Kenan Sofuoglu and Sheridan Morais will line up as teammates in the official 2012 Kawasaki DeltaFin WSS Team, managed by Vanni Lorenzini, and each rider has already started preparations in earnest.
Morais first got the chance to ride the Supersport Kawasaki at the end-of-season tests at Portimao, setting the fastest lap time and proving he will be a force to be reckoned with as he moves over to WSS from the Superstock 1000 class. He claimed a podium in that class on the 2011 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R for the Lorenzini by Leoni team at the final round of the year.
Sofuoglu is already a double-championship-winning legend in the WSS paddock and will return after a season spent in the Moto2 Championship. He has already had the chance to test his new machine, and like Morais has set laps at Aragon and Valencia in Spain in readiness for the 2012 campaign, which starts at Phillip Island in Australia in late February.
“I am very happy for this opportunity given to me by Kawasaki, a chance which has arrived in a particular moment of my sporting career. The experience in Moto2 was important but, for me, it is fundamental to fight for the title and I am sure that with the DeltaFin team behind me this will be possible. I come back to the Supersport World Championship happy with this choice, relying on the technical support of an important company.”
“I have a good prior relationship with Kawasaki and that has built up here in this paddock. My DeltaFin team and Kawasaki have become like my family in Europe and think it is really like a family. We have a job to do but we all get on and enjoy each other’s company as well. I am working with a lot of the same guys I worked with last year. The Supersport bike is really good and I have lots of telemetry and a number of different things to deal with on the Ninja ZX-6R, more than I did on the Superstock 1000 Ninja ZX-10R. We have had some dry testing time now, so I am getting used to the softer tires and working on suspension a bit. The bike handles so well and I am just getting used to it all. I’m loving it.”