Reigning World Supersport champion Kenan Sofuoglu has dismissed the notion that he will hold an advantage over his rivals at next weekend's Turkish round of the series.
Sofuoglu suffered a massive title setback at the Nurburgring, where the Mahi Racing Team India Kawasaki rider crashed out as Sam Lowes went on to claim a key victory, extending his championship lead to 54 points.
With Turkey hosting the next round at Istanbul's Intercity Park venue, Sofuoglu is carrying the weight of expectation on his shoulders in front of his home fans, but he insists his opponents will enter the race on a level playing field.
“A lot of people still cannot believe that I don't know the track, I never raced or trained there because it hasn't been in WSBK plans for the last seven years,” said Sofuoglu.
“I've been in the paddock for a few times and I've done three laps of the circuit, two years ago, for a media event. This is all I know about the Intercity Istanbul Park.
”I think racing in front of my home crowd will boost my confidence, but everybody is expecting me to win so it won't be an easy task.
“I'm very happy to be racing in Turkey, some people have a wrong idea about my country but they will be surprised when they see it with their own eyes.”