New Qualifying Format Sees Sofuoglu First And Krummenacher Third

160302_110

Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) and his new 2016 team-mate Randy Krummenacher earned starting places on the front row of the grid for the first round of the 2016 FIM Supersport World Championship at Phillip Island, after a new-look two-part Superpole-style qualifying.

For the first time in its history the final qualifying session in the WSS class followed the template originally created for the Superbike class, with Superpole 1 for the riders who were ranked from 11th place to last in the previous qualifying sessions. Superpole 2 then took the two fastest Superpole 1 riders, and the quickest ten competitors from regular qualifying, who then fought it out for the first few grid positions.

Both Kenan and Randy had qualified into Superpole 2 directly and in the 15 minutes of Superpole 2 they took their new-spec Ninja ZX-6R machines to first and third places respectively.

For Sofuoglu his championship defence has been on track from the start of practice on Friday, finding little difference in the overall racetrack performance of his Ninja ZX-6R, even though the technical regulations of the class now limit engine tuning and the degree of electronic rider aids allowed.

For Krummenacher his first race weekend experience of the WSS class has been positive and he now looks to Sunday to convert his strong seam of testing and practice form into real race results.

Kenan Sofuoglu stated:
“It is nice to have taken the first Superpole in Supersport history. It was good today because the track was very clean and the grip was good. We did some very good work in these two days of testing and honestly we did not use all our best until today. The team did a very good job. But still there is a possibility that we can go even faster because we keep pushing the bike to the limit and I am not taking risks with my riding. I could see I was ‘P1’ and I tried to stay there. Hopefully tomorrow we can go for 25 points – the first win of the season would be very nice.”

Randy Krummenacher stated:
“Front row first time in WSS and I am happy. Kenan put in a really strong lap at the end. I was ready to do better than I did but we had a bit of traffic on the last lap and I did not take the risk to pass. Overall I have to be very happy as I am in a very good position for the race tomorrow. I am confident because my pace is really constant.”

Christian Gamarino from the GO Eleven Kawasaki team was seventh in WSS Superpole, and his team-mate Ondrej Jezek was 14th. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Orelac Racing VerdNatura) placed 17th and his team-mate Nacho Calero was 21st. Lachlan Epis from the Response RE Team placed himself 27th.

→全文を読む

情報提供元 [ Kawasaki ]

関連記事

編集部おすすめ

  1. コルハートが取り扱いを行う「Dzell」からブレーキのリザーバータンクキャップの上に共締めす…
  2. 1a6433aec6af783f6d008221be38055e_s
    自賠責保険(共済)の損害調査を行っている損害保険料率算出機構は、2017年1月17日に金融庁…
  3. 国土交通省は、二輪自動車等に備える緊急制動表示灯の基準を新設し、発表した。 平成2…
  4. 20170209_swm_SV11
    2015年、EICMAでの発表を機にブランドの復活を宣言 1971年に創業されたイタリアのモー…
ページ上部へ戻る