Sofu

Kenan Sofuoğlu

The most successful rider in the history of the Supersport World Championship

Lucky Kenan Sofuoglu takes victory in WSSP in Aragon 2014
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Hi, my name is Kenan Sofuoğlu. My discipline is supersport. My friends call me Sofu. I was born on 25 August 1984 in Akyazı, Turkey.

Bio

Arguably the most famous motorsports star to hail from Turkey, Kenan Sofuoğlu has an enviable list of titles under his belt, and he continues to carve out his place among the greats.

But success started much earlier for the rider, with national and international wins at junior level. He also tried his hand in both the Superstock and Superbike categories. Sofuoğlu triumphantly secured his place in the history books when he won both the 2007 and 2010 Supersport Championship with Ten Kate Honda.

For 2011, Sofuoğlu raced on the Suter, competing with the Technomag-CIP team in Moto2 (formerly 250cc) alongside Swiss rider Dominique Aegerter. Switching back to his Supersport roots and this time racing for Kawasaki in 2012, Sofuoğlu claimed an impressive third Supersport World Championship title, nailing the win in the penultimate round of the season in Portugal. Sofuoğlu returned in 2013, this time taking second place.

After a difficult 2014, in which his team withdrew from the series, Sofuoğlu returned in 2015 with a new team – the San Carlo Puccetti Racing Team. Sofuoğlu confidently reclaimed the title, becoming the FIM Supersport World Champion for the fourth time.

In 2016, still on the Kawasaki with San Carlo Puccetti Racing, Sofuoğlu took an incredible fifth championship, making his position as the winner of the most Supersport World Championship titles look untouchable.

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Career Highlights

  1. 2016
    1. FIM Supersport World Champion

      Kenan secured a record fifth title.

  2. 2016
    1. 1st Place: FIM Supersport World Championship Rd 7

      Donington Park, UK

  3. 2015
    1. FIM Supersport World Champion

      His fourth world title

  4. 2013
    1. 2nd Place Overall: FIM Supersport World Championship

  5. 2012
    1. FIM Supersport World Champion

  6. 2011
    1. 2nd Place: Dutch Grand Prix - Moto 2

      Assen, Netherlands

  7. 2010
    1. FIM Supersport World Champion

  8. 2009
    1. 3rd Place Overall: FIM Supersport World Championship