It’s a situation that particularly annoys a Kenan Sofuoglu who manages Toprak Razgatlioglu’s career with an iron fist in a velvet glove: while his colt is the reigning WSBK World Champion, he has not yet won the slightest victory after three meetings already completed in this 2022 season. An event which is greatly desired for this weekend at Misano by the Turkish clan and all the more so as the promised test in Aragon is now fast approaching on the M1 to assess what a Toprak would give in MotoGP…
And for this discovery session, arriving as a winner is always a favorable position that frees the mind. Because the title defense mission does not go as planned for Toprak Razgatlioglu. The changes made to the Yamaha R1 in winter did not turn out to be a philosopher’s stone, and the competition became stronger. Jonathan Rea seems to have worked better on his Kawasaki and has a 35-point lead after three games. On his side, Alvaro Bautistaback at Ducati, also shines with its regularity and speed and even scored 57 points more than the Yamaha hit by the statutory No. 1.
In order to close the already large gap, Razgatlioglu needs nothing less than wins. But so far he hasn’t scored any in the 2022 Superbike World Championship. That’s one of the reasons why Yamaha completed a day of testing after the WSBK weekend at the Autodromo do Estoril. ” We made good steps in Estoril announces the Turk. ” First in racing and also in testing. Thanks to the team for this test, it was good for me and for the bike “said the pilot of 25 years a few days before the fourth meeting of the season.
” After two weeks of training at home, I am looking forward to Misano, a track that I really like. The Estoril trial was very positive because we were able significantly improve rear grip, which was a problem on the last lap. The team and Yamaha are working on improving the R1. Lately, I was able to ride more like I’m used to, it was very tight and I enjoyed the races. We scored good points for the championship, but now I hope we will fight for victory again at Misano “.
” Toprak Razgatlioglu loves the Superbike paddock. If it was his choice, he would stay in WorldSBK”
One year ago, Razgatlioglu had taken two second places and a victory at Misano. In his team Yamaha, there is no doubt that all this is just a setback. His team leader Phil Brown comments: ” in the first two motos, we weren’t able to brake as late as Toprak wanted. At Estoril we managed to correct that aspect of the bike so even if it lost on the straight it could recover under braking. By fixing the speed issues on corner exit, the straight-line gap isn’t that big. That’s our goal, which is to try to get out of the turns as cleanly as possible to give him a motorcycle that brakes as late as he wants and which is as stable as possible to try to reduce the gap “.
” We all know there’s no need to panic, it’s the worst thing we could do » adds Phil Brown on WorldSBK.com. ” We just have to keep doing what we’re doing and we’ll be fine. In my opinion, there is still no need to press the panic button! We just have to sit down and keep making sensible and logical decisions: it’s the best thing we can do “.
And he ends on this MotoGP test: “ Toprak loves the Superbike paddock. If it was his choice, he would stay in WorldSBK because he loves this paddock… If he gets the chance, I’m sure he’ll take it. He adapts very quickly and so I think he can fly anything. He would get away with it very quickly » concludes Phil Brown. ” He has incredible feeling with the front tire so I’m sure he’ll get the most out of this package if the opportunity arises. “.