The Turk, 2021 SBK world champion, will leave the Japanese company at the end of the 2023 season to sign for the German giant
spin, Toprak Razgatlioglu will leave the yamaha at the end of the 2023 season. After four seasons and a world title won in 2021, the Turkish driver from the Iwata company has decided to “face new challenges”: starting next season, in fact, he will race with BMW, still in series-based derivatives. It is possible that the relationship between razgatlioglu and the Japanese brand cracked after testing in the M1 carried out in Jerez, although the Turkish rider only gave words of thanks: “I want to thank the entire Yamaha family for the love and respect they have shown me. Winning the world championship was my dream when I signed “With Yamaha and together we achieved that goal. For the next season I feel I need a new challenge. There was an opportunity in MotoGP but I didn’t have the same feeling with that bike that I have with a Superbike. If I stay in WorldSbk I will need a new goal, a new ambition. I regret leaving Yamaha, both the house and the people, as we have a very good relationship, but change is part of the sport and it is normal for any professional. So many Thank you. You go to the Yamaha Motor Company, Yamaha Motor Europe, Yamaha Motor Turkiye, the Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK Team and especially my group, all of them have worked very hard for me.”
Razgatlioglu and Yamaha
Toprak Razgatlioglu he comes riding the Yamaha YZF-R1 in 2020 earning immediately race 1 to phillip island. Also in 2020, the Turk achieved two more victories in theestoril. But it is with the thirteen successes and 29 podiums won in 37 races in 2021 that razgatlioglu puts an end to the streak of world titles won by jonathan reaKawasaki Racing Team WorldSbk, returning to the Japanese manufacturer the world title that it had been missing since 2009, the year in which it triumphed ben spies. In 2022 fourteen victories allowed a razgatlioglu to close the season behind the world champion alvaro bautista. Also in 2022 he beat the Turk noriyuki do as the most winning pilot of the supermotos with yamaha thanks to 27 hits. In the end, razgatlioglu has 31 victories with yamaha and 47 podiums, in addition to having carried out two tests MotoGP with the Japanese house. Before joining Yamaha, razgatlioglu he spent two seasons with Kawasaki in the team Kawasaki Puccetti Racing conquering fifteen podiums in two years riding the ZX-10RR. In 2019 she won her first race in the Circuit of Nevers Magny-Coursstarting sixteenth in race 1 and then it is repeated in the super pole race. this season a Mandalika he won super pole race and, so far, he has added eleven podiums in twelve races.
These are the words in BMW press release, which does not specify which of its current riders is destined to make way for the Turk between Scott Redding and Michael Van der Mark: “A warm welcome to the BMW Motorrad Motorsport family to Toprak Razgatlioglu – words of Markus Schramm, head of BMW Motorrad: We are very happy to welcome him to our team of WorldSBK factory riders starting next season and proud that Toprak has chosen BMW: it is a step forward for our project and a strong commitment for BMW Motorrad Motorsport in World Superbike.” Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “Toprak Razgatlioglu is one of the best riders at the moment, he showed it by winning the 2021 Superbike title, plus he is fast and has a great personality off-track. We are convinced Toprak will fit the bill. very quickly into the BMW family; we look forward to working together.”
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