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Sofuoglu ‘trying to get confidence back’

Kenan Sofuoglu insists he is working hard to rediscover his 'confidence' on the Kawasaki after missing the podium at Misano.
Kenan Sofuoglu insists he is working hard to get his 'confidence back' on the MAHI Kawasaki as another lacklustre performance at Misano leaves him almost out of World Supersport title contention just half way into the year.

Though the Turk has been predominantly hampered by costly technical issues at times in 2014, he has nonetheless also been consistently out-performed by the likes of Michael van der Mark and Jules Cluzel on the PATA Honda and MV Agusta respectively.

Eager to recover some ground from his rivals in Misano, where he was a winner the last time WSS raced there in 2012, Sofuoglu began brightly from the second row but would gradually fade to finish off the podium into fourth.

Though good points in isolation, he has nonetheless lost more points to the leaders and with the first half of the 2014 season over he is now 68 points adrift of the overall lead.

“The race result disappointed me because my race pace was quite good even if earlier in the weekend I did not have such a good feeling on the front, as we had a chattering problem.

“We had an improvement with that in the race and in the last sector it was better than it had been all weekend. In the race it seems when we found something in that area we missed out a little in another area.

“I had a bit of a corner entry issue all through the race and the others were faster. I tried my best to stay with them but it was clear they could go faster than me. Now, step-by-step, the team is improving the bike and the settings but I cannot say I am on good form at the moment. I am trying my best to get my confidence back but for sure we are fighting to get a good result.”


Tagged as: Sofuoglu , Kawasaki , WSS

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alicihat

June 25, 2014 11:14 AM

Sofuoglu is demoralised so much after almost 4 technical problems out of 5 races and he simply the fastest on the track we saw that he was the fastest almost every race except assen, v d mark was better just in assen, so sofuoglu trying to get his confidence back but it's too late he knows that and he is a racer who can get confidence with just winning and winning.. by the way, honda and mv agusta is the best bikes on the grid, kawasaki just improved 2-3 hp from their 2011 model bike and honda just improved their new bike to 8-10 hp from second half of last season. this is obvious now kawasaki's are slower on the straights also everyone knows that they have less cornering ability cause of hard chassis, anyway i hope kawasaki will improve their bike and try to keep sofuoglu in their team because sofuoglu deserves obviously a better bike, thats it.. #forza 54.



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