WSBK – World Supersport: Sofuoglu stays with Kawasaki in 2015 – Used KAWASAKI

World Supersport: Sofuoglu remains at Kawasaki in 2015

WSBK - World Supersport: Sofuoglu stays with Kawasaki in 2015 - Used KAWASAKI

Kenan Sofuoglu had a particularly disappointing 2014 season but certainly does not admit defeat! The three-time Supersport champion signs again at Kawasaki in 2015 but in an Italian team, in order to overcome the ” Indian ” sign…

Dropped by the Indians of the Kawasaki Mahi Racing Team this summer, Kenan Sofuoglu quickly found refuge for the last three races of the 2014 Supersport season within the Kawasaki San Carlo Puccetti Racing team (read).

When this unexpected transfer was announced, Kawasaki Motor Europe officials did not hide from Site their desire to keep the three-time Supersport world champion in their 2015 workforce … Their wish has just been granted. !

Sofuoglu will ride again next year on a Ninja prepared by Manuel Puccetti’s Italian team. "I believe in Kawasaki and know the potential of the Ninja ZX-6R", explains the Turkish rider who was also in contact with Ten Kate (Honda), the team which had led him to his first world title in and allowed him to double the .

"I wanted to continue this relationship because I have really enjoyed this bike ever since and we will try to reclaim the title next year.. A 2015 title that is already very coveted: the Michael van den Mark and will leave his Supersport throne vacant…

The manager of the San Carlo Puccetti Racing team is naturally delighted to have signed Kenan for – all! – the 2015 season: "he is the most talented Supersport driver and we really want to win the championship with him", says Manuel Puccetti.

Proof that these are not empty words: Sofuoglu and his new team almost won last week, the first they played together! "The track was very slippery, but I managed to turn faster than the other riders and widen a gap quite easily", estimated the man with 60 podiums and 27 victories (in 91 starts).

2014, "losing" year for Sofuoglu

Victim of a while he was leading very widely, Kenan was at the very least a philosopher at the time of the assessment: "I wasn’t attacking but I had some problems with my visor and I couldn’t see anything after the third round".

"On the plus side, we were very quick in the wet today and in the dry yesterday.", congratulated the famous n ° 54,"but it may be that this year finally, regardless of my commitment, we will not have the chance to record good results".

The zero point in France was indeed the fourth of the season for Sofuoglu who, moreover, notched one victory and two third places. Eighth in the championship with 86 points (against 205 for "Magic Michael"!), The Kawasaki rider therefore dares not promise his fans anything for the 2014 final scheduled – at night – in Qatar.

The competition director at Kawasaki Motor Europe, on the other hand, aims high: "we want to end the season on a positive note, with a victory, and start our testing program right after, in November, in order to be 100% ready for this new challenge"Says Steve Guttridge, relieved that Sofu ‘signs again with the Greens despite"a difficult year".

N ° 54 bis, to follow…

Unhappy this season as a pilot, Sofuoglu is certainly not from a more personal point of view: the new groom took off on his honeymoon after celebrating the victory in Superstock 600 of his little compatriot and protege, Toprak Razgatlioglu…

Razgatlioglu is a name to remember since the young Turk (18 years old this October 16) competed last weekend in France in his very first race in the category, would race for the first time on a Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R and also discover the circuit. by Magny-Cours.

Registered in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookie Cup in 2013 and 2014, Toprak finished 10th and then 6th in this series which is contested on frail Moto3 KTM: "I want to thank my team, I learned a lot during two years. I think my only handicap was my height and weight, but I tried my best", he reported on his blog a few days ago.

Its eighty-two meter and 65 kilograms are visibly more suited to the Ninja format! N ° 54 – which he shares with his mentor – has certainly not stopped talking about him … To be continued, stay tuned !

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