Rumours had been circulating for weeks. Only the official confirmation was missing, and has now arrived: the Imola round will be Kenan Sofuoglu's last. Following injuries suffered last season and earlier this season, the Turkish rider has decided to retire from racing. He has enjoyed a glorious career, with 85 podiums, 43 race wins and five world titles, becoming a real point of reference in SuperSport.
There is of course regret on the Puccetti rider's face: “As the President wishes I am going to retire from racing this weekend, and I will celebrate my 20 years of racing anniversary this weekend. In the last couple of months I had a few injures which made my family very afraid, as well as our President. I have decided to retire from racing earlier than I originally thought, but I can’t say I am sad because I have already coached and trained a few Turkish riders who will carry the flag for me".
Sofuoglu has carried the Turkish flag onto the highest step of the podium on many occasions: “I started my racing career 20 years ago, with a goal to race in the world championships, and I have won the world title five times; I am very thankful for that. Many people supported me while winning these titles and I want to thank everyone for that."