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

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September 05, 2013 4:37 PM
Last Edited 970 days ago

Nope, no chance, its like Marc in GPs, its not gonna happen, not unless Kenan has two weekends to set his bike up. The electronics on the R6 are night and day vs the kwak. A good street bike, but the 6r cant hold a candle to the r6 in wss, no other bike can unless kawasaki decides to steal a few technicians from Yamaha like Honda did.

There is a reason why Honda will sacrifice fuel for it's electronics, and you better believe its substantial (whole seconds).

& to break it to you guys, with less setup, and how well sorted out that R6 is, going to Turkey will only help Lowes out, I am sure Lowes will pretend like Kenan has a chance in order to help out the fans, heck he might even lose it to keep interest in the championship, but do not for one second think Kenan has a shot at beating Lowes on that bike.

Its like expecting Jorge to get beat by both factory Ducatis' its just not gonna happen.


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 5:47 PM

C'mon pcx stop blowing so much hot air. That Kawasaki THE bike to have in 2013. You know it and we know it so enough of the BS already. If Kenan loses this one its down to his erratic nature as a rider... nothing more.

Ever wonder why you're the only one who says the Yam has an advantage?


September 05, 2013 6:23 PM
Last Edited 970 days ago

Yeah, a bike Scassa can almost hope for a podium with (6r), or a bike he can chance a championship with (r6). Did you guys not see 2011?

Keep repeating what the commentators tell you, that the zx6r is a newer bike, and because its new its better (thats just con speak for go to a dealer and buy a new bike).

If you know what you are seeing when you watch TV its very easy to see how much harder Kenan is trying than Lowes. Lowes is just hanging around until he goes 1/2+ second faster than Kenan on his r6.

What you are seeing is Lowes hanging around (like Marc on the Honda) in order to entertain people who don't know what they are looking at.

If you want real constests you get rid of TC and think about letting people bring in other tires, until then its a no contest.

How often did satellite bikes in GPs succeed at podiums in GPs before the control tire and TC took over the championship? This is what you are seeing at all levels. Its not a contest, its a parade.


September 05, 2013 7:46 PM

I saw 2011 great years racing , that was 2 seasons ago, things move on .both the kawasaki and yamaha are good , the points difference seems to be the pressure on kenan, he bottled it in wsbk , and moto2 . I think lowes is head and shoulders above kenan whos a great rider as well , obviously :)


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.


September 06, 2013 12:48 AM

@ pcxmac
Give it a rest, we've heard it all before.
Lowes' bike is better, rossi's bike is better, everybody's bike is better than whoever you want to win.

Why on earth would the commentators try and influence the purchasing activity of joe public when it comes to when or what they should buy ? Clutching at straws or just run out of sensible comments to make...........can't make my mind up.
Why can't you just congratulate Lowes for being in the position he is rather than constantly trying to belittle his achievements ?

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