Kawasaki awaits 2022 WorldSSP title challenge from Can Oncu | Superbikes of the world

Can Oncu heads into the 2022 WorldSSP season with championship aspirations handed to him by team boss Manuel Puccetti.

Oncu, who will be playing in his third WorldSSP campaign this season, has yet to taste victory in the intermediate class. However, the former Moto3 race winner has been very impressive in 2021 as he has climbed three podiums on machines that are particularly disadvantaged compared to world champions Yamaha.

Dominque Aegerter (2021 world champion), Steven Odendaal, Manuel Gonzalez, Jules Cluzel and Randy Krummenacher have won 20 of 21 races between them for the Japanese manufacturer, while Raffaele De Rosa took Kawasaki’s one and only victory at the the last race of the season in Mandalika.

With Ducati and Triumph back in the series in 2022, as well as MV Agusta bringing a revamped F3 800 machine, wins could be even harder to come by for Kawasaki.

But that said, that hasn’t stopped Puccetti Kawasaki team owner Manuel from expecting a title charge from Oncu, who should he deliver such a season or even a year where he fights for wins consistently, so a move to WorldSBK could be beckoning. for the 18 year old.

Oncu has just completed the first pre-season test of 2022 which took place in Jerez – finished second both days behind Niki Tuuli.

“Can [Oncu]of course, is one of the riders who we believe will challenge for the championship this year,” Puccetti told the official World Superbike website. “This is his third season on the Kawasaki and we have really high expectations. from him.

“Today was a very good day for him. We did a lot of laps and he had his best time at this track today. [Jerez].

“He found a very good package and a very high level of confidence. He tested a lot of things including new brake discs and brake pumps and many other improvements on the bike. I think the bike did a good job. not.”

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