Hannspree Ten Kate Honda rider Kenan Sofuoglu has broken his left ankle in a motocross training accident in Turkey, but is determined to return to track action at the World Supersport pre-season test at Portimao in Portugal at the end of this month.
Sofuoglu was training on a motocross bike in the hills near his home in Turkey when his left foot caught in the ground and was severely twisted. A subsequent X-ray confirmed the fracture.
“I was just riding in the hills,” explained the 25-year-old from Adapazari in northern Turkey, “because we don’t really have motocross tracks here. The doctors said it would normally require six weeks in plaster but I am sure it can be faster than that. It’s certainly not three months like I have read on some websites!”
“Unfortunately, it is my left ankle, which is my gear change foot” continued Sofuoglu. “We had a good test at Valencia in December and it’s very important for the 2010 season that we get some more testing time before the season begins, so I will be working really, really hard to be fit for the test.”
Infront Motor Sports wishes to announce that there will be a new World Superbike Event Schedule starting from the 2010 season.
In a spirit of constant consultation with teams and other interested parties, a few changes have been made in the different classes, which are as follows:
In the Superbike class, the Superpole format has been slightly modified to Superpole 1 (14 minutes), Superpole 2 (12 minutes), Superpole 3 (10 minutes), with the 7 minute break between them remaining. The break between the end of free practice and the beginning of the Superpole has now been extended to 25 minutes from 15 minutes.
In Supersport one extra qualifying session has been added at 5pm on Friday afternoon on a request from teams, and the race on Sunday has been moved forward by 5 minutes to 13.30 on a request from TV stations.
In Superstock 1000 one qualifying session has been added at 3pm on Friday afternoon, as requested by the teams.
Finally the Superstock 600 race has been moved to Saturday afternoon at 6pm. There are now two qualifying sessions and one free practice session for this class.
In addition, starting from the 2010 season, the official timing will have an extra intermediate split in every circuit.
2009 European Superstock 600 Champion Gino Rea tested Racing Team Germany’s Moto2 bike in Almeria in southern Spain on Wednesday.
The British rider adapted quickly to the new machine, which is built by Buckingham-based FTR, and ran impressive times along with Racing Team Germany’s already signed rider Arne Tode.
Rea said: “I managed to get some laps on the FTR Moto 2 bike when instructing at Almeria with Racedays. It only had a stock CBR600 engine in it so the power wasn’t so special, but it was really loud, like a MotoGP bike.
“The bike definitely has potential. It’s very light, which makes it quick to turn and easy to throw around.
“After only a short time, the lap times were good and it’s nice to ride. It will be very interesting to see what happens with the development over the winter period.
“I’d like to say thanks to Gerry Bryce from Racedays and Steve at FTR.”
Rea plans to race in either World Supersport or Moto2 next year.
You couldn’t even plan this better if you had to do it again. The Yamaha Grand Slam bagged 3 World Championships on 1 day. An incredible achievement to win any of the 3 Championships but Yamaha nailed all three. This goes to show that the Yamaha organization has its act together and really is dominating across the board.
What an amazing feat by riders and teams for all three race series. 2010 will shake things up in all three championships as Ben Spies will move to MotoGP and Cal Crutchlow moves up to World Superbike taking Ben Spies ride. This will change the dynamics of all the three different championships and will provide a new start for Yamaha again next year. Stay tuned.
World Championship 1 Valentino Rossi seals the MotoGP Championship and his 9th career championship
World Championship 2 Rookie Ben “Elbowz” Spies sets a record with most amount of superpoles in one season and takes home the World Superbike Championship (First Yamaha World Superbike Title)
World Championship 3 Cal Crutchlow Finishing up front all season Cal dominated the World Supersport series
The FIM has released a provisional calendar for the 2010 World Superbike and Supersport Championship.
The main news is that Qatar’s Losail circuit, present on the WSBK schedule since 2005, has been dropped.
All other 13 venues remain, with no new additions, although Valencia and Imola are still ‘to be confirmed’ and, in the case of Imola, ‘subjected to homologation’.
Although the season will once again begin at Australia’s Phillip Island circuit, Portimao – the final round of the championship in 2008 and 2009 – will move to round two next season.
2010 WSBK and WSS provisional calendar
February 28 Australia Phillip Island
March 28 Portugal Portimão
April 11 Spain Valencia*
April 25 Netherlands Assen
May 9 Italy Monza
May 16 South Africa Kyalami
May 31 United States Salt Lake City
June 27 San Marino Misano
July 11 Czech Rep. Brno
August 1 Great-Britain Donington Park
September 5 Germany Nürburgring
September 26 Italy Imola*,**
October 3 France Magny-Cours
* TBC (to be confirmed)
** STH (Subject to homologation)