The MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship paddock will be packing its bags this weekend on the Misano track for the Emilia-Romagna stage. Champion defender Toprac Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) told worldsbkc.com about his future, his long-term goals, the track after Estoril, the fight with Alvaro Bautist (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) and his remarks on Jonathan Ry (Ducati). Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) is a WorldSBK legend.
THE FUTURE OF RAZGATLIOGLU: “I try to win many titles”
Rumors of the Turkish driver’s move to MotoGP ™ were recently stopped when it was confirmed that he no longer had a seat in Yamaha, although he would still have the opportunity to try out the Yamaha YZR-M1. Razgatlioglu talked about his future at WorldSBK and his “dream” of one day being Jonathan Ry (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK). “My dream at WorldSBK is to be like Johnny,” he admits. I will stay here and try to win many titles. Johnny is a WorldSBK legend; maybe in the future I will also be a WorldSBK legend. My dream is to stay here and try to make several crowns. I am young now, I have many more years. I started WorldSBK in 2018 and always watch Johnny because he is a legend and he is a multiple world champion with Kawasaki. He helped me every weekend. My dream after 2019 was this, because when I started fighting Johnny, I said to myself, “one day I will beat him.” We were World Champions last year, but everyone is still thinking about how to beat Johnny. We are fighting Johnny, but not like in 2021, because it is a little harder this year. Off the track we talk and respect each other. That has not changed, and that is important. We are fighting for victory on the track, we are trying to get the best results, it is normal ”
Commenting on his MotoGP experience, Razgatlioglu added: “We have a test. This test is good for me because I can try the bike to see if I like it or not, but I don’t dream about MotoGP jo because it won’t be easy next year and I’m focused on my job this season. , my season because it is very important. I have to keep the first place. I also have to win. I don’t really care about MotoGP. »
NEW COMPETITOR: Fight against Bautista…
So far, the story of the 2022 season is marked by the incredible battle between Razgatlioglu, Rea and Bautista. In the overall standings, the Spaniard is in the lead, ahead of Reu and Razgatlioglu. 2022 is the first time Razgatlioglu has fought consistently and Bautista is in the lead. “Bautista is strong, but I don’t think he’ll be like 2019,” he said. In 2019, I remember he was very strong and he went it alone every weekend. This year he drives a little calmer, because in 2019 he started to fall after 12 or 13 races. We are fighting and it is good for WorldSBK fans. Johnny and Bautista are very fast, very strong, every weekend, and we’re fighting. »
POST – STORY TEST: Evaluation of rasglioglu
After the Estoril stage, Pata Yamaha’s team conducted a one-day test on the Portuguese track to perfect Razgatlioglu and his teammate Andrea Lokatelli Yamaha YZF-R1. “We have a lot of new parts and new electronics,” says Razgatlioglu. After Asen, I felt a big step and we improved the settings. Now I feel much better. It’s good because I traveled to Estoril with my style. I said the bike felt much better. I know we will get better this weekend. After Estoril, we did a one-day test and tried new parts, a new setting, and now it’s going much better. I hope we feel even better this weekend than during the tests. We are fighting for victory again, but we will see, because after evaluating new parts, sometimes they are good and sometimes they are not. We are improving this season. The bike behaves much better; we only have a problem of grip, and after Estoril we have made great progress. I think we can still improve. »
CHANGE OF APPROACH: Change of method after Asen…
Before the Estoril stage, five-time World SSP champion Kenan Sofuoglu spoke of having “another Toprac” in Portugal. Razgatlioglu fought for his first victory of the season, but ended up conceding twice in the final lap. But what has changed in Razgatlioglu? “I’ve always focused on the first place,” he comments. I’m using # 1 and I’m still tense. I try to win the competition and be the first FP1, FP2, I always try to be ahead. After Asen, we talked to Kenan. We have adapted my training. Sometimes I train every day. Sometimes it’s not good because you’re tired. When you always ride a bike, you sometimes get bored. Now I feel much better. In Estoril, I drove like last year’s Toprak, in real Toprak style. I felt so much better because it was my first time driving. I hope to go to Misano this weekend like last year. In the first two races I felt tense because I wore # 1 and I always have to be first. After Asen I forgot my number and just tried to use it and also fight for a good position. Now I feel so much better because I’m just trying to enjoy it. ”
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