"Don't drive us crazy!" Erdoğan teases motocross champion Sofuoğlu after breaking speed record

DAILY SABAH
Published 01.07.2016 00:15
Updated 01.07.2016 00:25

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan joked Kenan Sofuoğlu after the motocross champion broke the land speed record on the newly built Osman Gazi Bridge on Thursday.

"Don't drive us crazy," the President told the champion. "You are riding towards the sea, God knows maybe you don't even know how to swim," he teased Sofuoğlu.

The professional Turkish motorcycle racer, who holds the highest number of Supersport World Championship titles, reached 400 kilometers per hour on the newly constructed Osman Gazi Bridge, prior to its opening ceremony.

According to reports, Sofuoğlu made the crossing by special permission from authorities in early in the morning, when weather conditions were favorable.

''I reached 390 km in my previous attempts, and today I reached 400 km,'' Sofuoğlu told the Anadolu Agency, and continued by saying that he had initially planned to break the land speed record during the official opening of the bridge, but weather conditions were not favorable to do so.

He also thanked President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Minister of Transportation Ahmet Arslan, the engineers working at the bridge's construction and everyone else for giving him the opportunity to break such record.

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