5 September 2007
Preview - EuroSpeedway Lausitz.
Talented Italian rider Roby Rolfo, Toseland's Hannspree Ten Kate Honda team-mate, will be out for his first podium of the year at Lausitz, Max Neukirchner riding for Suzuki Germany is ninth overall going into his only home race of the year, and the pre-Lausitz top ten is completed by the aforementioned Kagayama. Behind the top ten the roll of talented riders continues unabated, with privateer Michel Fabrizio on the DFX Corse bike, having scored a podium again this year, in 11th. Former championship challenger Regis Laconi on the PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse is now leading his Kawasaki team-mate Fonsi Nieto, Jakub Smrz riding the Caracchi Ducati is 14th and 15th placed rider, Shinichi Nakatomi riding for the Yamaha YZF Team is ready to score more points.
A couple of old faces re-appear on new bikes for Lausitz, as Karl Muggeridge is joined in the Alto Evolution squad by former WSS race winner Yoann Tiberio, and a man rapidly earning he title 'Super-sub' - Steve Martin - replaces the still-injured Alessandro Polita in the Celani Suzuki team. Luca Morelli on the DFX Honda Corse and Dean Ellison riding the Pedercini Ducati complete the regular roll call of riders, with Martin Bauer riding for Holzhauer Racing Promotion and Jiri Drazdak on the Yamaha Junior Pro SBK Team providing some one-off wildcard spice.
After Brands Hatch Kenan Sofuoglu on the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda was crowned 2007 World Supersport champion, and it is fitting that his adopted country of German is the venue for the first stop of his whistle-stop championship celebration. Sofuoglu moved to Germany from his native Turkey to further his career, and he can be sure of many supportive fans in the Lausitz grandstands - and they can be sure that Sofuoglu will be keen to take more wins to underline a stellar year.
The battle for second in the championship is still on, with Fabien Foret on the GIL Kawasaki attempting to keep his 39-point lead over Katsuaki Fujiwara on the Althea Honda, and who won at Lausitz in 2002, while simultaneously resisting challenges from the ever-competitive Robbin Harms on the Stiggy Motorsports Honda and Brands Hatch race winner, Broc Parkes for the Yamaha World Supersport Team.
Other riders to look out for include Joshua Brookes riding for Stiggy Motorsports Honda, Massimo Roccoli on the Yamaha Lorenzini by Leoni, Barry Veneman for Pioneer Hoegee Suzuki and Craig Jones on the Revè Ekerold Honda - and maybe 2005 and 2006 champion Sebastien Charpentier for Hannspree Ten Kate Honda, who went pole at Brands Hatch, only to be excluded from the final results. Last time there is was Sofuoglu who picked up the race win.
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