Courtesy of KRT – Kawasaki Racing Team
Kyle Ryde secured eighth place after a dramatic 16-lap WorldSSP race at Motorland Aragon and is ranked fourth in the championship points as a result. Reigning FIM Supersport World Championship Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was taken out of the race on lap eight after another rider highsided in front of him. He escaped any significant injury.
Kyle Ryde, who had opted for the soft front race tyre, was riding on his own behind the leading group at half race distance and ended up on his own at the end of 16-laps, six seconds ahead of the next nearest rider. He scored points for the third race in succession.
Sofuoglu was in fourth position early in the race, leading the second group, before easing his pace to wait for the last few laps to make his final plan. Another rider highsided in front of him, however, and Kenan was collected by the prone machine, getting roughly dumped onto the asphalt. Despite hurting his back Kenan did not re-injure his right thumb and he will be ready for the next round.
Kyle is fourth in the championship after three rounds, still the leading Kawasaki rider. Kenan has yet to score after missing the first two rounds through injury.
The next round takes place at Assen in the Netherlands, with raceday on Sunday April 30th.
Kenan Sofuoglu, stated: “It is a long time off the bike for me and right now, back in racing, I cannot say I was confident to pull a gap on everybody. I decided to follow some riders but when I saw that they all thought they were on the last lap, last corner – even at the beginning of the race – I let four or five people go into the lead. It was a long race so I was saving my tyre and riding in the right way. Then even more slow riders started attacking me so I moved a little bit closer to the front group. But, one of these riders made a mistake and took me out of the race. To finish up like that hurts because this is not something we deserved. I am sad for my team but I had a lot of practice this weekend and got some confidence back. My thumb is no problem. I hurt my back, and it still hurts now, but nothing is broken.”
Kyle Ryde, stated: “It was a good race to go from 18th to eighth. I had an issue with the front but after half race distance I was only three seconds from the first. It was positive. I was lucky three or four riders fell but I have to keep finishing the races as well. I am still fourth in the championship too. We have to make the Friday of the next race better so I can get into Superpole two and have a better race result.”
Michael Canducci (Puccetti Racing Junior Team FMI Kawasaki) was the top Kawasaki finisher, fifth today, while Rob Hartog (Team Hartog Jenik Against Cancer Kawasaki) was 12th, scoring good points. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) and Kazuki Watanabe (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) finished 14th and 15th respectively at Motorland.
At his home round Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) was 18th, Peter Sebestyen (SSP Hungary by Pedercini Racing) was 19th and Lachlan Epis (Response RE Racing Kawasaki) 20th. Gino Rea (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) was unable to finish the race. One-off Aragon rider Nasser Al Malki (Qatar National Team Kawasaki) placed 25th.