WSS: Sofuoglu sets sights on Portimao return

Kenan Sofuoglu is confident his injuries will heal in time for him to hit the ground running at Portimao later this month
Kenan Sofuoglu is confident he will be fit enough to participate in the opening wave of World Supersport tests later this month despite breaking his ankle in a motocross accident.

Sofuoglu, the 2007 WSS title winner, caught his left foot in the ground when he was riding a motocross bike in hills near his home in Northern Turkey, causing it to twist severely.

With X-Rays confirming a fracture to his ankle, although Sofuoglu is being advised to take six weeks off, he is determined to ride the Ten Kate Honda when testing resumes at Portimao between 22-24 January.

“I was just riding in the hills because we don't really have motocross tracks here,” Sofuoglu, who finished third in the 2009 standings, said. “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.”

Should Sofuoglu be unable to participate in Portugal, testing duties will be assumed by new team-mate Michele Pirro.

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TwistZoom - Unregistered

January 08, 2010 10:08 PM

Handshifter? not a bad idea actually in this case. I'm not quite sure of the mechanics that would be used to implement it. I'm guess it'd be on the left grip, maybe a couple of small thumbsized paddles or something?? probably would be a bit of learning curve on that though but I suppose any testing time is better than none..

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