WSS: Sofuoglu making progress with new bike

Kenan Sofuoglu will start the fourth round of the World Supersport Championship from the front row of the grid as he continues to grow accustomed his revised Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR – unlike team-mate Andrew Pitt, who starts tenth.

Having made their debut with the 2009 specification bike, which won in Qatar in the hands of Parkalgar's Eugene Laverty, at Valencia, both Sofuoglu and Pitt have admitted to problems getting it well set-up.

Of the two riders, 2007 champion Sofuoglu has been the more successful, proving a consistent front runner at Assen, even if he has not had the pace to match Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow and Kawasaki's Joan Lascorz.

Nonetheless, he starts as Honda's best representative in third, a position he says he can work with come the race.

“My main problem has been the combination of corners after the back straight where it's difficult to turn the bike – it's costing me about half a second, which is almost the difference between me and pole position. But Crutchlow is very strong, so it will be a big fight tomorrow.

“At least I am on the front row, which gives me the best chance to win again. I am very positive about our chances but, like every Supersport race, there will be a long battle for victory.”

Although he says he is feeling more confident on the bike, reigning champion Pitt was still forced to put in a last gasp lap to haul him up to tenth position from a possible 17th.

“We've definitely made some progress since Valencia, but I'm still finding it difficult to hold a line while turning the bike on the throttle. Before I went out for that final push I was lying in about P17, I think, and I was pretty much right on the limit through the whole lap.

“We've been trying everything to make it easier to do the time, but it's not there yet, and we've had a couple of electronic glitches, too. But we'll have a couple of things to try in the morning and they will hopefully point us in the right direction.”

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