World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish motorcycle rider Kenan Sofuoğlu who finished second in the Portuguese Grand Prix on Sunday, which was enough for him to win the 2012 Supersport World Championship, has said that he is the first rider to win the championship three times.
Speaking at a press conference in İstanbul after arriving in Turkey on Tuesday, Sofuoğlu told reporters that he was very happy to bring the championship to his country.
“This is my third championship. There is no one else that has been crowned champion three times in the Supersport World Championship. There are two that won the top spot twice. So I hold the record for now,” he noted.
“I can't say it was the most difficult season I have ever had. The most difficult one was in 2010. But I have had far more problems this year than in previous years. I had to undergo three operations. The injury I had on my knee was giving me a hard time during my trainings,” he said.
Talking about his goals in the future, Sofuoğlu said that he is going to race in the Supersport World Championship one more year, and that he has other plans for the following years.
Saying that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called him following his victory, Sofuoğlu said the prime minister congratulated him and asked about his health condition. “It was an honor that our prime minister is so interested in sports. He even knows about the young athletes that are being trained,” he noted.
Although Sofuoğlu came in second in the Portuguese Grand Prix, it was enough for him to be crowned the 2012 champion with a race still to go.
Sofuoğlu claimed his third Supersport World Championship by finishing behind French rider Jules Cluzel.
Sofuoğlu previously won the World Supersport Championship title in 2007 and 2010, which is unprecedented for a rider from Turkey, a country that had never seen internationally acclaimed riders before the Sofuoğlu family entered the scene.
Exports stay flat at $12.5 billion in July after trade falls amid EU-Moscow fallout and warring in neighboring Iraq.
Today's newspapers are covering new legislation to end domestic violence, an emotional on-air interview by a UN official in Gaza and the death of a prominent Turkish musician.
A 3,000-page report on Turkey’s 'parallel state' probe into alleged espionage and illegal wiretapping finds irregularities in intercepting phone conversations.
Turkish PM Erdogan said the 'cries of innocent children killed by Israel will not remain unanswered'.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses Fethullah Gulen's Hizmet Movement of attempting to run a 'parallel state' to undermine the government.
On Tuesday, Red Crescent delivered three shipments of medical supplies to Gaza.
From Thursday Turkish nationals living abroad will be able to use ballot boxes in the countries where they live.
Turkish dailies reported Thursday on the latest developments of the operation in Istanbul and other cities against police officers and officials in the wiretapping probe, along with the latest clashes in Israel and Palestine.
Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said Israel is committing 'atrocities' in Gaza.
Gallup World Poll says while 60% of ethnic Turks are satisfied with Erdogan's leadership, this rate hits 67% among ethnic Kurds.
'No award is more important than the lives of our Palestinian brothers,' says Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu
The arrested police officers include Yurt Atayun, former chief of Istanbul’s anti-terror police department
When they reached Gaza, the three shipments were received by the Palestinian Red Crescent
A letter released by Erdogan's office called on the U.S. group to condemn the Israeli government's policies
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the bombardment of Gaza was 'killing humanity'
Neither Israeli's nor Egypt under Al-Sisi are willing to get aid to help the Palestinians in Gaza, says Erdogan.