Kenan Sofuoglu could be celebrating the 2012 World Supersport Championship title as early as this weekend should fortune favour him at the Nurburgring.
The Turk heads into the German round with a comfortable 33 point buffer over Jules Cluzel, 35 points over Sam Lowes and 45 points over Fabien Foret, a margin that could see him leave the Nurburgring clutching his third career title.
Indeed, with only 75 points up for grabs over the next three rounds, should Sofuoglu score at least 17 points more than Cluzel, Lowes or Foret at the Nurburgring, he will be crowned once again.
Even so, while Sofuoglu's hopes of an early title win may need to be helped by misfortune for each of those riders to finish eighth or lower, another good result will at least put him well in position for the penultimate event at Magny-Cours.
“The Moscow race was a good step for me,” he said. “We lost some points in previous races but got them back at the Moscow round. I was happy to win that race and to take good points for the championship, but there are still three more races to go, including Germany. I believe in my bike and going to the Nürburgring there are fast corners and uphill sections, which are good for our machine.
“On the power is where the Kawasaki is very strong. The weather forecast looks good too and if I have dry weather in Friday it will help me set-up the bike for the race. I have never raced there on the Kawasaki so we need to find a good combination between the racetrack and the bike. I think there is one more race where I have to push hard to try and win and then afterwards maybe we can start to think about points. But, as always, it is difficult to speak before Friday and Saturday, because first you have to see how everything works on track.
“I started to race at home in Turkey but I moved to Germany when I stepped up to European level. Of course the German race gives a good feeling to me because there are many Turkish people who live in Germany. Hopefully I can win the race there.”
If Sofuoglu wraps up the title this weekend, it will mark his third WSS crown after similar success in 2007 and 2010. Perhaps more significantly though, it will be Kawasaki's first world championship success since Andrew Pitt won in 2001.