Kenan Sofuoglu’s season so far has been punctuated by many highs and a few lows but he has racked up an enviable run of statistics on the way to a lead that leaves only one potential rival for the championship now, Jules Cluzel.
Sofuoglu has scored eight podiums in total, four of which were wins, plus a pole position at Brno. After beating Cluzel last time out in Germany, Sofuoglu now only needs one more strong finish at Portimao to guarantee his third WSS title and his first for Kawasaki.
Sheridan Morais, Kenan’s Kawasaki Lorenzini team-mate, has the aim of securing his second podium finish of the 2012 season at Portimao, which is the circuit he first tested his current Ninja ZX-6R at after the end of last season.
Fabien Foret (Intermoto Step Racing) is out to consolidate his third place in the championship, having already won two races this year. The experienced French rider is four points ahead of Alex Lowes, and 16 behind his fellow countryman Cluzel. Romain Lanusse, Foret’s team-mate, is currently 16th.
Kenan Sofuoglu: “I am feeling good and ready for the next race. Hopefully if I can finish the race in Portugal without mistakes or problems then probably I can win the title. Before the last round I knew it was very important to win the race and I won it, so I met my goal there. I like the track at Portimao but I will have to see how it goes there on my Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R. I think, normally, without anything happening, that we should be able to make a top four finish. We will see how our weekend is shaping up on Friday when we get there. I just need to make the maximum points possible and try to win the championship there, and if not we will have to go forward to Magny-Cours.”
Sheridan Morais: “I rode Superstock 1000 for the Lorenzini team in 2011 and Portimao gave me my best result by far, a podium. All weekend we were really fast in dry conditions then, so clearly it is a very good place for me to race at and it is similar to the tracks in South Africa because it is up and down. Fortunately I was able to test the Kawasaki WSS bike there at the end of last season, in the official test sessions. I did a lot of laps on it. We have got quite a good set-up because we did manage to do quite a good lap times at the test, so we have a base set-up for Portimao. That should allow us to have a good start to theweekend. I would like to get podiums in the last two races. We were looking for top five ranking before the end of the year but the DNF at the previous round did mess that up a bit, so to finish top six would be a good overall finishing position.”