When Kawasaki Puccetti Racing’s Kenan Sofuoglu began his 2016 World Supersport journey to retain the title, things didn’t go too well.The 31-year-old Turkish rider crashed out of round one at Phillip Island while in the lead with three laps to go. But from there, three-time WSS Champion would claim three podiums – second in Thailand, a win at Motorland Aragon, and third in Assen.
The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R pilot’s podium streak continued at Imola this weekend, Sofuoglu earning another win after a race that was shortened due to a red flag. Sofuoglu earned the win at his team’s home round ahead of MV Agusta Reparto Corse’s Jules Cluzel and Honda World Supersport Team’s PJ Jacobsen.Heavy rain had fallen overnight, but the race track was dry. But a leak from the ZX-6R of the other Puccetti rider, Randy Krummenacher, caused a red flag, and Krummenacher was not able to restart.When the shortened race was restarted, Sofuoglu led all 11 laps, finishing 1.429 seconds ahead of Cluzel. This placed him in the World Supersport points lead with 86, 15 ahead of Krummenacher, and 28 ahead of Cluzel.“I really believe we deserve this result. It was a very, very good weekend for us as we were always fastest, even in the wet. Only in Superpole was I not the fastest but I was just one lap late with my final push. We did a good job today at the home race for the team in Italy,” Sofuoglu says.“I love Imola and I cannot say more because I am leading the championship again. We lost 25 points in Australia because of bad luck but this can happen in racing. Anyway we are back in the championship lead and I am very happy with today’s result.”MV Agusta’s Alex Baldolini finished in a lonely fourth, ahead of Kawasaki’s Alessandro Zaccone and MV Agusta’s Lorenzo Zanetti. Rounding out the top 1-0 were Kawasaki’s Ondrej Jezek, Honda’s Federico Caricasulo, Honda’s Ayrton Badovini and MV Agusta’s Nicolas Terol.The series now breaks for two weeks ahead of round five at Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia.
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This week’s episode features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the beautiful new Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST that is loosely based around the original FXRT Sport Glide from the 1980s. Hailing from The Golden State, these cult-status performance machines became known as West Coast style, with sportier suspension, increased horsepower, and niceties including creature comforts such as a tidy fairing and sporty luggage.
In past episodes you might have heard us mention my best friend, Daniel Schoenewald, and in the second segment I chat with him about some of the really special machines in his 170 or so—and growing—motorcycle collection. He’s always said to me that he doesn’t consider himself the owner, merely the curator of the motorcycles for the next generation.
Yet Daniel is not just a collector, but I can attest a really skilled rider. His bikes are not trailer queens, they’re ridden, and they’re ridden pretty hard. Actually, we have had many, many memorable rides on pretty much all of the machines in the collection at one time or another.
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