Kenan Sofuoglu regained some confidence on the Ten Kate Honda in the latest World Superbike round at Magny-Cours after recording his best result of the season.
The Turk, riding in France with several aches and pains brought on by his colossal accident just two weeks ago at Vallelunga, was one of the few riders to stay out of trouble in the first race to record a ninth place finish.
However, the result did take its toll on Sofuoglu, who admits he didn't have the strength to perform to a similar level in the second race.
“The way I was feeling before the weekend, I wasn't even sure I would be able to compete here with the amount of bruising I had after Vallelunga. After the first race, it was not so much the pain, but I was so tired, and that left me without any energy for race two. I have a month to recover now, and I want to finish the season on a high level in Portugal.”
Martin Bauer, meanwhile, had a disappointing debut with the Ten Kate team as he filled in for Ryuichi Kiyonari. Finishing just out of the points in the first race, a crash in the second meant he came away with no points to show for.
”I felt really confident going into race two, after we made the wrong tyre choice in the first race. I was behind Kenan in the second race and he went a little wide at the first right hander.
"I went inside him but lost the front in the corner and that was it. We went for a harder front tyre and maybe that was the problem. It's a shame that we didn't have some more dry laps in practice to find a better setting.
“Still, I have enjoyed my weekend – it's been a pleasure to work with such a professional team and I would like to thank them for all their work and to thank everybody else who made it possible.”