda CBR600RR 49
4 Kenan Sofuoglu Kawasaki ZX-6R 45
5 Lorenzo Zanetti Honda CBR600RR 40
6 Luca Scassa Kawasaki ZX-6R 34
7 Florian Marino Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 31
8 Andrea Antonelli Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 29
9 Riccardo Russo Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 26
10 Jack Kennedy Honda CBR600RR 24
11 Kev Coghlan Kawasaki ZX-6R 22
16 Vladimir Ivanov Kawasaki ZX-6R 13
17 David Salom Kawasaki ZX-6R 11