WSS: Sofuoglu aims for 250mph in H2R record attempt

1 of 1

Kenan Sofuoglu will attempt to break the 400kph barrier (248.5mph) on his Kawasaki H2R at the opening of a bridge near Istanbul.

The four-time World Supersport champion will make the attempt at the opening of the Izmit Bay Crossing as it is opened for the first time by the Turkish Prime Minister at the end of this month.


Sofuoglu has already been testing with the supercharged H2R, achieving a top speed of 396kph. The Turkish star will need to hit the speed within 30 seconds to avoid risks of the Pirelli tyre delaminating. 

“I want to try the attempt at the opening of Osman Gazi Bridge. We spoke on the phone with our President and he gave his support for this speed test,” said Sofuoglu. “I need to reach 400km/h in under 30 seconds. Afterwards it poses a risk of rupturing the tyre so prior to this, we will apply the cooling method. We will also prepare a special leather suit. I have been working for 3 months for this record, and it will not be easy.”

Looking to buy your own bike? Visit

Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing