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New FIM Supersport World Champion #kenansofuoglu put himself second on the grid after today’s Superpole 2 contest at #losail in #qatar, with his Kawasaki Puccetti #racing team-mate Randy Krummenacher ending his two days of practice third fastest. Randy will start Sunday’s 15-lap race alongside Kenan on the front row.
With #kenansofuoglu already crowned champion - for the fifth time - at the previous round he took his Ninja ZX-6R to within 0.059 seconds of another Superpole win in his latest success-laden season this evening.
Randy, who is second in the championship and intends to remain there after Sunday’s race, put himself on the second row after an up and down practice and qualifying period. He had headed free practice by over 0.7 seconds on Friday but also had to work on some set-up issues at other times.
Each Kawasaki Puccetti #racing rider will be out to improve on their already impressive 2016 season statistics on Sunday. Kenan has scored eight podiums through 2016, including six race wins, while Randy – in his first #worldssp season – has scored one win and two other podiums.
The race, to be held under floodlights at the 5.380km #losail circuit will start at 19.15 (local time) on Sunday 30th October.
Kenan Sofuoglu, stated: “I am happy enough to be on the first row because on day one we had some issues and today we improved the bike set-up a lot. Still, there are some points to improve and now we will make some modifications for the race. We were in a good direction compared to yesterday already. Race pace is good and it just needs to be improved a little more. Winning Superpole was possible today but I lost some time with another rider in the last corner of one lap and then on the next lap I missed a very important corner apex and lost time there. It does not really matter for the race, as a first row start is always the main goal. Superpole we always want to win but I am happy with a front row position here.”
Randy Krummenacher, stated: “I will try to go for the win on Sunday and I think we can improve the bike set-up again for tomorrow. If I had made the perfect lap I could have secured Superpole, even with these issues. We found also yesterday that the limit where we can be happy with is very small. If we go over it we can have some issues. So let’s see for tomorrow. I am sure we can improve for the race after looking at our data tonight.”
Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Orelac #racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) had a strong day and was seventh in Superpole, with Kyle Ryde (Schmidt #racing Kawasaki) 11th. Ondrej Jezek (team GoEleven Kawasaki) was 14th today, his team-mate Christian Gamarino 16th. Nacho Calero (Orelac #racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) placed 19th and young Australian rider Lachlan Epis (Response RE #racing Kawasaki) qualified 22nd.
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