3 manufacturers in the top 3 in qualifying.
Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) will start the second round of the World Supersport championship, the first ever to be held in Thailand from Pole Position after an all-action 45 minute qualifying session. The Turk who recently became a father for the first time was in fine form from the start and with the humidity rising, the former champion moved to the top of the standings thanks to a 1.37.345s lap time. He was able to cling on thanks to several of his rivals falling on their potential Pole Position setting times in the closing minutes.
Championship leader Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) will join Sofuoglu on the front row along with Kyle Smith (Pata Honda WSS Team) who despite being one of the fallers was able to cling on to 3rd.
Lorenzo Zanetti (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) also fell spectacularly after touching the kerbing at which was still wet from this morning’s rain shower. The Italian will be joined on the second row for tomorrow’s 17 lap race by the Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres pairing of Lucas Mahias and PJ Jacobsen who secured 5th and 6th positions on the grid respectively.
Local rider and fan favourite Ratthapark Wilairot (CORE Motorsport Thailand) was cheered loudly by the packed grandstand into 7th on the grid where he will start alongside Italian Roberto Rolfo (Lorini Honda) who is openly relishing the extreme conditions. Gino Rea (CIA Insurance Landlords Honda), currently 3rd in the World Championship standings will start 9th.
PJ Jacobsen and Alex Baldolini (Race Department ATK#25) wer the only other riders to fall. Both of them along with Smith and Zanetti were unhurt.