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Kenan Sofuo?lu
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Sofuo?lu in 2007
NationalityTurkish
Born (1984-08-25) 25 August 1984 (age 37)
Kuzuluk, Akyaz?, Sakarya Province, Turkey
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Moto2 World Championship
Active years2010-2011
ManufacturersHonda
Championships0
2011 championship position17th (59 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
16 0 1 0 0 70
Superbike World Championship
Active years2008
ManufacturersHonda
Championships0
2008 championship position18th (54 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
23 0 0 0 0 54
Supersport World Championship
Active years2003, 2006-2010, 2012-2018
ManufacturersYamaha, Honda, Kawasaki
Championships5 (2007, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016)
2018 championship position31st (3 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
123 43 84 34 30 2,017

Kenan Sofuo?lu (born 25 August 1984 in Kuzuluk, Akyaz?) is a Turkish parliamentarian and former professional motorcycle racer. He holds a record five Supersport World Championship titles (2007, 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2016). Sofuo?lu also competed at the Superbike World Championship in 2008 and at the Moto2 World Championship in 2010 and 2011.

Sofuo?lu announced his retirement from racing in May 2018,[1] and became an elected politician in June 2018.[2] He made a brief comeback appearance at the Imola, Italy, World Championship event on 13 May where he qualified in third place but entered the pit lane immediately after the sighting lap, choosing to withdraw from the race.[3]

He suffered injuries in a crash at Phillip Island, Australia, earlier in 2018, exacerbating his previous pelvis fracture from a crash during practice at Magny-Cours, France, on 30 September 2017,[1] which initially appeared to have ended participation in the 2017 season.[4] After a period of only five weeks, he returned to participate in the last meeting at Qatar,[5] finishing the race in third place and totalling enough points to finish second in the championship.

Sofuo?lu also competed in Moto2 for the Technomag-CIP team, having made his debut at the end of 2010 and remained with the team for the 2011 season.[6] He previously won the Supersport World Championship with Ten Kate Honda in 2007 and 2010. He raced in the World Superbike Championship for Ten Kate in 2008, but with limited success.

Racing for Kawasaki in 2012, Sofuo?lu claimed his third Supersport World Championship at the Portuguese Grand Prix, in the penultimate race.[7]

As a five-time champion, Sofuoglu is the most successful rider to have competed in the Supersport World Championship and holds many records in the class.[8]

Career

Supersport & Superbike World Championship

After winning Class B of the Turkish Supersport Championship in 2000 and the German Yamaha R6 Cup in 2002, Sofuo?lu moved into the European Superstock Championship, finishing second and third in two seasons. Subsequently, Sofuo?lu entered the Supersport World Championship full-time in 2006 after three races in 2003. Sofuo?lu dominated the 2007 season, winning five of the first eight races, and broke the record for the most wins in one season. These included a two-lap charge from sixth to first at Monza, and a win on his first ever visit to Donington Park, in the wet. He also won at Losail, Spain and Assen, Netherlands. He clinched the championship with three races to go, by finishing second at Brands Hatch, becoming Turkey's first major motorsport world champion.[9]

Sofuo?lu then signed with Ten Kate Honda for three more years. For 2008 he rode a 3rd Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR in World Superbikes, as part of a junior team. He was not successful, and returned to Supersport with the team for 2009. This time the team struggled to match Cal Crutchlow's Yamaha and the Parkalgar Honda of Eugene Laverty, leaving Sofuo?lu to fight for third in the standings. He opened 2010 with a succession of podium finishes, leaving him in a 3-way championship battle with Laverty and Motocard Kawasaki's Joan Lascorz. He eventually claimed the title, finishing on the podium in every race.

For 2013, as the world champion, Sofuo?lu had the option of riding for the Italian Pedercini Team but he opted to join the Indian Mahi Team owned by Mahendra Singh Dhoni.[10]

Moto2 World Championship

Towards the end of the 2010 season Sofuo?lu appeared in Moto2 at the Portuguese Grand Prix, with the Technomag-CIP team, replacing Shoya Tomizawa, who had died in an incident at Misano. Sofuo?lu was fourth fastest in practice, which put him on the front row after qualifying was rained out. The race marked his first ever dry laps on the bike, but he led for the majority of the race before finishing the race in fifth despite having to try to adjust the handlebars of the bike while racing.[11] Sofuo?lu remained with the team in 2011, riding one of the team's Suters.[6] His best finish was 2nd place at Assen.

Injuries

During training for the 2017 Supersport World Championship in early February, Sofuo?lu broke a finger bone. He had to undergo two operations. Just before the first round of the championship in Australia, he performed a two-day test, but was not ready to race because of pain when braking, and decided not to start. He flew back home to undergo another operation, and stated that he would miss the opening two rounds, but would be present again in Spain, the third round of the championship.[12]

On 30 September Sofuo?lu broke his pelvis in three places after a crash during the Superpole session of a championship race in France.[13] The same day, he was flown to Istanbul, Turkey for medical care by air ambulance. His doctor stated that Sofu?lu could be discharged from the hospital in 5-6 weeks if everything went right.[14] Sofuo?lu confirmed the recovery period as 12 weeks.[15]

After a period of only five weeks he returned to participate in the last meeting at Qatar,[5] finishing the race in third place and totalling points for second place the championship.

Sofuoglu announced his retirement from racing on the build-up to the fifth round of the 2018 season at Imola after sustaining another injury at Phillip Island. This is in addition to a crash at Magny-Cours in the previous year, when he suffered a hip injury.

Career statistics

Supersport World Championship

Races by year

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos Pts
2003 Yamaha SPA
16
AUS JPN ITA GER
Ret
GBR SMR GBR NED ITA FRA
Ret
NC 0
2006 Honda QAT
3
AUS
Ret
SPA
Ret
ITA
5
EUR
20
SMR
8
CZE
3
GBR
3
NED
1
GER
1
ITA
2
FRA
2
3rd 157
2007 Honda QAT
1
AUS
2
EUR
1
SPA
1
NED
1
ITA
1
GBR
Ret
SMR
3
CZE
1
GBR
2
GER
2
ITA
1
FRA
1
1st 276
2008 Honda QAT AUS SPA NED ITA GER SMR CZE GBR EUR ITA FRA POR
1
19th 25
2009 Honda AUS
1
QAT
4
SPA
3
NED
5
ITA
9
RSA
5
USA
1
SMR
Ret
GBR
4
CZE
9
GER
Ret
ITA
1
FRA
3
POR
2
3rd 189
2010 Honda AUS
3
POR
1
SPA
2
NED
3
ITA
2
RSA
2
USA
1
SMR
3
CZE
1
GBR
2
GER
2
ITA
2
FRA
2
1st 263
2012 Kawasaki AUS
1
ITA
DSQ
NED
2
ITA
3
EUR
2
SMR
1
SPA
5
CZE
2
GBR
5
RUS
1
GER
1
POR
2
FRA
4
1st 218
2013 Kawasaki AUS
1
SPA
Ret
NED
2
ITA
Ret
GBR
2
POR
3
ITA
1
RUS
C
GBR
1
GER
Ret
TUR
1
FRA
1
SPA
2
2nd 201
2014 Kawasaki AUS
Ret
SPA
1
NED
Ret
ITA
Ret
GBR
4
MAL
3
SMR
4
POR
3
SPA
13
FRA
Ret
QAT
8
8th 94
2015 Kawasaki AUS
6
THA
2
SPA
1
NED
1
ITA
1
GBR
1
POR
2
SMR
11
MAL
4
SPA
1
FRA
2
QAT
2
1st 233
2016 Kawasaki AUS
Ret
THA
2
SPA
1
NED
3
ITA
1
MAL
6
GBR
1
ITA
1
GER
1
FRA
Ret
SPA
1
QAT
2
1st 216
2017 Kawasaki AUS THA SPA
Ret
NED
1
ITA
1
GBR
1
ITA
1
GER
2
POR
1
FRA
DNS
SPA
QAT
3
2nd 161
2018 Kawasaki AUS
13
THA
SPA
NED
ITA
Ret
GBR
CZE
ITA
POR
FRA
ARG
QAT
31st 3

Superbike World Championship

By season

Season Motorcycle Team Number Race Win Podium Pole FLap Pts Plcd WCh
2008 Honda CBR1000RR Hannspree Ten Kate Honda Jr. 54 23 0 0 0 0 54 18th 0
Total 23 0 0 0 0 54 0

Races by year

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos Pts
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
2008 Honda QAT
12
QAT
10
AUS
14
AUS
11
ESP
12
ESP
15
NED
12
NED
19
ITA
DNS
ITA
DNS
USA
12
USA
14
GER
Ret
GER
21
SMR
18
SMR
Ret
CZE
10
CZE
10
GBR
13
GBR
17
EUR
Ret
EUR
DNS
ITA
Ret
ITA
Ret
FRA
9
FRA
19
POR POR 18th 54

Grand Prix motorcycle racing

By season

Season Class Motorcycle Type Team Number Races Win Podium Pole Pts Plcd
2010 Moto2 Suter Suter MMX TechnoMag-CIP 54 2 0 0 0 11 29th
2011 Moto2 Suter Suter MMXI TechnoMag-CIP 54 14 0 1 0 59 17th
Total 16 0 1 0 70

By class

Class Seasons 1st GP 1st Pod 1st Win Race Win Podiums Pole FLap Pts WChmp
Moto2 2010-2011 2010 Portugal 2011 Netherlands 16 0 1 0 0 70 0
Total 2010-2011 16 0 1 0 0 70 0

Races by year

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos Pts
2010 Moto2 Suter QAT SPA FRA ITA GBR NED CAT GER CZE IND RSM ARA JPN MAL AUS POR
5
VAL
Ret
29th 11
2011 Moto2 Suter QAT
18
SPA
16
POR
Ret
FRA
26
CAT
Ret
GBR
8
NED
2
ITA
10
GER
11
CZE
10
IND
DNS
RSM ARA JPN
19
AUS
6
MAL
12
VAL
20
17th 59

Politics

Sofuo?lu was elected in June 2018 as a Justice and Development Party (AK Party) parliamentarian for the Sakarya Province.[2]

On 4 July 2018, the Turkish parliament's opening day for the 2018-2019 session, Sofuo?lu arrived driving a Lamborghini Aventador, which he parked in a space reserved for an opposition deputy.[16] This drew criticism about the "luxury car" but Sofuo?lu--who also owns two Mercedes SUVs, a Ferrari, and a Fiat 124--responded that the critics have taken aim at him because of his party affiliation and the car was only an excuse.[17] Sofuo?lu has stated he gives his elected deputy's salary to charity.[18]

Personal life

Sofuo?lu is the third child of ?rfan Basri Sofuo?lu and his wife Nurhayat.[19] He has one sister and two brothers. His father is a motorcycle repairman with his own garage. Two of Sofuo?lu's brothers, who were also local motorcycle racers, have died in accidents. Sofuo?lu's eldest brother Bahattin, himself a domestic Turkish motorcycling champion, died in a traffic accident in 2002. His next eldest brother Sinan died during a race training incident at the ?zmit Körfez Circuit in May 2008.[20]

Sofuo?lu speaks German, French, English and Turkish.[21] Sofuo?lu is a practising Muslim, and observes daytime fasting during Ramadan. His bike number 54 stems from his home town's (Sakarya Province in Turkey) license plate number. He has noted that his riding style uses too much upper-body effort, causing him to tire on the bike.

On 3 September 2014 he married Julia Looman, after a two-year engagement. After the wedding ceremony in his hometown Sakarya, the couple flew to Barcelona, Spain.[22]

On 14 March 2015 Kenan Sofuo?lu became the father of a son named Hamza, who was born in the Netherlands. On 2 May 2015 the infant suffered a cerebral hemorrhage during a family holiday in Alanya. He was transferred to Istanbul, and underwent surgery.[23] Hamza died on 25 July 2015, aged four months, and was buried in the family grave at Akyaz?, Sakarya.[24]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Supersport legend Sofuoglu to retire after Imola www.motorsport.com 7 May, 2018. Retrieved 13 May 2018
  2. ^ a b Colorful figures from athletes to actors win seats in Parliament Daily Sabah, June 26 2018. Retrieved August 27 2018
  3. ^ Sofuoglu pulls out of farewell Supersport race www.motorsport.com 7 May, 2018. Retrieved 13 May 2018
  4. ^ Magny-Cours WorldSBK: Sofuoglu confirms crash is season-ending Bike Sport News, 1 October 2017. Retrieved 2 October 2017
  5. ^ a b Mahias on top, Sofuoglu set for second medical assessment before FP3 crash.net, 2 November 2017. Retrieved 3 November 2017
  6. ^ a b "Kenan Sofuoglu chooses Technomag for 2011". crash.net. Crash Media Group. 6 November 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  7. ^ "Turkish rider Sofuo?lu crowned 2012 champ". Sundaays Zaman. Archived from the original on September 24, 2012. Retrieved .
  8. ^ Paddock Talk, 4 October 2015. Retrieved 2 October 2017
  9. ^ "Turkish Press Review". World Bulletin. CM Bili?im & Capitol Medya. 6 August 2007. Retrieved 2010.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Dhoni's humility touching: Sofuoglu". The Times of India. 30 March 2013. Archived from the original on 3 April 2013.
  11. ^ Beer, Matt (31 October 2010). "Bradl wins, Sofuoglu stars in Moto2". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 2010.
  12. ^ "Kenan Sofuoglu out of opening two rounds due to injury". SBK Motul. 2017-02-21. Retrieved .
  13. ^ "Sofuoglu declared unfit in France". SBK Motul. 2017-09-30. Retrieved .
  14. ^ "Kenan Sofuo?lu'nun sa?l?k durumu hakk?nda aç?klama". NTV (in Turkish). 2017-10-01. Retrieved .
  15. ^ Sofuoglu begins rehabilitation following crash in France worldsbk.com, 30 September 2017. Retrieved 2 October 2017
  16. ^ "AKP deputy arrives at parliament with Lamborghini". Ahval. London. 4 July 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  17. ^ "Kenan Sofuo?lu Meclis'e Lamborghini ile gitti" [Kenan Sofuoglu went to the Parliament with a Lamborghini]. Hürriyet (in Turkish). 4 July 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  18. ^ "Kenan Sofuo?lu Lamborghini ele?tirilerine yan?t verdi" [Kenan Sofuo?lu responds to Lamborghini criticism]. Cumhuriyet (in Turkish). 7 July 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  19. ^ Zabc?, Faruk (2010-10-04). "Kenan'dan büyük ba?ar?". Hürriyet (in Turkish). Retrieved .
  20. ^ Ntvmsnbc.com related news(in Turkish)
  21. ^ KENAN SOFUOGLU
  22. ^ "Kenan Sofuo?lu ve Julia Looman evlendi (3 Eylül 2014)". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 2014-09-04. Retrieved .
  23. ^ "Kenan Sofuo?lu evlat üzüntüsüyle ?talya'ya gitti". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 2015-05-08. Retrieved .
  24. ^ "Kenan Sofuo?lu'nun o?lu Hamza topra?a verildi". NTV Turkey (in Turkish). 2015-07-26. Retrieved .

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