Good things come to those who wait
The 2016 FIM Supersport World Championship will be won by either of the Kawasaki Puccetti Racing riders: Kenan Sofuoglu or Randy Krummenacher. Sunday’s dramatic 19-lap race at Magny Cours saw Sofuoglu crash out and Krummenacher score a top five finish, keeping the championship fight alive.
Magny-Cours was ready to celebrate Sofuoglu’s fifth World Title and from his results in practice and Superpole it seemed that Sofuoglu was ready to seal the deal. But like most things, nothing is certain.
The Turkish rider stormed to the lead from pole position but had to fight to keep MV Agusta Reparto Corse’s Jules Cluzel and Kallio Racing’s Niki Tuuli at bay, as they were hot on his tail.
Lap 12 changed everything when Sofuoglu had an uncharacteristic tumble, crashing out of the race. Krummenacher who struggled initially, managed to close the gap on Sofuoglu just by finishing the race and collecting the very valuable 11 points in fifth position and consequently keeps the championship open at least for another round.
“I took it easy at the start of the race and I cannot say I was pushing, I was riding easy and in a safe way,” said Sofuoglu. “After seven or eight laps I thought we had a rhythm, the tires were hot enough, and I thought I would push a little bit. In the last two laps before the crash, step-by step, I was doing faster lap times. Honestly I cannot say why I crashed. This was really an unexpected fall. I wanted to win the race and the championship here but it did not happen. We have two more races and the chances will be bigger at the next one. In two weeks’ time we will be ready to try and win the title.”
The next round of the championship will take place on Sunday 16th of October, at Jerez in Spain where Sofuoglu hopes to take the crown.