Kenan Sofuoglu talks Lowes clash, broken ribs, 2014

If race direction had decided on a penalty then I would have had nothing to say and could only give my opinion when asked, in this case though when examined the move was found to be legal.
And this situation won't change how you ride?

Kenan Sofuoglu:
No it won't. I have a goal, I will try to win the last races. I'm not going for the title, I'm going for wins as long as the package allows me.

I'm on holiday now though and unfortunately I have hurt myself and I am hoping that I'll be fit for the race in Germany.
What is your injury?

Kenan Sofuoglu:
I actually did it on the water. It was on one of those banana-like things which are dragged behind a boat. A friend fell on me and I broke 3 ribs, two days ago.
Finally Kenan, I have to ask this question while I'm talking to you, have you finalised your plans for next year?

Kenan Sofuoglu:
This for me is still a big question mark.

I did a two hour test on the Superbike and I have to say that I didn't find it easy, I wasn't so fast after two hours because firstly I had got so used to the Supersport bike and secondly because of the amount of electronics. It's possible to adapt but I'm not sure if that's possible for me, I'm 29 now and not a young boy.

The other thing is, do I have a good team? In Supersport I'm racing in a great team with official support from Kawasaki. In Superbike though the factory team already has two riders and I would need to go to a private team and I don't know which one is good.

It really depends on what Kawasaki want me to do. I asked Kawasaki and they said that they would be happy if I stayed in Supersport. I am a rider who likes to win and that is possible in Supersport but I'm not sure how possible that would be in Superbike.

Also my Federation and the government in Turkey, they are saying that they want me to continue in Supersport because it might take me two years to get to the level of fighting for the championship. If I win the Supersport title my federation will get more support from the government to help young riders.

I'm currently helping ten boys to get support from the government for their racing because when I stop racing it is important to me that there are more young riders coming out of Turkey. The government doesn't care if I'm in Superbike or Supersport, it's the title which is important.

For me at the moment it's 50:50 and I'm hoping to speak to Kawasaki in Germany. It's really up to Kawasaki though, I'll do what they ask me to do because I like being with them.
Thanks Kenan and enjoy your holiday.

Kenan Sofuoglu:
Thank you.

Lowes is now 29 points ahead of Sofuoglu, with five rounds remaining

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Sofuoglu and Lowes, WSS Race 1, British WSBK 2013
Kenan Sofuoglu, World Supersport [Credit: Kenan Sofuoglu]
Kenan Sofuoglu, World Supersport [Credit: Kenan Sofuoglu]

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August 14, 2013 4:35 PM

I didn't think there was anything wrong with the pass and neither did Sam at the end. I thought hodgsons view was so biased it was embarrassing. Best pals and all that. Seen much worse

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