Kawasaki Supersport champion
The title of Supersport world champion can no longer escape one of the two Kawasaki riders. With two races to go, Kenan Sofuoglu is on the inside track to take a fifth crown.
After winning another pole position on Saturday afternoon, Kenan Sofuoglu no doubt thought he’d take the top step of the podium on Sunday at the Magny-Cours circuit to win his fifth world championship title.
I started in the lead and rode without really forcing myself, I increased the lead over my opponents, and then in the twelfth lap I fell without understanding why. Fortunately I still have two races in which to clinch my fifth title.
Fifth on the finish line after pointing in twelfth position early in the race, Randy Krummenacher is keeping the suspense alive. In Superbike, Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes rode neck and neck in the two races of the weekend. The first took place on a drying track which forced both Kawasaki riders, starting with rain tires, to change tires along the way. Sykes managed to take third place on the podium while Rea had to settle for fourth. On Sunday afternoon, Jonathan took his revenge by beating his teammate. The two Kawasaki riders mounted together on the podium in a race won by Chaz Davies as the day before.
Despite his Did Not Finish, Kenan Sofuoglu keeps his 42-point lead over Randy Krummenacher. Since the championship leader also has a 55-point lead over Jules Cluzel, the title of Supersport world champion can no longer escape one of the two Kawasaki riders. In Superbike, 48 points separate Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes just before the French round of the World Superbike Championship. Tom Sykes has a 33-point lead over Chaz Davies.
After the World SBK and the World SSP 600, here’s the World SSP 300! This is the new competition that will take place next year in the Superbike world championship calendar alongside the premier-class and intermediate-class categories. Like Moto3 in relation to MotoGP, the World SSP category will be reserved for young riders and new 300 cm3 sports bikes that most manufacturers develop today, especially for the South-East Asian market. Kawasaki will be able to enter their Ninja 300 two-cylinder with a minimum weight limit of the order of 140 kg.
This new competition for riders aged 15 and older has been designed to find new talent. We also want the SSP 300 category to develop in all of the national championships, and not only in emerging countries.
President of the International Motorcycling Federation
For the manufacturers, this new World SSP 300 category will obviously serve as a reservoir with the creation of genuine career pathways.
It means we’ll have an affordable series for young riders with a real lift to the Superbike class.
Executive Director of the World SBK