Turkish motorcycle champion retires from active sports career
IMOLA – Anadolu Agency
After taking part in the qualification rounds of the 5th World Supersport Championship in Imola, Sofuoğlu told a press conference that he would end his active sports career.
Afterwards, Sofuoğlu’s sponsor Kawasaki Pucetti organized a celebration for the 33-year-old sportsman.
Speaking to state-run Anadolu Agency, Sofuoğlu said his team organized a “very beautiful” event for him.
“I would like to thank everyone who supported me here. It was a great day for me,” he added.
Sofuoğlu’s interest in motorcycle racing began in 1996 when he watched his older brother riding two-wheelers.
In 2003, at the age of 16, he began participating in competitions.
In 2007, he won the Supersport World Championship, a motorcycle racing competition on paved surfaces.
After his 2007 win, he became a Kawasaki rider in 2013, and won his third title the same year. In 2015 and 2016 he won two more titles.
Last October, he suffered a hip injury during a qualifying session of the 2017 World Supersport Championship in France.