Video: Holy MOLY! Kenan Sofuoglu hits 400KMH (248.548mph) over a bridge on a H2R!
Check out this brilliant bit of video – showing the most successful World Supersport rider of all time, Kenan Sofuoglu, hitting 400kmh on a H2R across a bridge.
The Turkish rider had been expecting to go for the record at the opening of a new bridge across the Gulf of Izmit, 50km away from Istanbul and had to make the run at 5am when weather conditions were at their best.
The WorldSSP Championship leader rode a Kawasaki Ninja H2R for the record attempt, complete with winglets, and had a special leather suit made. Because of a risk of a tyre blowout Kenan had to get the bike up to the 400kmh mark in less than 30 seconds, the record was then broken just after dawn, two days before the official opening ceremony for the bridge.
He said: “I reached 400kmh, the maximum speed that this motorcycle could have, after a long four months of training.
“When I asked for the motorcycle in 2015, Kawasaki said its maximum speed was 380kmh, and I made small changes to the motorcycle – keeping its original settings – and did not modify it. I reached 390kmh in my last trials and today I beat this and reached 400kmh.
“I was planning to do this speed attempt for the opening but we had to catch the best weather conditions and so we did it at 5:00 am. The top speed we get to in the world championship races is about 300kmh, so 400kmh is a really high speed. It was a dream to reach this speed and thank god I made it. I currently hold the top place in the World Championship, and my next dream is taking the World Champion title for the fifth time.”
It’s a good job that the bridge was closed, Kenan has a tendency to get a bit physical with other bikes near him at speed… ahem…
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