Toprak, when do you want to go up to MotoGP?


Toprak Razgatlioglu did not close the door on moving up in the MotoGP class. This Turkish rider still wants to race in World Superbike (WSBK) until 2023.

With the remaining contract with Pata Yamaha until 2023, Toprak is predicted to continue racing in WSBK next year. Toprak’s chance to enter MotoGP could coincide with Franco Morbidelli, whose contract also remains until 2023.

“For MotoGP, it’s too early to talk about it. Because I now have a contract with Yamaha (at WSBK). But we’re also happy to be back next year, and we’ll see in 2024, I’m also starting to think about MotoGP in 2024,” said Toprak when found at the Pertamina Mandalika Circuit, Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara.

Toprak Razgatlioglu and Andrea LocatelliInterview with Toprak Razgatlioglu and Andrea Locatelli Photo: Ridwan Arifin

Meanwhile, Toprak has already tested the YZR-M1 with Yamaha this year, at the Aragon Circuit to be precise. Even though he only got 40 laps and was interrupted by the rain, he admitted that he learned a lot.

Interestingly, Toprak was able to set a new record using a superbike at the Mandalika WSBK 2022. His time record is almost the same as that of the YZR-M1.

Quartararo was once the fastest at the Mandalika Circuit. The French rider recorded a time of 1 minute 31.067 seconds during the qualifying session at the 2022 Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit.

While Toprak also set a new record. Toprak achieved a lap time of 1 minute 31.371 seconds during the superpole. The 1 minute 31.371 lap time record also broke Toprak’s previous record at the 2021 Mandalika WSBK, which was 1 minute 34.288 seconds.

“Okay then, I’ll just race in MotoGP using a superbike,” Toprak responded jokingly.

“No, no… that (record) is only one lap, not many laps. But also when MotoGP came here the circuit was still new. Now it is also cleaner, I think MotoGP will be able to record better times,” he added.

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