Kawasaki Puccetti Racing riders Randy Krummenacher and Kenan Sofuoglu qualified second and third respectively in Superpole 2 at the FIM Supersport World Championship round in Thailand, leaving them in ideal front row starting positions for Sunday’s 17-lap race.
On his first visit to the 4.554km Thai circuit Phillip Island race winner Krummenacher worked at finding a strong pace and race set-up, having been fastest man in today’s earlier third free practice session. On his Ninja ZX-6R he finished just 0.094 seconds from pole man Jules Cluzel after the final pre-race Superpole 2 session had been completed.
Four-time world champion Sofuoglu used all his experience to make improvements in his overall machine set-up, having been 13th in Friday’s first track outing, then second on Friday evening. He currently leads the Tissot Superpole Award points table, after taking pole position in Australia and being third in Superpole in Thailand.
Track conditions slowly improved over the two days of practice and qualifying, but slippery parts remain where the circuit was recently resurfaced at some points.
The WSS race is scheduled to start at 14.20 local time in Thailand on Sunday 13th.
Randy Krummenacher stated:
“A front row starting position is always something good. I improved one position over where I qualified in Australia so that was also a positive. Qualifying was still pretty hard and I had a few mistakes, maybe too many to go first, so I am very pleased with second. Our pace is very constant so I am very confident for the race. It is going to be a long race! I think we can still improve a little bit for tomorrow. Thanks to the team and Kawasaki and for the great support here from the spectators; they are unreal.”
Kenan Sofuoglu stated:
“It is coming better and we are starting from the front row, which gives you extra motivation as a rider. For sure at the moment we are still working at going faster and faster. Racing is a completely different story from qualifying. The race is over 17-laps and I can push very hard. Let’s see who is going to fight for the win in the race. The track is coming better, but of course compared to last year we are one second slower. I think this is because of the high temperatures and there are some parts of the track that are slippery compared to last year.”
Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Orelac Racing VerdNatura) was 13th on the grid, Ondrej Jezek (team GO ELEVEN Kawasaki) 17th and his team-mate Christian Gamarino placed 20th.
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