Simpson utterly emphatic to sweep Belgian MXGP

Shaun Simpson came, saw, kicked up roost and conquered the Grand Prix of Belgium at Lommel yesterday. In a weekend of firsts – overall position, Pole Position and a maiden 1-1 scorecard – the Scot ruled MXGP at the hardest and toughest track on the calendar.

It was a milestone achievement after eleven years in Grand Prix. The 27 year old steered his 450SX-F to a first moto win by pulling away from Romain Febvre and then Gautier Paulin and repeated the feat in front of 24,200 fans (with many Brits in the crowd) by stalking Paulin and overtaking the factory HRC rider at mid-race distance in the second sprint.

There were moments of drama however. Shaun did not complete a lap of morning warm-up due to an engine problem that sent his Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM crew – and father/mechanic Willie – into a busy stretch of checks and troubleshooting. Then with three laps remaining in the second race and with a clear lead Shaun landed awkwardly from the hefty quad jump (he was one of just two people to consistently do the leap) and crashed. He remounted quickly and was able to ride at good speed again to the finish despite the closer proximity of Paulin.

The perfect 50 point tally was a landmark in the Scot’s career but the haul also helped push him into sixth position in the world championship standings and with his eye on the top five as he now prepares for his wild-card outing at Unadilla, NY for the tenth round of twelve in the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Nationals next weekend.

Round fifteen of eighteen in MXGP will be at Mantova in Italy on August 22nd-23rd.

On the win…
This has been a long time coming. I got close back in 2009 in the sand in Valkenswaard and I burned out in the second moto. I had a small injury before and it cost me a lot. I think about that day when it should have been perfect…and I don’t get them very often. I wanted to grab this opportunity with both hands. There was no way I was going to let it slip today. The first moto went to plan. The second one – I maybe wasn’t the fastest guy out there but I definitely planned it well – I knew I could last the distance. What wasn’t in the script was the crash; I just landed in some soft sand and high-sided. I don’t think I have ever got off the ground and on the bike so quickly. I did the last two laps with my peak in front of my goggles so I felt like a right goon but managed to get it done.

On the Lommel sand…
This one probably takes the biscuit and is the roughest I have seen Lommel. They had prepared the sand by raising the level of the track and it meant it was a lot softer than when we train and practice here. I would call this ‘real’ motocross; plenty of bumps and places to pass. Guys tiring out, guys going fast, sprint laps, on-and-off and it is not something we see too often. Most of the time we are within fractions of a second of each other. I think it is such a great contrast to what we are used to and totally enjoyable for me.

On his rivals…
Romain was fast in both races and Gautier surprised me a little bit. He wasn’t on it so much yesterday but today he pulled a few things out of the bag. I’ve seen these guys practicing here so I know they have done their homework too and it is not a surprise to see them next to me and it is a pleasure to be between them.

On doing the quad…
The quad jump was harder this year but as the race developed it was actually easier to do it because you were landing where everybody wasn’t and you could double-double out. I think it was worth a second and a half a lap; at least that’s how it looked to me. After I crashed I just kept on doing it.

On what this means for the AMA…
Going to Unadilla next week is something that a lot of people seem excited about. There is no way to make a long journey better than with a good result on your back.

On Willie saving the day…
The old boy works his socks off. There is nobody here that tightens a bolt more than him. He is quite cool and calm on the outside but I definitely stressed him out this weekend. We had a bit of a problem after the qualification race and he went back to the workshop and stripped the engine and finished at about 1am. I was well in my bed by then. Something then happened this morning that shouldn’t have. I wasn’t stressed, he was but we got it fixed and we got the job done. I have to give him a big pat on the back because this is his win as much as it is mine.

Text: PR Shaun Simpson, Photo by JP Acevedo

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Marquez triumphs at German Grand Prix

Marc Marquez took first place, respectively, in the ninth race of the season, maintaining his position from qualifying. As happened a year ago, the Repsol Honda rider occupied the top step of the podium at the German Grand Prix, as Marquez broke away at the start.

When the red lights went out, Marquez made good starts but were surprised by Lorenzo, who took the lead on the first corner. After five laps, Marquez got past Lorenzo again – one corner before Rossi relegated Pedrosa to fourth. The Italian moved up to second on Lap 8.
With this result, the World Championship reaches its midway point with Marquez in fourth place. He has 114 points and is 65 off leader Rossi. This week, the Repsol Honda team will return to work at Misano to complete a three-day test, which should allow them to face the second half of the season in even better shape.

Marc Marquez: “I am very happy with this victory. I’ve been chasing it hard over the last few races. In Assen we began to see the light at the end of the tunnel; after Barcelona which was very hard, I felt good on the bike again thanks to the changes we made. We have confirmed that they worked here at this circuit, but I want to be cautious because I am aware that this circuit has always been very good for me and also for the Honda. We have to keep working, because on the laps that I did behind Lorenzo I saw that in some aspects the they were stronger than us. Let’s see if we can continue improving at the Misano test next week.”

1    Marc Marquez         Repsol Honda         41:01.087
2    Dani Pedrosa         Repsol Honda         +2.226
3    Valentino Rossi         Yamaha         +5.608
4    Jorge Lorenzo         Yamaha         +9.928
5    Andrea Iannone         Ducati         +20.785

1    Valentino Rossi         Yamaha         179 points
2    Jorge Lorenzo         Yamaha         166 points
3    Andrea Iannone         Ducati         118 points
4    Marc Márquez         Repsol Honda         114 points
5    Andrea Dovizioso         Ducati         87 points

Text/Photo: PR Repsol Media Service

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Second place for Marc Marquez at Dutch TT

Marc Marquez starred in a thrilling finale to the Dutch TT, in which he fought for the victory until the last moment with Valentino Rossi.

With his second place finish, the Repsol Honda Team rider scored his third podium of the season and lies fourth in the World Championship standings with 89 points.

A good start from third on the grid allowed the reigning World Champion to place second at the end of the first lap, a wheel’s length away from poleman Valentino Rossi. After a few laps both began to break away, and the Repsol Honda rider even led the way for a three-lap spell towards the end. Rossi rallied back for the lead three laps from the finish, before Marquez reduced a gap established by his rival and tried to take victory with a pass on the famous final chicane. Despite contact, both were able to cross the finish line.

The next round of the World Championship will be held in two weeks’ time in Germany.

Marc Marquez: “I am very happy that I’m back on the podium and I had a good race, fighting for victory until the end. I think it was a moral victory for us, but we were riding at the limit on the last chicane. We have worked very well all weekend and I have to thank the team, because you regain confidence when you’re with the best team in the World. They are helping me a lot and this was shown by the fact that, at a track where we are usually not so strong, we fought for the win until the last corner. We’ll see if we can take another step forward in the coming races. We rode a last lap to win the race, especially on the last chicane. I had studied things well and knew where I had to brake in order to be able to overtake Vale, and so I did that but didn’t end like I wanted…”

1    Valentino Rossi         Yamaha         40:54.037
2    Marc Marquez         Repsol Honda         +1.242
3    Jorge Lorenzo         Yamaha         +14.576
4    Andrea Iannone         Ducati         +19.109
5    Pol Espargaro         Yamaha         +24.268

1    Valentino Rossi         Yamaha         163 points
2    Jorge Lorenzo         Yamaha         153 points
3    Andrea Iannone         Ducati         107 points
4    Marc Marquez         Repsol Honda         89 points
5    Andrea Dovizioso         Ducati         87 points

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Quartararo places second in tight Dutch TT

Fabio Quartararo just misses out on maiden Moto3 victory. Maria Herrera crashes out from eighth after contact from another rider.

Saturday was a bittersweet day for the Repsol riders in Moto3. Whilst Fabio Quartararo placed second, respectively, Maria Herrera has starred in a spectacular battle in the second group for eighth. However, she was crashed into by Niccolo Antonelli under braking when tryng to escape and was eliminated from the race.

At the front, Quartararo was in a group with Brad Binder, Miguel Oliveira, Danny Kent, Romano Fenati and Enea Bastianini. Throughout the race there were countless passes in this group and, once again, the last lap was a lottery. Quartararo crossed the line second, just 0.066s behind winner Miguel Oliveira.

After this race, Quartararo lies sixth in the overall standings with 74 points.

Fabio Quartararo: “The truth is I would have preferred to have won, but it was not possible. I am satisfied with the work we have done throughout the weekend. Here at Assen we have done well right from the start on Thursday. Today in the race I was in the front group and on the last lap I managed to overtake Miguel [Oliveira] before the third sector, because I knew he was very fast there. However, both he and Kent passed me and I couldn’t regain the lead. I’m very happy with this podium and for having fought with the top riders.”

Maria Herrera: “The first few laps went very well and everything went as I wanted. I got up to eighth, was fast and was following the pace of the leading group. As for the crash, these things happen. Today it was because of a mistake from another rider, but another day it will be my mistake. It was a shame because it could have taken a great result for the team, but there will be more races and we have to continue in the same way. This year we have to learn and gain respect. I am pleased to have reached eighth place and been able to fight in a group of very strong riders.”

1    Miguel Oliveira         KTM         37:54.427
2    Fabio Quartararo         Honda         +0.066
3    Danny Kent         Honda         +0.117
4    Jorge Navarro         Honda         +0.179
5    Romano Fenati         KTM         +0.252

1    Danny Kent         Honda         165 points
2    Enea Bastianini         Honda         108 points
3    Miguel Oliveira         KTM         102 points
4    Romano Fenati         KTM         86 points
5    Efren Vazquez         Honda         76 points
6    Fabio Quartararo         Honda         74 points
26    Maria Herrera         Husqvarna         1 point

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Second season podium for Seewer in Italy

Some 36,000 spectators braved harsh and wet conditions at Maggiora Park for the Grand Prix of Italy and round nine of 18 in the FIM Motocross World Championship today as Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe’s Jeremy Seewer scored his second podium finish in the MX2 class on his works RM-Z250 with third place overall.

Around the throttle and brake-hungry hills of the hard-pack Italian course the fabled track was a technically-straightforward challenge but some of the slippery zones of the soil had to be handled with care. Mistakes by some key Grand Prix stars proved costly at the event that pulled half of the 2015 calendar into the history books.

Jeremy Seewer placed his RM-Z 14th into the gate on Sunday as dark skies had already coated the venue with copious rain. The Swiss was unlucky on Saturday to suffer a collision with Petar Petrov on the first lap of the qualification heat race and had to pick-up his bike, roll-back down one of the Maggiora slopes and get back into the fray. He recovered from almost last place to 14th.

In a slimy and mud-drenched first moto he made a great start through the Italian slop and settled into a position trying to shadow Tim Gajser for third place. It was mostly a static affair with the single drying line the only reliable guide for the riders. Seewer kept ahead of Valentin Guillod and then Brent Van Doninck to make sure of fourth place.

For the second race the track had continued to dry, but away from the principal lines, there was a bulge of excess soil that could quickly slow any progress. After five laps Seewer overtook Benoit Paturel for third place and then held the ranking for the rest of the race. He weathered attention from Max Anstie in the final two laps but was able to confirm a 4-3 and the second GP champagne spray of his career.

Seewer now totals 246 points in the MX2 standings in just his second season in the category. He needs a further five to move into the top-five. A regular ADAC MX Masters German Championship campaigner and confident winner of the previous round at Bielstein, he will be an easily-recognisable figure at Teutschenthal next weekend for round 10.

Jeremy Seewer:“I had a good feeling on the track from Saturday and my engine and suspension were working so well and gave me confidence. We had a different track today! I put a lot of focus into the start because on the sighting lap I saw there was largely one line and it would be difficult to pass. I managed to get a good one but still took a load of mud on the goggles and had to throw them away. I stayed fourth and limited the mistakes. There was a big gap in front and also behind me so I tried to ride smooth. The second race was a bit crazy because Tonkov pushed me out into the deep mud on the first corner. I lost a lot of positions straight away. I made some passes and two guys crashed out in front of me. In the end it was a big battle with Max Anstie but I could still finish third and made my fastest lap right at the end. It was a cool race and the pace was high so I was happy with that.”

MX2 Moto1: 1. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, Husqvarna), 35:43.948; 2. Jordi Tixier (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:10.152; 3. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:19.927; 4. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Rockstar Energy Suzuki), +0:43.043; 5. Brent Van doninck (BEL, Yamaha), +1:20.365; 6. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +1:25.800; 7. Petar Petrov (BUL, Kawasaki), +1:29.160; 8. Julien Lieber (BEL, Yamaha), +1:35.621; 9. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, Honda), +1:37.483; 10. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), +1:38.710.

MX2 Moto2: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 34:14.548; 2. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:01.424; 3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Rockstar Energy Suzuki), +0:03.496; 4. Max Anstie (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:05.292; 5. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:27.111; 6. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +0:39.218; 7. Brent Van doninck (BEL, Yamaha), +0:46.169; 8. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, Husqvarna), +0:54.992; 9. Julien Lieber (BEL, Yamaha), +0:57.393; 10. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), +0:58.765.

MX2 Overall result: 1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 42 points; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 40 p.; 3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Rockstar Energy Suzuki), 38 p.; 4. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, HUS), 38 p.; 5. Brent Van doninck (BEL, YAM), 30 p.; 6. Max Anstie (GBR, KAW), 27 p.; 7. Julien Lieber (BEL, YAM), 25 p.; 8. Petar Petrov (BUL, KAW), 24 p.; 9. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 22 p.; 10. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 22 p.

MX2 World Championship Standings (after 9 of 18 rounds): 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 398 points; 2. Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM), 259 p.; 3. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 259 p.; 4. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, HUS), 256 p.; 5. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 251 p.; 6. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KAW), 251 p.; 7. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Rockstar Energy Suzuki), 246 p.; 8. Max Anstie (GBR, KAW), 210 p.; 9. Julien Lieber (BEL, YAM), 209 p.; 10. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, KAW), 205 p.


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Matthias Walkner celebrates first Rally victory

Matthias Walkner of Austria took victory in the Sardegna Rally Race, Round Four of the FIM World Cross Countries Rally Championship on the Italian island of Sardinia. Walkner is in his first full season with the KTM Factory Team and is a former MX3 World Champion.

Matthias Walkner, speaking in the finish area of the rally said that despite the win he had not been completely satisfied with his riding over the first three days. ”I was very motivated after winning the Super Special on the first day, but I crashed twice the next day. From a riding perspective the Sardegna Rally can’t be compared with desert riding. It has more the characteristic of an Enduro race.” He added that the navigation was rather complicated and it was very easy to make a mistake. “After I got more used to this situation, I was able to win the stage yesterday and I had to today I again had to start first. I rode alone at the front for over 100 km and I really felt good. I had not reckoned with the overall victory and for this reason I am even more pleased that it all worked out.”

The next round in the FIM World Championship is the Atacama Rally in Chile, August 30-September 9, 2015.

Sardegna Rally Race – Final Overall Results
1. Matthias Walkner, AUT, KTM, 16 hours 30 minutes, 26 seconds
2. Armand Monleon, ESP, KTM at 2.33
3. Helder Rodrigues, POR, Yamaha, at 5.05
4. Paolo Goncalves, POR, Honda at 9.10
5. Marc Coma, ESP, KTM, at 10.25

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Magical Hermunen storms to victory in Poland

After the hot temperatures of qualifying on Saturday the heavens opened during the night to leave the riders without an off-road section come Sunday. Added to that were drizzly conditions which would keep the riders on their toes.

At the start of S1GP Race 1 it was TM X-MAX Mauno Hermunen, who grabbed the holeshot but was quickly passed by HUSQVARNA Lukas HOELLBACHER and TM Racing Thomas CHAREYRE, but both riders fell in lap three handing the lead to the Championship leader Hermunen. Riding smooth and with confidence the Finn never put a wheel wrong and cruised to an easy win.

Behind him though things were a little more heated as HONDA L30 Ivan LAZZARINI, HONDA GAZZA IFG Asseri KINGELIN, KTM MTR Devon VERMEULEN and HONDA Freccia Teo MONTICELLI scrapped over second.
Lazzarini took advantage of the mistakes of HOELLBACHER and CHAREYRE to move into second and apart from two laps mid race where the Italian was passed by Vermeulen, was able to hold on to second behind Hermunen. Vermeulen ride a great race to place third with HOELLBACHER pushing through to fourth ahead of Teo MONTICELLI and Thomas Chareyre who lost major points to Hermunen with that sixth place finish.

What a race awaited the Polish fans in race 2. Mauno Hermunen took the holeshot from CHAREYRE but lap two saw both riders make a mistake handing the lead to Devon VERMEULEN as Hermunen fell to second, Chareyre dropped to 4th.Vermeulen continued to lead the world and as he did Hermunen fell again to fourth behind Teo MONTICELLI and LAZZARINI as Chareyre struggled in sixth.

As the race went on it looked as though Vermeulen would sneak his first win in the prier class but on the final lap he was denied by Hermunen who claimed a brilliant double race victory. Vermeulen was second and last years S2 Champion Asseri Kingelin was third. Lazzarini took fourth from HOELLBACHER and an out of sorts Chareyre came home sixth.

S1GP Race 1 Top Ten: 1. HERMUNEN Mauno (FIN-TM) 19:06.585; 2. LAZZARINI Ivan (ITA-Honda) 19:09.916; 3. VERMEULEN Devon (NED-KTM) 19:18.568; 4. HOLLBACHER Lukas (AUT-Husqvarna) 19:25.563; 5. MONTICELLI Teo (ITA-Honda) 19:25.575

S1GP Race 2 Top Ten: 1. Mauno HERMUNEN (FIN-TM) 19:19.596; 2. Devon VERMEULEN (NED-KTM) 19:20.666; 3. Asseri KINGELIN (FIN-Honda) 19:24.686; 4. Ivan LAZZARINI (ITA-Honda) 19:25.432; 5. Lukas HOLLBACHER (AUT-Husqvarna) 19:25.973

S1GP Overall Top Ten: 1. HERMUNEN Mauno (FIN-TM) points 50; 2. VERMEULEN Devon (NED-KTM) 42 p.; 3. LAZZARINI Ivan (ITA-Honda) 40 p.; 4. KINGELIN Asseri (FIN-Honda) 34 p.; 5. HOLLBACHER Lukas (AUT-Husqvarna) 34 p.

S1GP Championship Top Ten: 1. HERMUNEN Mauno (FIN-TM) points 188; 2. CHAREYRE Thomas (FRA-TM) 164 p.; 3. LAZZARINI Ivan (ITA-Honda) 158 p.; 4. HOLLBACHER Lukas (AUT-Husqvarna) 141 p.; 5. KEJMAR Pavel (CZE-Husqvarna) 130 p

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Paulo Goncalves tops the table of Sardinia Rally

Team HRC’s Paulo Goncalves achieved a noteworthy start to the Sardinia Rally Race, after finishing the special stage with a second place finish on the day, which turns the Portuguese rider into the rally’s overall leader.

The Sardinia Rally got off to a dream start for Team HRC with Paulo Goncalves establishing himself at the head of the leader-board. Although initially finishing in third place, penalizations favoured the Portuguese rider who was able to move up into second final position.

As had been previously anticipated, the first full stage was a demanding affair, full of navigation, which wound its way through narrow, rocky paths that proved a constant struggle to keep the bike under control. Nevertheless, the Portuguese rider astride the Honda CRF450, setting out from sixth starting position, was able to score a commendable time, finishing just six seconds adrift of Catalan Joan Pedrero after 160 kilometres of timed special. Paulo Goncalves now heads the overall table with a four-second gap over second place Armand Monleón.

Today, the Sardinia Rally will offer up a double special stage with 100.2 and 102.2 kilometres respectively, starting out again from Pula, but this time finishing in Fordongianus.

Paulo Goncalves:Today, the first stage went fairly well: I stayed focused throughout the special which was really tough to navigate. Here in Sardinia the track is really narrow and rock-filled and we went down a lot of paths where the bike only just made it through. But in the end it turned out well and everything went according to plan. The bike was running perfectly too after we fine-tuned the suspension. Tomorrow, I will push hard and do my best to keep it up.”

Results Stage 1
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap

1 PEDRERO Joan SPA Sherco Rally Factory Sherco 3:36’04.55
2 GONCALVES Paulo POR Team HRC Honda +6.0
3 MONLEON Armand SPA KTM Warsaw Rally Team KTM +9.0
4 COMA Marc SPA KTM Red Bull Rally Factory KTM +38
5 WALKNER Mathias AUT KTM Red Bull Rally Factory KTM +2’02

Provisional Standings after Stage 1
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 GONCALVES Paulo POR Team HRC Honda 3:37’56

2 MONLEON Armand SPA KTM Warsaw Rally Team KTM +4
3 COMA Marc SPA KTM Red Bull Rally Factory KTM +33
4 WALKNER Mathias AUT KTM Red Bull Rally Factory KTM +1’51
5 CERUTTI Jacopo ITA Honda RS Moto Honda +4’03

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Cluzel takes second win of the season

Jules Cluzel puts in another stellar performance on the Algarve circuit. On a track which is quite similar to Phillip Island in terms of morphology, difficulty and beauty, the Frenchman once again unleashed his riding skills, aided well by his MV Agusta F3 to repeat the success achieved in the first race of the season.

His feeling on the ups and downs of the track was clear from the practice sessions where he dominated to bring home pole position with 1’44.554, almost three tenths of a second ahead of Kenan Sofuoglu.

In the race Jules got off the line like a shot, putting distance between himself and the pack behind him – 1.06 in the opening lap of the race – led by the Hondas ridden by Jacobsen and Smith, whereas Sofuoglu’s Kawasaki was in fourth place and the second F3 RC ridden by Zanetti in eighth. In the second lap Jacobsen managed to get past Jules, but the American’s run lasted less than a lap with the Frenchman domineeringly taking back the race lead for another nine laps.

In the meantime the Turkish Kawasaki rider, making a full comeback, moved up behind his main rival for the title. Lorenzo Zanetti was also making a comeback, moving up into sixth place and setting his sights on Smith’s Honda. Sofuoglu made his move in the twelfth lap, moving into the lead.

Jules wasted no time responding, putting on a show with acrobatic moves to resist the Turkish rider’s forcing and to challenge him to a duel to the last lap.

Cluzel moved into the lead in the first braking section, only to be overtaken and then to finally deal the lethal blow just a few turns from the end, killing any chance the Turkish rider may have had for a comeback. Lorenzo Zanetti also did well, managing to bring home a fifth place finish ahead of Smith, improving steadily over the weekend.

At the end of the race a beaming Jules Cluzel had this to say: “It was a long race. I moved into the lead, they came back and I even had some problems with traction but today I was sure that I was fastest and I proved it.”

With this win Cluzel moves up to 110 points in the overall standings, lying second behind Sofuoglu who has 150.

1. Jules Cluzel

2. Kenan Sofuoglu
3. Patrick Jacobsen

FIM Supersport – World Championship Standings
1. Kenan Sofuoglu 150 points

2. Jules Cluzel 110 points
3. Patrick Jacobsen 95 points

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Four Wins in a row as Sofuoglu dominates Donington

Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) rode to his fourth win in four races by taking victory at the Donington Park round of the FIM Supersport World Championship.

In a fight with his main championship rival Jules Cluzel and British wild card Kyle Ryde in the early laps, Kenan Sofuoglu took the lead on lap four and then held a gap to eventual second place rider Cluzel, easing up at the flag to win by 0.891 seconds.

His fourth win of the year in his Ninja ZX-6R made it 31 race victories in his WSS career. Kenan is now a strong 45 points ahead of second placed Cluzel at the halfway point of the season.

Kenan Sofuoglu:“From the first day at Donington we were very strong and yesterday in the race simulation it looked like we had a good advantage. Today I was a little scared of the weather because it was quite cold. I had to be very careful on the entry of the left corners because it was not only a race to think about today, I am also riding for the championship. It was very important for me to stay on the bike. When I took the lead I looked behind and saw Cluzel. I tried to keep the distance to him, to be more relaxed. He had good pace but I think I had more if I needed it. I did not want to take any risks. I want to say a big thank you to Kawasaki and Puccetti Racing because this weekend we were very strong and we led almost all the sessions. You cannot ask any more than winning the races.”

Race – 1
1. K. Sofuoglu
2. J. Cluzel

3. K. Ryde

World Championship standings
1. K. SOFUOGLU KAWASAKI 130 points
2. J. CLUZEL MV AGUSTA 85 points

4. L. ZANETTI MV AGUSTA 70 points
5. G. REA HONDA 54 points

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