Turkey WSS: Sofuoglu: It's a level playing field in Turkey

'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' - Kenan Sofuoglu
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.”

Tagged as: Kawasaki , Nürburgring , India

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September 05, 2013 5:40 PM

Oh dear, more than a hint of sore loser coming across here... Your theory that the R6 is better sorted than the ZX-6R doesn't make much sense given the R6 has undergone considerably less development in the last few years. That's not to say it isn't a good bike, but it's hardly lightyears ahead of the ZX-6R as you suggest. Besides, the fact that Foret, Coghlan, Russo, Scassa and Marino have been competitive on the Kawasaki this year - compared to just Leonov on the Yamaha - further disproves a theory to which you have so far made claims, but brought no actual evidence. At the end of the day, Sofuoglu is a great racer, but he's DNF'd 3 times this year. One mechanical, two crashes. Those two crashes - one whilst leading, one whilst chasing - have been two errors too many. That's the critical difference. I know you're a big Sofuoglu fan, but there he has been beaten fairly and squarely by a guy that has got his shizzle together, been as quick as Sofuoglu and stayed on the bike more oft


September 05, 2013 8:35 PM

You comment on every Sofuoglu/Lowes article saying the Yamaha has an unfair advantage but that just seems to be an opinion. Like I say, Kenan is a great racer and he commands a lot of respect around here for his speed (less so his tactics maybe, but his speed is never in doubt). It's a shame that you can't acknowledge Sam for his performances this year. Regardless of whether he is on a superior bike (which I genuinely don't think he is... but again, if he is, it's racing and someone has to win!), Sam has evidently really stepped it up this year, worked hard, stayed on his machine and employed some impressive race tactics (Assen, Portimao and Monza especially). It's a shame you refuse to see that and prefer to resort to conspiracy theories. I hope both Kenan and Sam step up to Superbikes next year.

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