Sofuoglu wins number six at Brno
Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) extended his championship lead to an impressive 70 points after scoring a convincing start-to-finish victory in the 18-lap World Supersport Championship race at Brno.
His sixth win in nine races came after he had scored pole position on Saturday, with a new Supersport track best of 2’04.871 seconds, and he also set a new lap record in the race, with at 2’06.089.
In the Manufacturers’ Championship, Sofuoglu’s latest success takes Honda to a 61-point lead and rookie WSS rider Craig Jones (Reve Ekerold Honda CBR600RR) made the Brno race a Honda 1-2, with his and his team’s first podium finish in this category.
Katsuaki Fujiwara (Althea Honda Team CBR600RR) finished in sixth place, after qualifying tenth, suffering from a lack of testing time that the tyre development teams enjoyed at Brno recently. He maintains his push for a top-three championship finish, as he sits third, on 87 points.
Sebastien Charpentier (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) started the race in second place and held it for some time, but he was eventually swamped by other riders and posted an eventual eighth. He was fifth in qualifying, and now sits 12th overall in the championship standings, on 37 points.
Fujiwara’s team-mate Lorenzo Alfonsi (Althea Honda Team CBR600RR), suffered three crashes in practice at Brno, and thus started 19th on a grid of 37. He battled back to score points for 14th in the race, and is only one place and one point behind Charpentier in the overall standings.
The task of qualifying and choosing race tyres was complicated immensely at Brno as day one was hot, day two slightly less so and raceday was cool and very windy by comparison, with temperatures of 27°C recorded during the race.
Sofuoglu, however, was on fire throughout the Brno weekend, and in scoring his latest win, he now only needs another strong performance at Brands Hatch race in two weeks time to clinch his first and Honda’s sixth straight Riders’ title in the 600cc division.