Toprak Razgatlioglu, the 2021 World Superbike (WSBK) world champion managed to wipe out the victory at the Mandalika Circuit, Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB). Behind the frenzy of victory, there is a piece of the story of young Toprak when he met the President Director & CEO of PT Yamaha Indonesia Motor Manufacturing (YIMM), Minoru Morimoto.
Minoru Morimoto has come to the Mandalika Circuit twice to provide direct support for the PATA Yamaha team with Brixx WorldSBK. Minoru said that the meeting with Toprak had actually been established 10 years ago.
The meeting in Mandalika was not the first meeting between the two of them, even Toprak himself reviewed it. The 25 year old rider has a strong memory of Minoru Miromoto.
“When he was the world champion in Mandalika (2021), people asked for a photo with Toprak, he said no, the main priority was to take a photo with Morimoto,” said Morimoto in the Mandalika Circuit area last weekend.
Minoru said Toprak showed him photos from 10 years ago when Toprak was 15 years old. Toprak met Minoru Morimoto in Germany in the R6 Cup competition. At that time Minoru Morimoto served as President of Yamaha Motor Deutschland GmbH (YMG).
Toprak Razgatlioglu and President Director of PT YIMM Minoru Morimoto Photo: Yamaha Indonesia Motor Manufacturing (YIMM)
“He who remembers the first photo he gave 10 years ago. Toprak is still young,” he added.
Minoru says young Toprak used to crash a lot. Well, it was unexpected that the young talent Toprak could turn into the 2021 WSBK world champion.
“We do full gas, in Turkey we say Tam Gaz, in Indonesia full gaspol. At that time he was very young, now he is world champion. He used to crash, crash, crash…” said Minoru.
“Crash sometimes it’s important, to know the limit of the bike to be stronger. So 10 years ago he crash, crash, crash.. I was a little worried, but he said “tam gazz” (not a teenager voice), now he is ” Tam Gazz” (voice after puberty) is becoming an adult,” said Minoru.
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