Kenan Sofuoglu Switches Teams For Remainder Of 2014 World Supersport Season

Kenan Sofuoglu is to switch teams for the remainder of the 2014 World Supersport season. From Jerez, Sofuoglu will ride the Kawasaki ZX-6R for the San Carlo Puccetti Racing team, leaving the Mahi Racing Team India squad. 

The move is a result of financial problems for the Mahi Racing team. By switching to the Puccetti team, Sofuoglu and Kawasaki were assured that the Turkish World Supersport champion could continue to compete for the remainder of the season. Sofuoglu is currently fourth in the World Supersport championship, but lost any hope of a fourth World Supersport title when the South African round was canceled, as he trails championship leader Michael van der Mark by 77 points.

Below is the press release from Kawasaki:

Kenan Sofuoglu To Join San Carlo Puccetti Racing At Jerez

Three-time FIM Supersport World Champion Kenan Sofuoglu will compete on a Ninja ZX-6R inside the San Carlo Puccetti Racing set-up at the next round of the championship, after an amicable parting with his previous Mahi Racing Team India squad.

Sofuoglu, a superstar in his native Turkey and WSS champion for Kawasaki in 2012, was victorious at the Motorland Aragon round in April and has claimed two further podiums since then. He is currently fourth in the championship after his most recent top three finish at Portimao in July.

Kenan and the San Carlo Puccetti Racing squad will now aim for a podium performance on the Ninja ZX-6R at the next round, at Jerez in Spain on September 7th.

Both Kenan and Kawasaki wish the Mahi Racing Team India team well with their racing project and hope that the experience they have gained so far helps with their ongoing ambitions to perform on the world stage.


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The Mahi Racing Team India has gone into financial problems? That is almost impossible to believe. The owners of the team are Indian Cricket Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Nagarjuna Akkineni one of the south India's biggest film star and I cannot remember the third name but that guy too is among the rich and the famous. What is interesting is both Dhoni and Nagarjuna are car and bike enthusiasts as is Nagarjuna's son. They have some of the most amazing automobiles in their respective garages. I somehow do not think money is the problem. Given the fact that both Kawasaki and Sofuoglu seem to have said goodbye to the team and in saying so have expressed that Mahi Racing will do well in their global racing aspirations, it appears that the team is not folding up. So what are they doing in the future then? Shifting to another manufacturer? Interesting. There is more to this story than meets the eye.