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The #fimsupersportworldchampionship season continues at Magny Cours this weekend and it could be a pivotal #event for points leader Kenan Sofuoglu and his #kawasaki #puccettiracingteammate #randykrummenacher.
Currently first and second in the championship, the official Ninja ZX-6R pairing are each other’s main rival for ultimate success as the championship approaches round ten of 12.
Sofuoglu, winner of five races in the season so far, has a 53-point advantage over Krummenacher, stretching out his lead after a recent run of three victories in succession. Kenan’s advantage gives him a first chance to be able win the championship if things go his way this weekend. Should Turkish star Kenan take the title it would be his fifth such success in this class of #racing and his third world title with #kawasaki.
Krummenacher has made a highly positive impact in his rookie WorldSSP season; arriving from the Moto2 paddock as a highly experienced GP competitor in the middleweight category. He led the championship outright for four rounds, until Kenan took over the top spot at Imola in May.
Swiss rider Krummenacher is keen to get back to winning ways in France to add to his opening round success in Australia. After a positive test at Magny Cours recently he is ready to face his first WorldSSP race at the 4.411km circuit.
Only three riders are still in a position to win the championship itself, with PJ Jacobsen nine points behind Randy and 62 behind Kenan. In the Manufacturers’ rankings #kawasaki has an advantage of 42 points with a possible 75 up for grabs across the final three races.
Magny Cours is a regular stop on the WorldSSP trail and frequently the scene of races that are pivotal in determining the eventual championship outcome. Weather conditions can often be changeable at Magny Cours in October, partly due to its location in the very centre of France.
Raceday will be Sunday 2nd October, with the race scheduled for an 11.20am start.
After the French round there will be two more races to complete the season, the first in Spain at Jerez and then the series finale under the floodlights at Losail in Qatar.
Kenan Sofuoglu, stated: “I am happy to travel to France because now we are close to the end of the championship. Everything is ready so now we are just waiting for the weekend. Of course, #racing for the championship means you always prefer dry weather but I think we are not bad in the wet too. It was very special for me to win my first Supersport World Championship title some years ago, and achieve my dream. But I am also very proud to be still #racing, still winning, and still in a position to compete for the title. It would be another dream to take a fifth title and I am very happy to be #racing with #kawasaki.”
Randy Krummenacher, stated: “The previous round at Lausitzring was a bit disappointing but I am taking some positives with me to Magny Cours. I learned a few things and I will watch out for a few things in terms of the set-up of the bike and my approach. I am relaxed and really confident going to France as I know we will be stronger there than in Lausitz. What gives me a little bit of extra confidence is that I tested there two weeks ago. I know the track and I really like it, so everything is ready. This year in WorldSSP has been really good but not perfect because I had an injury. I am second in the championship and everything is still possible so I will keep going and push to the maximum.”
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