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A perfect race day for the official Kawasaki #worldssp team saw #kenansofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) win the 16-lap contest at Motorland Aragon, from his team-mate and championship leader #randykrummenacher. In winning today Sofuoglu moved to second in the overall championship standings.
Sofuoglu’s margin of victory, by 1.486 seconds from Krummenacher, was enough to give him his first full point score of the FIM Supersport World Championship season. This was his third race win in a row for Kawasaki at the 5.077km long circuit in the north East of Spain.
Sofuoglu had qualified on pole position on his Kawasaki #ninjazx6r on Saturday and made a start-to-finish leading race that went perfectly to plan. He has now scored 33 race wins in his career.
Krummenacher had to fight hard for his second place at times but once he had got clear of the pack he pushed on as his pace improved, chasing Kenan on the final laps but not quite able to make enough ground on him to contest the win on the final corners. This was his second podium finish in three career WSS races, after winning first time out in Australia.
In the championship standings Krummenacher has 58 points, Sofuoglu 45 and today’s fourth placed rider, Jules Cluzel, is now third overall with 38 points. In the Manufacturers’ Championship, Kawasaki leads by 19 points after three races.
The next round takes place at Assen in the Netherlands, with raceday on 17 April.
Kenan Sofuoglu stated: “I wanted to lead and keep going because yesterday and the day before I had good pace. The team made incredible adjustments on the bike on Friday night and I was getting faster and faster. We did a good lap and took pole position in Superpole and in the race the goal was to make a good start and take the lead. When I saw a two second gap I said I should just keep a good pace. On the last two or three laps the gap was getting closer. I just decided to keep the pace, take 25 points and the plan worked very well. Now, step-by-step, we are coming back in the championship and hopefully soon we can lead it.”
Randy Krummenacher stated: “I can be really satisfied with my second podium this year. It feels great and the championship is going well for me. At the beginning of the race Kenan was pushing so had and I did not want to push that hard, but then I got a great rhythm and I felt myself coming closer to him again. Not enough at the end. Or sure I have to keep on working but I felt that I rode better than I did in Australia and Thailand so we keep improving and that is a really good thing. Thanks a lot to the team, I think it is great for them to have a first and second place – and to Kawasaki.”
A great day for Kawasaki in general saw six Kawasaki riders inside the top ten places. FIM Europe Supersport Cup (ESS) riders also made an impact, with Alessandro Zaccone (San Carlo Team Italia Kawasaki) fifth and his team-mate Axel Bassani sixth. Both were only just over four seconds from race winner Sofuoglu and also gave Kawasaki a 1-2 in the internal ESS rankings.
Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Orelac #racing VerdNatura) was eighth in the Motorland race and GoEleven Kawasaki rider Christian Gamarino tenth. Ilya Mikhalchik (DS Junior Team Kawasaki) placed 13th and was followed by two other points scoring Kawasaki riders, Ondrej Jezek (GoEleven Kawasaki) and Nacho Calero (Orelac #racing VerdNatura). Lachlan Epis (Response RE Team Kawasaki) was 21st.
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