Sofuoglu Secures Pole in Southern Spain

Saturday, 15 October 2016 10:29 GMT

The Turk means business with fifth title in his sights

Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) set a blisteringly fast pace in Tissot-Superpole 2 to secure the top spot and set a new lap record. His teammate Randy Krummenacher qualified close behind in second.

The final minute of the session saw a battle at the top of the timesheets play out again between the two Kawasaki riders with Krummenacher being the fastest. However, Sofuoglu showed his experience and prowess to beat his teammate just before the clocks timed out in the last ten seconds.

MV Agusta Reparto Corse rider Jules Cluzel set the third fastest time to lock out the front row of the grid, after graduating from Superpole 1 in the earlier session. Kallio Racing Team’s Niki Tuuli kept a consistent pace to finish in fourth ahead of Kyle Smith (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda) who secured fifth, despite a light crash at the end of the session at Turn 6.

The first qualifier of the FIM Europe Supersport Cup was Alessandro Zaccone (San Carlo Team Italia) who set the sixth fastest time ahead of Honda World Superbike Team’s PJ Jacobsen in seventh. Federico Caricasulo (BARDAHL Evan Bros. Honda Racing) finished eighth, while DS Junior Team’s Illia Mykhalchyk locked out ninth on the grid.

ESS leader Axel Bassani (San Carlo Team Italia) crashed out of the session with three minutes remaining; he was able to secure P10 on the grid. It was a frustrating result for the young Italian  who will need to work harder from further back on the grid on Sunday, if he intends on winning the ESS Cup. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Orelac Racing VerdNatura) was the second rider to move through from Tissot-Superpole 1 and will be starting from P11 on the grid in Sunday's race.

Ninth in Superpole 1 was Lorenzo Zanetti who manned Gino Rea’s GRT Racing MV Agusta machine after the Brit was injured at the end of FP2 on Friday. The Italian will replace the Brit at GRT racing and will be starting from P19 on the grid.

WorldSSP will fight it out in the penultimate Round of the FIM Supersport World Championship on Sunday 16th of October at 11:20 local time (GMT+2).