The twelfth and final WorldSSP round of the 2023 season has concluded today at the Circuito de Jerez Angel Nieto in Spain. Kawasaki Puccetti Racing rider Can Oncu has continued with his physical rehabilitation this weekend, placing twelfth in yesterday’s Superpole session and eleventh in Race 1.
Today the young Turk was back out for the final race of 2023, which got underway in the late morning and was scheduled to run over 17 laps. Oncu made a good start, which allowed him to work his way up through the field. He would probably have continued to do so if the race hadn’t been brought to a half after a crash for another rider caused damage to an air fence. The race was restarted but reduced to seven laps, with Oncu making a very fast start and able to maintain a strong pace. In the space of very few laps, the Kawasaki Puccetti Racing rider moved up into third place. Gritting his teeth considering that he is not yet fully fit, the Turk was able to hold his position all the way to the line to score a podium finish. A fantastic result that repays Can for all the sacrifices he has made to return to racing and Kawasaki Puccetti Racing for having always supported him the best it could.
Circuito Angel Nieto – Jerez de la Frontera – Spain
Supersport World Championship
Race 2 – 1) Bulega (Ducati) – 2) Manzi (Yamaha) – 3) Oncu (Kawasaki) – 4) Huertas (Kawasaki) – 5) Caricasulo (Ducati) – 6) Debise (Yamaha)
“My arm is not 100% but I can do this job and I am very happy to take a podium here. I have so many thanks to say. Kenan Sofuoglu pushes me hard and Manuel Puccetti pushes me hard. Even sometimes when I feel like I will give up Kenan says to me that I can do much better. I think this podium is the result of this. I knew that finishing P10, P12 is not my place, but I was thinking that I could not do more. They told me I could. I listened to a story from early in Kenan’s career and all night I was thinking about it. I am so happy to be back on the podium after such a long time. I will work hard in the winter to make myself stronger. Naturally, I thank everyone at Kawasaki Puccetti Racing for what they have done for me this season.”