First Superpole Success For Krummenacher With Sofuoglu Third On The Grid

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2016 FIM Supersport World Championship leader Randy Krummenacher (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) had to get through Superpole 1 to even start Superpole 2 but he used his experience of a dry track surface to help him win his first Superpole contest since joining WorldSSP at the start of the year. Four-time world champion Kenan Sofuoglu was third quickest on his officially entered Ninja ZX-6R.

With both Friday sessions proving to be wet for the massed ranks of the WorldSSP riders, Sofuoglu was in second place but Krummenacher was 16th after day one. Randy recovered pace in morning warm-up today even as the track was not in perfect condition.

Having to complete Superpole 1, which saw him fast enough to join Superpole 2, Krummenacher used his dry track experience to set the fastest lap of all and win his maiden Superpole.

Kenan, who had qualified straight into Superpole 2, had no experience of a fully dry track surface to evaluate his final set-up. Because of this he found a less than perfect suspension set-up at the beginning of his final push to earn a good starting position. He still took the last place on the front row in some style and like his team-mate Krummenacher will now start the race from a strong position.

The WorldSSP race will take place at 11.20 on Sunday 17th April, over 18 laps.

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Randy Krummenacher stated:
“It was awesome today. I had the 15 minutes more in Superpole 1 so I could already make some adjustments on the bike. The final adjustment was really good because we had a better corner exit. I really used it after the first sector. I knew that final lap was going to be my lap. I am very happy to finally have my Superpole winner’s watch.”

Kenan Sofuoglu stated:
“The two guys in first and second came to Superpole 2 from Superpole 1 so they made some extra laps and they could set their bikes set up a little bit. When I went to the track with new suspension settings for the dry I had a bit of a surprise but we still managed to make it onto the first row, which is always important. The team is working well but in the dry we will have to improve our set-up. If it is wet for the race we should be one of the fastest. I am just waiting for tomorrow, hoping for good weather so we can fight to win the race.”

Ondrej Jezek (Team GOELEVEN Kawasaki) was sixth in Superpole 2, for a second row start. ESS rider Ilya Mikhalchik (DS Junior Team Kawasaki) placed 11th. Alessandro Zaccone (San Carlo Team Italia Kawasaki), another ESS part-time championship competitor, was 16th with series regular Christian Gamarino (Team GOELEVEN Kawasaki) 18th.

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