Kenan Sofuoglu signs Moto2 deal

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Double World Supersport champion Kenan Sofuoglu will ride in the 2011 Moto2 world championship having signed a permanent deal today in Valencia.

The Turkish rider has agreed a deal with the Technomag-CIP squad having impressed on his Moto2 debut in Estoril last weekend.

He was drafted in by the team for the final two races following the tragic death of Japanese rider Shoya Tomizawa at the Misano round back in early September.

Sofuoglu finished fifth in Portugal last weekend and qualified in an impressive sixth place on the grid for tomorrow’s final round in Valencia. 

He revealed to MCN earlier that he turned down several offers after his Estoril performance, including an opportunity to ride the Gresini Moriwaki machine that Toni Elias dominated the 2010 campaign on.

He will partner Swiss rider Dominique Aegerter in 2011 and he said: “I am really excited about racing in Moto2. I had an offer in my hand from every top team after the Estoril race, including the world champion team.

"But I have been with world championship-winning team in World Supersport with Ten Kate and I wanted to be involved a team that I could bring to the top. When I agreed to sign the guys were virtually jumping all over and this is what convinced me I had made the right decision.”

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt