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Moto2: Gresini targeting Sofuoglu as Elias replacement?

Is Gresini planning to replace departing Moto2 champion Toni Elias with World Supersport winner Kenan Sofuoglu?
According to the Turkish Milliyet website, double World Supersport champion Kenan Sofuoglu has received an offer from the Gresini Moriwaki team for the 2011 Moto2 season.

Gresini won this year's inaugural Moto2 World Championship with Toni Elias, but the Spaniard will not defend his title after securing a return to MotoGP.

Sofuoglu, the most successful WSS rider in history with 17 race wins, bolted to a huge seven-second lead on his Moto2 debut last time out at Estoril, with Technomag-CIP (Suter), before tyre wear dropped him to fifth.

The 26-year-old will race at Valencia again this weekend and has made clear he wants a full time Moto2 seat next season. also claims that Sofoglu's 2010 Ten Kate Honda team-mate Michele Pirro could take the second Gresini seat.

Former 125cc rider Pirro rode for Gresini, as a substitute for the injured Vladimir Ivanov, at this year's Aragon round, finishing 14th after qualifying eighth.

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Smiler - Unregistered

November 04, 2010 11:55 AM

I agree that he was a bit wild but we should remember that this was his first time on a GP bike, first time on slicks and first time at the circuit. The loss of any dry track time was also a factor as he did not have the benefit of a base setting to rely on. I think the biggest reason for him getting ragged was the fact that due to a less than perfect setup he destroyed his tyres and had no experience of riding that type of bike on worn tyres (which he also was new to). If you look at his WSS form he is clearly a class act and in my humble opinion will be a contender next year with some testing under his belt.

spressfield - Unregistered

November 04, 2010 4:39 PM

He will do really well. And more than that he'll stop all that idiotic blithering from know nothings like Rawdawg & co who reckon a WSS title means nothing. If a WSS champ can come to Moto2 and be at the front right away, then by that logic a Moto2 title means nothing either, right? And in that case nobody from Moto2 would deserve to go to Motogp would they! It's just dumb and ignorant to run down WSS champions, and it's time some people stopped knocking the quality of top WSS riders and had some respect for them, because riders like Kenan, Laverty and Crutchlow could all have come to Moto2 and immediately been title contenders. If a WSS title is 'nothing' then so is Moto2. So stop with the double standards!

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