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Team Kawasaki Pucetti Elf

Kenan Sofuoglu

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Date of birth: 25 August 1983
Place of birth: Adapazari, Turkey

The name Kenan Sofuoglu is intimately linked to the history of the Supersport World Championship. And not only because the Turkish rider has won it five times. Record-holder in terms of race wins and podiums, Sofuoglu has set his seal on the history of Supersport. Noticed in the German championship, he earned his spurs in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup in 2004 and 2005 before beginning to race in the Supersport World Championship. His aggressive riding and fighting spirit enabled him to make it to the podium of the championship in his first season in the discipline.
The following year, Sofuoglu won his first world championship title. That success earned him access in 2008 to the Superbike class where he has been less fortunate. Invited to participate in the final race of the Supersport championship, he scored a stunning victory that convinced him to return to the class that made him king. Third in 2009 behind Crutchlow and Laverty, Sofuoglu clinched a new title the following season. After a difficult period in Moto2 where he never found his feet, Kenan went back in 2012 to successfully conquer a third Supersport title riding a ZX-6R.

Engaged in 2013 to fly the flag of the new Indian Kawasaki Mahi team, Sofuoglu was injured and had to hand over his crown to Brit rider Sam Lowes. The next season was not much better. Injured again, in trouble with his team, Kenan had to settle for a modest eighth place little related to his status. Driven by a burning desire for revenge, in 2015 he managed to overcome a number of difficult personal problems to win his fourth title. A triumph that did not satisfy him, since the Kawasaki rider was in scintillating form throughout the 2016 championship, with nine podiums and six wins. It could have been the same last year without an ugly hip injury that ruined the end of the season. With an unquenchable thirst for winning, this season Kenan will be aiming for a sixth World Championship title.

2017: 2nd in the Supersport World Championship
2016: Supersport World Champion 
2015: Supersport World Champion 
2014: 8th in the Supersport World Championship
2013: 2nd in the Supersport World Championship
2012: Supersport World Champion 
2011: 17th in the Moto2 World Championship
2010: Supersport World Champion 
2009: 3rd in the Supersport World Championship
2008: 18th in the Superbike World Championship
2007: Supersport World Champion 
2006: 3rd in the Supersport World Championship
2005: 2nd in the Superstock 1000 Championship
2004: 3rd in the Superstock 1000 Championship
2003: German R6 Cup Champion 
2002: Turkish Supersport champion, Class B

 

Hikari Okubo

Hikari Okubo

Date of birth: 11 August 1993
Place of birth: Kodaira, Japan

For his third season in World Supersport, Hikari Okubo has joined the Kawasaki Pucetti Racing Elf team this year with the firm intention of getting closer to the leaders. After training in the 125 category, the 24-year-old Japanese rider has raced for many years in Asia. First in his country, then in 2012 in the Asian Dream Cup. A competition that he almost won the same year. Moving up to the Japan GP3 championship, he used the opportunity to gain experience in the ST600 class. Hikari also competed in the Japan Moto3 Grand Prix at Motegi three times, twice finishing just short of scoring points.

2017: 15th in the Supersport 600 World Championship
2016: 21st in the Supersport 600 World Championship

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