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Oct 2, 2012

Even More From This Past Weekend's Various Races

Danny Kelsey (1). Photo by Brandon Bones/Studio 819, courtesy of RPSRaceTeam.com.
Californian Anthony Alonso takes debut podium in the Monster Energy Motostar Cup series at Silverstone

BayAreaRidersForum.com racer Anthony Alonso traveled to the UK for his debut race at the historic Silverstone circuit where he took part in the penultimate round of the Monster Energy MotoStar 125GP Championship.

Anthony flew from Northern California on Monday afternoon and arrived in the UK on Tuesday. Iain Hutton, who was essential in arranging this trip, worked with SP125Racing.com's Steve Patrickson to have a half-day test at Mallory park to get Anthony acquainted with the new bike.

About the bike, Anthony said, "It's much faster than my bike. It revs very high, and where my bike stops pulling, this one keeps going."

Immediately after the test it was a quick dash to Silverstone where Anthony spent time chatting with the team and getting his registration for the weekend sorted.

Friday and Saturday were spent learning the track, bike and tires. In the US Anthony uses Pirelli Superbike Diablo Moto3 tires. "The track is very long, I only did around 8 or 9 laps per session Friday. I got better on Saturday but I made a couple of mistakes and qualified 16th.

"Sunday morning was very short, we only get 8 minutes, so I pushed hard right away. In the middle of the session I was 4th fastest and I ended 7th fastest," said Anthony.

The Monster Energy MotoStar 125GP race took place at 2:15 p.m. local time and saw Anthony get a great start. "I got a good start and tried to fight for position right away. It was awesome to battle with so many different riders. I caught up to the third group and got into a great fight. I kept getting passed by a 4-stroke on the exit of the straight and I had to do my best protect. The final lap was intense. It was the most intense lap of my life," said the young 14-year old.

For his efforts, Anthony was awarded the "hard-charger" award, which is given to the rider who makes up the most positions from his/her qualifying position in the race.

"I want to thank Bud, BARF Racing, Evolution Motorcycles, Iain, Steve and all of my 2012 sponsors for giving me this opportunity. Next week I'm going to Spain to try out for the MotoGP Rookies Cup and then back to the UK to contest the final round of the Monster Energy MotoStar Cup series," concluded Anthony.

To follow the adventure of this young man please visit www.bayarearidersforum.com or www.alonso.tv




More, from a press release issued by RPSRaceTeam.com:

Kelsey on pace at ECR

Georgetown, Texas rider Danny Kelsey overcame horrendous weather and tough competition to post two wins and claim the fastest lap of the weekend on his Michelin shod RPSRaceTeam.com GSXR-750 during the penultimate round of CMRA spring championship racing at Eagles Canyon Raceway in Denton, Texas. Kelsey continued his pursuit of retaining the CMRA #1 plate, several class championships, and set the fastest lap of the weekend with a 1:51.718 during the race weekend.

Friday practice started under looming skies. With forecasts changing by the hour, Kelsey put in some hard and fast laps uncharacteristically early as every "dry lap" may be the last until race day. Kelsey posted a 1:49.8 lap while testing new GP Suspension pistons designed for better traction over bumpy tracks (Texas can boast that nearly every track in the series qualifies as "bumpy"). The team also kept a close eye on the competition and it was quickly apparent that fellow Texan Ty Howard was ready for any assault that Kelsey may throw at him come Sunday from the observed lap times of Howard.

By mid-day Friday, heavy rains dominated the venue until Sunday morning. The rains were extremely heavy. Kelsey who shined last year at the CMRA races held in heavy rains at ECR was ready for the task of the racing conditions, but also reflected that, "every lap in this kind of weather is a real challenge. The amount of rain we received just makes every lap tricky." The team discussed tactics and strategy and Kelsey skipped Sunday morning practice with the exception of one sighting lap. With only 51 points separating Howard and Kelsey for the CMRA #1 plate, Kelsey and the team decided to play the first race of the day "safe" and then aggressively go after points in the last three races of the day.

The first race of the day was 750 Superstock. Kelsey holds a 21 point lead over Dustin Dominguez who was absent and 35 point lead over Derek Wagnon who is his closest "on-track" rival. Kelsey put the JRi Shocks equipped GSXR-750 into the lead early, but settled into 2nd place on lap two as he felt out the conditions during his first hard racing laps on the wet ECR surface. He would finish the race in the runner up spot as he extended his points lead to over 40 points in the class.

With some data from the first race, the team manager made some crucial changes to the shock to give maximum traction for the reigning CMRA Champion. Although Howard and Kelsey greatly respect each other and even shared their mutual concerns over the weather conditions during discussions before their races, they are both strong competitors on the track. With the Open Superstock race being the 2nd race of the day being the first of two "head to head" races with

Howard, Kelsey wanted to take advantage of any race to gain points on the current championship leader.

As the green flag dropped for Open Superstock, Kelsey started strong, but Howard emerged as the 1st lap leader. Kelsey was feeling out the new setup on the rear and despite giving up several seconds to Howard on the first lap and a half, Kelsey was ready to go after Howard and posted the fastest lap of the morning races held in rain with a 2:11.155 on lap 3. Kelsey was quickly closing on Howard and as the two riders were completing lap 4 Danny closed to within less than a half a second. As the riders emerged out of turn 8, Howard hit a tough patch of water and crashed his RC-8. With Kelsey closely behind Howard, he had to take drastic action to not hit Ty or his sliding RC-8. Although Kelsey nearly came to a stop, he resumed the race and won by over 30 seconds despite the incident. Howard was mostly unhurt. The finishing positions left the class championship up for grabs with a "winner take all" race now in the making for Kelsey and Howard for the final round at Texas World Speedway.

As the lunch break completed, the rain had slowed and the story of the afternoon would be how riders would adapt and equip their bikes on the drying track. Kelsey would choose to go to full DOT's for his next race Open Superbike, which was also the second "head to head" race with Howard. There would be a twist to the race though as Howard would be on his "back up bike" that he had to go drive to his house and pick up during lunch.

Kelsey blasted into the lead of Open Superbike and by turn 4 had over a 1 second lead on Howard. As Danny entered the Turn 6 area, catastrophe nearly struck as the RPSRaceTeam.com GSXR-750 went completely sideways and nearly high-sided Kelsey as he went off the track and into the deep mud. Despite the amazing save, Kelsey now was over 6 seconds behind Howard and still cleaning the mud off his tires as lap one completed. Danny remained undeterred though and started closing on Howard quickly. By lap 3 he was within 4 seconds of Howard. On lap 4 Kelsey closed to within 2 seconds of the leader. On lap 5 Kelsey put it on the line and caught Howard in the Turn 10 area momentarily as they were lapping a rider. Despite posting the fastest lap of the day (1:51.718) on the final lap, Kelsey came up 0.326 seconds short of the race win. Kelsey's lap was extremely impressive as there remained numerous wet patches and water running on the track.

The final race of the day for KMC Controls sponsored Kelsey was 750 Superbike where he started the day 2 points behind class leader Derek Wagnon. When the green flag dropped Kelsey put the hammer down and took the lead by nearly 3 seconds as lap one completed. Danny extended his lead to over 13 seconds on the final lap. The win sets up another "winner take all" showdown for Kelsey and Wagnon at Texas World Speedway as they are only separated by 3 points.

"It was great battling with Ty out there today. It was also pretty tough as any mistake could easily mean that you could be on the ground. It was a great weekend nonetheless. I was thinking several times that I had to slow down, but it is hard to do that when green flag drops", recounted Danny Kelsey. RPSRaceTeam.com would like to thank its sponsors KMC Controls, JRi Shocks, Motopiacafe.com, Komodo, Lone Star Track Days, GP Suspension, Dynojet, DP Brakes, LP Racing, Hotbodies, Arata, K's Motorsports, Vortex, WRW Racing, Sam's Cycle Salvage, Michelin, and Island Racing Services for their continued support. For more information about Danny Kelsey and RPSRaceTeam.com, please visit www.RPSRaceTeam.com.




More, from a press release issued by Honda:

MCE INSURANCE BRITISH SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP
ROUND 11 SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER SILVERSTONE

Weather: cloudy, dry.
Temperature: Ambient 14 degrees C / Track 17 degrees C
Attendance: 25,000 (weekend)

LOWES WINNING DOUBLE PUTS HIM INTO TITLE CONTENTION

Alex Lowes powered in an amazing dominant
performance in the penultimate round of the 2012
MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at
Silverstone to give himself a real chance of
taking the country's premier crown.

The WFR Honda rider continued his remarkable late
season rich vein of form as he charged into his
third pole start in the last four rounds, the
first had come at Cadwell Park in August when he
clinched his place in the Showdown, one of the
six elite riders who can contest the outcome of the country's premier crown.

Subsquently Lowes has racked up the points, but
his best came at the Northamptonshire Grand Prix
circuit where he took his first ever win in the
opening race, having overcome the severe
challenges of his fellow Title Fighter Michael
Laverty riding the Samsung Honda. Then Lowes
provided an action replay with a storming ride
that saw him snatch a last gasp, dramatic victory
over the former two times title winner, Kawasaki riding Shane Byrne.

In the first race Lowes took over at the front of
the pack from Laverty on the third lap and was
able to dictate terms from the front. The WFR
Honda rider had opted to run with the harder
compound tyres and made the most of them, while
Laverty who had worked hard across the weekend
with his team on a compromise setting to get the
best out of the generally faster softer compound tyres.

Laverty ran second till the final lap when Byrne
eased ahead of him, but Lowes had the victory,
running five seconds clear but next time out
Lowes had a fight on his hands as Byrne and
Laverty made the running at the sharp-end of the
pack. Lowes was always in contention, closing
them down to grab the lead on the ninth lap.
Shortly afterwards he held on as his bike swerved
wickedly out of line, but re-grouped to attack again.

Byrne looked to be on course for his sixth
victory of the season, but going through Woodcote
for the final time Lowes pulled off an audacious
move on the inside and then won the dash to the
line by 0.042 seconds. These results moved him
into third place in the standings 608-584 down on
Byrne with Suzuki's Josh Brookes, fourth and
third on the day, sandwiched in between on
599. Reigning champion Tommy Hill, twice seventh
after gambling on tyre choice lost ground slipping to fourth on 559 points

Padgett's Honda riders Luca Scassa and Ian Lowry
ran eighth and ninth in the opening race with
Samsung Honda's Jon Kirkham twelfth, but next
time out Scassa took sixth while Lowry and
Kirkham ran thirteenth and fourteenth.

Honda rider quotes:

Alex Lowes (WFR Honda):
Race results: 1st / 1st Championship position: 3rd
"I've loved every minute of it. The bike is
working well and I have worked hard. Last year
was a confidence killer for me, but this team has
stood by me. I didn't expect to win this season,
maybe I've had a bit of luck, but I have enjoyed
these races. I felt pretty good in the opener and
was really happy with the ride. We used the
harder tyre and we had no grip issues. In the
second race I was nearly off with two or three
laps to go, but fought back at Shakey Byrne and
managed to sneak up the inside of him at the last
corner and then turn more tightly. Ten years ago
he was my hero in World Superbikes and I was able
to pull that cheeky move on him I enjoyed that.
I just crept into the Showdown and it doesn't
seem right to be talking about the title, but I
will enjoy the final three races and what will be will be."

Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda):
Race results: 3rd / 5th Championship position: 5th
"In the opening race I took the early laps
cautiously, but it was good enough to hold on for
a podium. We had worked hard on the bike across
the weekend and compromised on settings to help
tyre wear so I am happy enough to be on the
podium after having such a dreadful time at
Assen. To be third is a bit of a relief to me. In
the second race I rode hard at the start, but
after five or six laps the grip went and that is
so frustrating. After Assen and the first race I
was really getting fed up with riding to protect
my tyres so I decided to give it a go, but had to settle for seventh."



RESULTS BRITISH SUPERBIKE

RACE1:
POS / RIDER / NAT / MOTORCYCLE / TIME / GAP
1 / Alex LOWES / GBR / Honda - Team WFR / 30:05.589 / /
2 / Shane BYRNE / GBR / Kawasaki - Rapid
Solicitors Kawasaki / 30:10.610 / 5.021 / 5.021
3 / Michael LAVERTY / GBR / Honda - Samsung Honda / 30:11.040 / 5.451 / 0.430
4 / Josh BROOKES / AUS / Suzuki - Tyco Suzuki / 30:14.026 / 8.437 / 2.986
5 / James WESTMORELAND / GBR / Honda - Team WFR / 30:14.305 / 8.716 / 0.279
6 / Tommy BRIDEWELL / GBR / BMW - Supersonic
Racing Team / 30:15.082 / 9.493 / 0.777
7 / Tommy HILL / GBR / Yamaha - Swan Yamaha / 30:17.471 / 11.882 / 2.389
8 / Luca SCASSA / ITA / Honda - Padgetts Honda / 30:19.482 / 13.893 / 2.011
9 / Ian LOWRY / GBR / Honda - Padgetts Honda / 30:19.713 / 14.124 / 0.231
10 / Chris WALKER / GBR / Kawasaki - Pr1mo
Bournemouth Kawasaki Racing / 30:25.096 / 19.507 / 5.383
11 / Robbin HARMS / DEN / Honda - Doodson
Motorsport / 30:27.392 / 21.803 / 2.296
12 / Jon KIRKHAM / GBR / Honda - Samsung Honda / 30:29.171 / 23.582 / 1.779
13 / Karl HARRIS / GBR / Kawasaki - Quattro Plant
Kawasaki Superbike Team / 30:30.558 / 24.969 / 1.387
14 / Peter HICKMAN / GBR / BMW - Buildbase BMW
Motorrad / 30:33.153 / 27.564 / 2.595
15 / Patric MUFF / SUI / BMW - Supersonic Racing
Team / 30:41.309 / 35.720 / 8.156

Fastest lap: Tommy BRIDEWELL GBR BMW - Supersonic
Racing Team Lap 3 2:07.940 166.07 Km/h


RACE2:
POS / RIDER / NAT / MOTORCYCLE / TIME / GAP
1 / Alex LOWES / GBR / Honda - Team WFR / 29:59.702 /
2 / Shane BYRNE / GBR / Kawasaki - Rapid
Solicitors Kawasaki / 29:59.744 / 0.042
3 / Josh BROOKES / AUS / Suzuki - Tyco Suzuki / 30:00.218 / 0.516
4 / Tommy BRIDEWELL / GBR / BMW - Supersonic Racing Team / 30:03.827 / 4.125
5 / Michael LAVERTY / GBR / Honda - Samsung Honda / 30:05.034 / 5.332
6 / Luca SCASSA / ITA / Honda - Padgetts Honda / 30:09.428 / 9.726
7 / Tommy HILL / GBR / Yamaha - Swan Yamaha / 30:10.340 / 10.638
8 / Chris WALKER / GBR / Kawasaki - Pr1mo
Bournemouth Kawasaki Racing / 30:10.828 / 11.126
9 / James WESTMORELAND / GBR / Honda - Team WFR / 30:16.474 / 16.772
10 / Peter HICKMAN / GBR / BMW - Buildbase BMW Motorrad / 30:18.493 / 18.791
11 / Barry BURRELL / GBR / BMW - Buildbase BMW Motorrad / 30:18.576 / 18.874
12 / Jakub SMRZ / CZE / Aprilia - Splitlath Redmond / 30:22.473 / 22.771
13 / Ian LOWRY / GBR / Honda - Padgetts Honda / 30:24.577 / 24.875
14 / Jon KIRKHAM / GBR / Honda - Samsung Honda / 30:25.160 / 25.458
15 / Noriyuki HAGA / JPN / Yamaha - Swan Yamaha / 30:26.388 / 26.686

Fastest lap: Alex LOWES GBR Honda - Team WFR Lap 3 2:07.652 166.44 Km/h

CHAMPIONSHIP POSITIONS TO DATE:
1 BYRNE 608, 2 BROOKES 599, 3 LOWES 584, 4 HILL 566, 5 LAVERTY 559,
6 BRIDEWELL 544, 7 WESTMORELAND 159, 8 HAGA 139, 9 LOWRY 131,
10 WALKER 131, 11 EASTON 111, 12 KIRKHAM 99, 13 SEELEY 95,
14 SCASSA 73, 15 GOWLAND 69.

NEXT EVENT: ROUND12 OCTOBER 14 BRANDS HATCH




More, from a press release issued by Team Suzuki News Service:

Josh Brookes will enter the final round of this year's British Superbike Championship just nine points behind main rival Shane Byrne after taking a race two podium in third place yesterday at Silverstone.

GSX-R1000 mounted Brookes made a tyre and strategy change after taking fourth place in race one, then proceeded to get involved in a race-long dogfight with his fellow Showdown contenders in the second encounter.

It was the Australian's 17th podium of the 2012 BSB season and he has high hopes of success as the season enters the final stretch at Brands Hatch on October 13-14th. His team-mate Alastair Seeley missed out on the points at Silverstone but made progress with set-up that should see him end the season positively at the Brands Hatch Triple-Header, where he was on the podium at round one.

Super Middleweight World Champion boxer Carl Froch and broadcaster Andy Kershaw joined the team as guests for the event. Nigel Bell was also very much on all team members' minds on Sunday; the Moneymore businessman, who was a personal friend to many in the team, sadly passed away on Saturday evening.

Josh Brookes:

"We made a change of tyre to the SC2 for the second race and despite plenty of overtaking at the front I wasn't able to convert that into the win. I got screwed over a bit at the start of the second race and it cost me time, but when I did get to the front with Shakey and Alex Lowes, every time I made a pass it was tough to make it stick and they came back past me. I'm disappointed not to have taken a win but nine points behind is nothing with seventy five up for grabs at Brands."

Alastair Seeley:

"I really enjoyed the first race dice with Nori Haga and learned a lot from him. He has so much experience and once I was behind him he was an expert at defending his lines. Despite not taking points I've enjoyed my racing this weekend and I'm looking forward to Brands now, where I believe the real Alastair Seeley can turn up and put on a good show to end the year on a high."

In the National 1000cc Superstock class, young American PJ Jacobsen kept his podium run going, narrowly losing out on a second successive 'Stock victory after making a small mistake on the final lap. He was just 5/ 100ths-of-a-second down on race winner Lee Costello after 11 pulsating laps.

PJ Jacobsen:

"I'm kicking myself for running deep into the turn just a few from home on the last lap. I'll be thinking about that for a week, but Lee rode well and deserved his win. It was great to be back on the GSX-R1000 and get it spinning up out of the turns and I enjoyed the Silverstone circuit more and more with every session. I would have liked to give the team a third successive win, but it's another podium and a good show for Suzuki and the GSX-R1000."

Philip Neill - Team Manager:

"As a team we competed all day with heavy hearts after losing a great friend of the Tyco Suzuki team in Nigel Bell on Saturday night. It was a tough weekend all round and although we were in the mix, we have to admit we didn't quite have the package to take the wins in BSB. Nine points is not a massive uphill task and changes little for Brands: we still have to go out and win races, which we fully expected we'd have to do regardless. The boys all did a great job and PJ proved he's human by making a small mistake, which undoubtedly cost him the win. In saying that it was another new track for him and he acquitted himself admirably and proved why the new GSX-R1000 is a more-than capable machine in the Superstock class."

British Superbike Standings [three races remaining at Brands Hatch]: 1 Shane Byrne [Kawasaki] 608 pts, 2 Josh Brookes [Tyco Suzuki] 599, 3 Alex Lowes [Honda] 584, 4 Tommy Hill [Yamaha] 566, 5 Michael Laverty [Honda] 559, 6 Tommy Bridewell [BMW] 544.




More, from a press release issued by Bel-Ray:

Bel-Ray Weekend Racing Wrap-Up- October 1, 2012

The 2012 MotoGP series continued this weekend in Spain with Bel-Ray sponsored Team Aspar in action.

MotoGP

The Power Electronics Aspar duo of Randy DePuniet and Aleix Espargaro have been fighting a battle each event for the top position in the CRT category. Coming into Aragon, DePuniet held the advantage by a slim three-point margin. Following Aragon, his lead is now two points. Both racers battled back and forth throughout the race with Espargaro gaining the upper hand in a race that went down to the wire. Espargaro was tenth at the checkered flag followed by DePuniet in eleventh. With only four rounds remaining this season, each point gained is an advantage. The competition for the top CRT racer is likely to be decided at the season's final round.

Espargaro was pleased with the weekend's results: "I am very happy. Today both my brother and I won our own personal races, so it has been a great day. We have to continue to be just as focused, because shortly we will have three races in a row to contend with. I hope that in Valencia, when the season finishes, that we can be five times as happy because of winning the CRT title. Beating my teammate is never easy, and today was no exception because it was a tough race right to the flag. I pushed my hardest for the entire race, but there was no way of passing Randy (DePuniet) beforehand. On the final two laps I had to close in on him and put it all on the line. Maybe today's result is the hardest fought of the entire season so far. I love having a rival like Randy and I love the team spirit that we have. When I joined Power Electronics Aspar I knew what he could do. We are rather far ahead of the other CRTs, which show that we are doing very well. I wasn't expecting anything less."

DePuniet spoke about the race with his teammate following the event: "On the start I was a little blocked in, which is normal when you take off from the fifth row. Luckily I moved up positions quickly, and soon I was the top CRT. I pushed hard to open up a gap, with (Jonathan) Rea ahead of me to use as a reference. However, at the halfway point I nearly crashed on turn thirteen and I lost the initial advantage. Aleix (Espargaro) and I exchanged numerous passes and (Karel) Abraham also got ahead of me. We rode as a trio as we passed one another, but I knew that Aleix would push again. He passed me on the corkscrew-imitation series of corners, I tried to get alongside him on the outside and I ran slightly wide. That was when I lost touch with him and couldn't keep up. It is a shame, because the little mistake that I made affected me a lot. I am still happy, because it was a very interesting race."

Moto2

The Bel-Ray sponsored Mapfre Aspar team of Jordi Torres and Nico Terol came to Aragon hoping to recover from a disappointing showing at the previous round in Valencia. Torres scored his best result of the season with an eighth place finish while teammate Terol also rebounded with a thirteenth place.

Despite a strong qualifying performance that saw him start from fifth on the grid, Torres was as far back as sixteenth at one point during the event. On lap seven he found his pace and came back through the field to take his final result. Teammate Terol also struggled in the early laps but fought his way back to thirteenth by the checkered flag.

Torres was happy with his performance and spoke about it following the event: "On the opening laps I was unable to defend my position very well, as I still don't know the limits of the Dunlop tires. I was then capable of putting down a fast pace and increasing it with every lap. My handicap was not going as fast on the first few laps. The mechanics worked to perfection once again this weekend and put a lot of graft in. The bike was fantastic and perfectly adapted to my riding style. I am still lacking a little bit of experience with these tires and I still need to learn how to make a fast getaway, as well as how to set off with a fast pace. That penalized me today and I hope to improve this for Japan."

Terol was also pleased with his Aragon results and is looking forward to the next event in Japan: "On the opening laps I was a little off. I didn't feel as comfortable as I would have liked. Despite that, I am happy with my race pace. (Thomas) Luthi overtook me and I should have responded, as it became the key to the race. I was boxed in and the group behind me caught up, riding a tenth or so faster and leaving me behind. I am satisfied with how I maintained my high pace from the midway point on, and I am convinced that if I can be more active on the opening laps I can soon be a leading rider. I have to adapt to circumstances and learn how to pass people back wherever I am. Riding like the frontrunners from halfway through the race onwards is no use, because they escape at the start. I have to improve this. I leave Aragón very happy, because we took a big step forward in terms of pace. I hope that this continues in Japan."

Moto3

Bel-Ray sponsored Team Aspar racer Jonas Folger continued his excellent results in Aragon with a third place finish. The talented German racer was the fastest in the qualifying session on Saturday but made a small mistake early in the race and lost touch with the leaders. He would catch up and challenge for the lead, eventually settling in for his third place finish.

Teammate Luca Amato made his Moto3 World Championship debut with a twentieth place finish.

"When I saw that I had made a good start, I tried to push hard to escape. However, it wasn't possible. An enormous lead group was formed and you couldn't lose focus for a second. I made some mistakes braking and I lost touch with the leaders at one point. Luckily I was able to maintain concentration and join back up with them," said Folger following the race. "It was a very tough race, but I was expecting that. I was able to pass Sandro (Cortese) at the end and slot into second, but he got me back on the straight. Third place is positive, because we are back on the podium. The most important thing is the great job that the team is doing, which is making us more competitive with every session."

Amato spoke about his debut and the challenges associated with the jump to world championship racing: "The race went well, despite our feeling with the bike not being perfect. It is clear that everything is new for me and I need more races to get used to this bike. The Kalex/KTM is very different to the bike that I usually ride in the CEV. I placed twentieth, had a few problems with stability on the chicanes but had an engine that worked perfectly it was very fast. I am very happy with this opportunity and to have finished my first World Championship race. I want to thank the sponsors and the team for this chance and I hope to continue learning in the next few races."

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More, from a press release issued by Motonation:

SUPERSPORT KENAN SOFUOGLU WORLD CHAMPION WITH SIDI

Third World title for the Turkish rider. The Sidi Vortice boot is with him.

For the Sidi colors 2012 has really been a year to remember in motosports, off road as much as on the track. After victories in the world of motocross in the men's field with Tony Cairoli and in the women's world with Kiara Fontanesi now from the track Sidi has claimed another prestigious trophy for our collection. That would be Kenan Sofuoglu's World title in the Supersport class. This success has even come one race before the end of the World series; in fact the last act will take place on Sunday, October 7 in Magny Cours, France. Thanks to the second place he garnered on the Portuguese circuit in Portimao, in the second-to-last race, the Turkish pilot was crowned World Supersport Champion for the third time in his career, the first as a pilot for team Kawasaki Lorenzini. These are record numbers for the ace from Adapazari, the undisputed leader in World Supersport in terms of victories (21 total), trips to the podium (no less than 48 out of 68 races) and now even World titles, a whopping three (2007, 2010, 2012).

Kenan Sofuoglu and Sidi are a winning partnership. On his victorious rides throughout the season and all the way to his triumph on the highest step of the World Championship podium, Sofouglu was wearing Sidi Vortice boots, the number one footwear for speed and track.