After winning in Spain, Kenan Sofuoglu has become the first Kawasaki rider to win a world championship this season. The Japanese manufacturer has also already secured both the manufacturer’s title in the Superbike and Supersport categories.
Although he thought he’d win the title at Magny-Cours, because of an unfortunate fall Kenan Sofuoglu was forced to wait a while to achieve his aim. The Kawasaki rider caught up the lost time by winning masterfully in Spain. This success, the 38th of his career in Supersport, gives him his fifth world champion title. In Superbike, Jonathan Rea is right next to winning a new crown. In Jerez, the title-holder made it twice to the podium, as did Tom Sykes. The two riders shared the second and third places in the weekend’s races, both won by Chaz Davies.
This means Kenan Sofuoglu won’t have to wait for the last race in Qatar to win his fifth title as World Supersport champion. The win in Jerez makes it the Turkish rider’s third title riding for Kawasaki. Randy Krummenacher was the only one who was still capable of posing a problem. But a fall early in the race when he was in the lead ruined the Swiss rider’s last hopes, leaving him now only three points ahead of Jules Cluzel. In Superbike, Jonathan Rea now leads Tom Sykes by forty-eight points. The reigning world champion only needs two points to keep his crown.
Kenan Sofuoglu was not the only one to be crowned champion in Jerez. The first race of the World Superbike weekend in Andalusia was all the Kawasaki rider needed to take the manufacturers’ world championship title, even before obtaining the same consecration in the Supersport category.
A just reward for the work done by the whole team and the performance of our two excellent riders.
Manager of Kawasaki Racing Europe
This year, with one more race still to run in Qatar, the ZX-10R has already scored fourteen victories. Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes have also made it to the podium thirty-eight times, eight times in a twin-win for the Kawasaki team.
We can be proud of what we have accomplished, winning the title in the first season with a new model demonstrates how it well it works.
A good sign for future times, because as Tom Sykes says:
We are still far from exploiting the full potential of our new machine.
An early warning for Kawasaki’s Team Green opponents next season.