Can Oncu switches to WorldSSP with Turkish Racing

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Turkish Moto3 star Can Oncu will switch from the MotoGP paddock to join the Turkish Racing squad in the 2020 WorldSSP.

The youngest-ever GP winner (15 years and 115 days) will join the Italian team and aim to return Turkey to the front of the World Supersport Grid.

The new team comes as a collaboration between Puccetti Racing and Orelac Racing, while Kenan Sofuoglu and the Turkish Motorcycle Federation have also supported the move.

“I’m really pleased to have this great opportunity to race with the Turkish Racing Team in the Supersport world championship,” said Oncu.

“My thanks go to Kenan Sofuoglu, Manuel Puccetti, the Turkish Motorcycle Federation and sponsor Red Bull, who have all contributed to this project.

I cannot wait to get to know my team, and particularly the bike, as I’ve never ridden a 600. It will be a totally new experience for me, but I’m very confident because I know I can count on the help and experience of Sofuoglu, Puccetti and my team.

“My aim is to become the youngest rider to ever win the Supersport title. I’ll use this first season to learn, before setting out to fight for the title the following season.”

Only 16, Oncu has had a glistening career in a very short space of time, with him starting off in the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup in 2016. Finishing ninth in his first year before achieving third a year later, Öncü also competed in the Red Bull Rookies Cup in 2017, also finishing third and taking four race wins in each Championship.