Team Kawasaki Pucetti Elf
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 taken the crown of the discipline three 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, there 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 landed a new title the following season.
After a difficult passage in Moto2 where he never found his feet, Kenan went back in 2012 to successfully conquer a third Supersport title riding a ZX-6R for the Italian Lorenzini team. Engaged in 2013 to fly the flag of the new Indian Kawasaki Mahi team and supported by the Japanese firm, Sofuoglu was unfortunately injured and had to hand over his crown to Brit Sam Lowes. When Sam left for Moto2, the Turkish rider was a favourite in 2014 to win a fourth Supersport world champion title. Fortune decided otherwise. Injured, 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 seven pole positions, nine podiums and six wins, Sofuoglu only left the crumbs to his opponents. Soon to be 34 years old, he will be seeking a sixth world champion title this season.
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
Date of birth: 22 July 1997
Place of birth: Nottingham, England
Kyle Ryde was an early rider. As proof, in 2011 he was crowned youngest champion in the history of the UK 125 cc Championship. That same year the Brit made his debut on the international stage in the MotoGP Rookies Cup. After training in the Minimoto School after starting to race at the age of six, riding a Yamaha PW50, Kyle raced in various categories before finding his path in the Superstock 600 Cup. British champion of the discipline in 2014 at the age of just sixteen, he then logically moved up to Supersport, immediately riding in England and even finishing third in the world championship leg in Donington to which he was invited as a wild card. Last year, Kyle was given a place to ride the entire Supersport World Championship with the Ranieri Med-SC Racing team. Unfortunately the team had to throw in the towel during the season, leaving the English rider high and dry. Now a teammate with Kenan Sofuoglu in the Kawasaki Puccetti team, Kyle Ryde this year will have all the resources he needs to show his real potential.
2016: 25th in the Supersport World Championship
2015: 19th in the Supersport World Championship
2014: UK Superstock 600 Champion
2011: UK 125 cc Champion
2003: Debut in Minimoto
Date of birth: 28 June 1997
Place of birth: Ravenna, Italy
After racing in the Italian Championship and the Junior 600 Cup, Michael Canducci begins this year in the Supersport 600 World Championship alongside Kenan Sofuoglu and Kyle Ryde. The promising young Italian rider made a name for himself last year by scoring two great victories in Italy, but also by replacing Australian Aiden Wagner in the GRT Racing team for the last four races of the Supersport 600 World Championship season. Although he failed to score any points, Canducci was good enough to convince Manual Puccetti to let him ride one of his Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6Rs for the 2017 season.
2016: 4th in the Italian Supersport 600 Championship, took part in his first races in the Supersport 600 World Championship
2015: 32nd in the European Superstock 600 Championship
2014: 33rd in the European Superstock 600 Championship
2013: 5th in the European Junior Cup