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The season-ending round of the FIM Supersport World Championship will take place on Sunday 30th October under the floodlights at the Losail International Circuit, with Kawasaki Puccetti #racing rider #kenansofuoglu already crowned champion at the previous #event. For #randykrummenacher (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) maintaining his current second place in the points ranking is his ultimate goal before he moves to the Superbike World Championship in 2017.
With one round remaining Kawasaki has already won the Manufacturers’ Championship in the WorldSSP class, thanks in large part to the efforts of Sofuoglu and Krummenacher. Of the 11 races run so far, Krummenacher won the first in Australia, while his team-mate Sofuoglu took his career-winning total to 38 after scoring six race victories this year – at Motorland Aragon, Imola, Donington, Misano, Lausitzring and Jerez.
Both Puccetti #racing riders will be out to win the last race of the year to finish their seasons on a high. Each will also consider the final championship position of Krummenacher, who is aiming to finish second overall before he moves to the WorldSBK grid with his current team in 2017. A 1-2 finish for the Kawasaki Puccetti #racing riders would be a perfect end to a season laden with pace and achievement aboard the #ninjazx6r.
In becoming the first rider to reach the mark of five World Championships in WorldSSP, and with three of those titles coming on Kawasaki machinery, Sofuoglu has re-written the record books once again. His career statistics are all class leading. As well as his untouchable 38 race wins he has scored 77 podiums in all, taken 30 pole positions, 93 front row starting positions and 27 fastest laps – all within 115 race starts. With one round remaining any or all of those totals could be improved once again, such has been the late season pace demonstrated by the Turkish star.
Krummenacher would like to bracket his first WorldSSP season with a win to go with his opening day success, way back in February in Australia. He is now three points ahead of Jules Cluzel in the race for second place overall, and seven ahead of Patrick Jacobsen. He has work to do to make sure he finishes above both of these rivals, but feels his great experience at Losail from his GP days will count for much on race weekend.
The Losail WorldSSP race is scheduled for 15 laps and will get underway at 19.15 local time on Sunday 30th October.
Kenan Sofuoglu, stated: “After the championship win I had quite a busy week with press conferences and so on but I did not do so much after that because I have to finish the season first. I can relax a little bit for Qatar and I will take all my family with me, for the race and for a holiday. We did our job and won the championship at the last round in Spain by winning the race. Now in Qatar we have a goal to win the race again. Last year I did a good lap time and I think it will be good again this year. We will try to win the race but within Kawasaki and the team we all have the goal to be first and second in the championship. If I am in a position to help my team-mate to be second in the points, I will help. The team did a good job and I want to help them to finish first and second.”
Randy Krummenacher, stated: “I have around ten years of experience #racing at Qatar so I want to show this, and be strong this weekend. I want to prove that I made a step forward and also bring it to the finish in a good way. I want to win the race, to finish my Supersport season with another win, and there is no better place than Qatar to do this. For sure I have learned from my mistake in Jerez when I crashed, and I want to show myself that I can do really well. To show myself that I got to a better, higher, level than the start of the season and bring home second place in the championship.”
Recently crowned FIM Europe Supersport Cup champion Axel Bassani (San Carlo Team Italia Kawasaki) proved the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R’s worth in the newly formed class-within-a-class, by also ending his season in 11th place. Riders just behind him could still overtake his points total by the end of the year, as he will not be competing at Losail. His effort was all the more remarkable as he did not race at three previous rounds of the championship. All three were held outside Europe and he and his fellow ESS riders only competed at the European circuits.
Malaysia’s #zulfahmikhairuddin (Orelac #racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) is currently 13th overall, another top ESS rider Illia Mikhalchik (DS Junior Team Kawasaki) 14th and series regular Ondrej Jezek (Team GOELEVEN Kawasaki) is 15th.
Christian Gamarino (Team GOELEVEN Kawasaki) is 19th, one place behind ESS competitor Alessandro Zaccone (San Carlo Team Italia Kawasaki) who had an impressive season of his own.
Nacho Calero (Orelac #racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) has got a point on the board for his team this year while rookie rider Lachlan Epis (Response RE #racing Kawasaki) continues to get closer to his goal of scoring his first point.
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