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Sofuoglu earns permanent Technomag ride for 2011

Sofuoglu earns permanent Technomag ride for 2011

The Turkish rider will compete full-time in the Moto2 class next season with the French team, with whom he is competing in the final two rounds of the 2010 season.

Kenan Sofuoglu’s impressive World Championship debut last weekend in Portugal has led to a permanent deal with the Technomag-CIP team for 2011, which was confirmed on Saturday evening at Valencia.

The 26 year-old, who finished fifth in his first GP at Estoril and has continued his exciting form this weekend at Valencia, received a number of offers for next season thanks to his outstanding introduction to GP racing. However, Sofuoglu explained in an interview with motogp.com that he turned them all down to remain with Technomag on a full-time basis after they handed him the chance to step onto the World Championship stage in these final two rounds of 2010.

“I’m very happy because I believe I’ve made the right decision,” said Sofuoglu. “I had a very interesting offer from the World Championship winning team, Gresini, and I was very close to having a deal with them, but finally I signed with this team. It wasn’t about what I got offered, it was about how I worked with the team and how they want to work with me. I also did the last two races with this team, and they are very exciting when I’m in the garage.”

He continued: “I believe this team has the potential to win the title. I have seen it because I’ve ridden the bike at Estoril and here (Valencia), and I took this decision because I see a team that is very hungry to win the Championship. I also want to say thanks to all the teams who made me offers to me, but finally I made a decision which came from the heart, to stay with this team.”

Sofuoglu is confident he can challenge for the title in his first full season in the category, adding: “Now a new story starts. I want to fight for the title in 2011 and I believe I have the potential.”

Focusing on Sunday’s race at Valencia, he concluded: “I’m confident about the race, and I think we can fight for the win or the podium and I hope to take my first GP podium.”

Tags:
Moto2, 2010, GRAN PREMIO GENERALI DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA, Kenan Sofuoglu, Technomag-CIP

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