Kenan Sofuoğlu is a Turkish former professional motorcycle racer, who won the highest number of Supersport World Championship titles – five, in 2007, 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2016. He became an elected politician in June 2018, soon after he announced his retirement from racing in May 2018. 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. 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, which initially appeared to have ended participation in the 2017 season. After a period of only five weeks, he returned to participate in the last meeting at Qatar, finishing the race in third place and totalling enough points to finish second in the championship.
About Kenan Sofuoglu
Best known for his prolific career in the Supersport World Championship racing league. In 2015, he won his 4th title, which at the time was the most of any rider in history.
In 2000, he won the Class B level of the Turkish Supersport Championship. This led him to competing in the European Superstock Championship, which precluded his joining the Supersport World Championship in 2006.
He won his first Supersport World Championship in 2007, which was his debut season. In 2012, he clinched his 3rd championship in the second-to-last race of the season at the Portuguese Grand Prix.
He was born and raised in Akyazi, Turkey.
In 2010, he finished in a tie for the Superport World Championship with Eugene Laverty.
Information related to Kenan Sofuoğlu
- Sofuoğlu family - The three brothers Bahattin, Sinan and Kenan Sofuoğlu have been some of the most successful Turkish motorcycle racers. Their father Irfan Basri Sofuoğlu, a motorcycle enthusiast since 1965, ran a motorcycle repair shop in the Kuzuluk town of Akyazı district in the Sakarya Province.
- Turkish motorcycle racers
- Turkish sportsmen
- Turkish Sunni Muslims
- Turkish sportsperson-politicians
- Deputies of Sakarya
- FIM Superstock 1000 Cup riders
- Justice and Development Party (Turkey) politicians
- Supersport World Championship riders
- Moto2 World Championship riders
- Superbike World Championship riders