Four-time World Supersport champion Kenan Sofuoglu has reached 400km/h (249mph) on the Kawasaki H2R, the track-only version of the supercharged sportsbike.
The Turk reached the speed in just 26 seconds on the closed Osman Gazi suspension bridge, about 50km southeast of Istanbul.
“When I asked for the motorcycle, Kawasaki said its maximum speed was 380km/h and that their dream was to reach 400km/h,” Kenan says.
“The first time I rode it, I felt its huge power and speed, and I made small changes to the motorcycle – keeping its original settings – and did not modify it.
“I reached 390km/h in my last trials and today I beat this and reached 400 km/h.”
Kenan normally reaches top speeds in a WSS race of around 300km/h, so it was all new for the most prolific WSS racer of modern times.
The recently completed 2682m suspension bridge is the fourth longest in the world. It sits 234m above the Sea of Marmara in the Gulf of İzmit and Kenan had to wait for low-wind conditions to achieve his mark.
After several trial runs, he achieved his run in the still of the early morning.