Kenan Sofuoglu is a multi-time World Supersport Champion who is now retired and who takes Turkey’s succession very seriously. He has his hero who is a WSBK title and his name is Toprak Razgatlioglu. Due to his great talent, his age of 25 and also his nationality, he is of great importance for MotoGP. Yamaha is happy to have him in the ranks, but Toprak doesn’t crack under the sirens’ song. His senior and manager watches over his business and he has beaten Yamaha coldly this winter break by blowing icy phrases meaning that this MotoGP story will not happen without beautiful and great guarantees. Enough to complicate a lingering transfer market, which is already very agitated…
In the MotoGP transfer market with a view to 2023 and beyond that, it is a name that was not yet on the front line, although it was placed. It is about Toprak Razgatlioglu, that’s his manager Kenan sofuoglu reminded the good memory of a factory Yamaha who is thinking about his arrival in the Grand Prix. An ambition that the Turk has just calmed the passion with a point of view that could be qualified as rigid …
So it is becoming increasingly clear that if the Superbike World Champion Toprak Razgatlioglu was scheduled to advance to the MotoGP World Championship in 2023, this would only be under certain conditions. The manager Kenan sofuoglu in an interview on Speedweek is persistent:I have already spoken to Yamaha, they are very interested in Toprak in MotoGP for the future“said Kenan the Terrible.”But one thing is very clear: this can only happen if Toprak continues to win races in the World Superbike Championship in 2022. If Yamaha makes us, then? an offer for the factory team, we will think about it. And only then. It’s not like we’re dreaming about MotoGP, Yamaha knows that too. We don’t ride for a B-team either, but only for the factory team.“.
Sofuoglu: “it’s not like we dream of MotoGP, Yamaha knows it“
The MotoGP World Champion’s contract Fabio Quartararo expires after the 2022 season, while the Japanese automaker has already extended until the end of 2023 with Franco Morbidelli. “Even if Yamaha offers us a place on the factory team, I’m not sure“, marked Sofuoglu, himself a five-time champion in the Supersport category.
“I will be very careful with Toprak’s career. I don’t want to make a mistake and thus destroy his good feelings. He’s enjoying the race a lot now, I don’t want to break that. Razlan Razali has already asked us several times for next season, but we are not interested. I made it clear to him that only the factory team was considered for us“.
Razgatlioglu is expected to test the Yamaha M1 for the first time in 2022, possibly even during one of the official tests. The shakedown test in Sepang will take place from January 31 to February 2, followed by the tests of February 5 and 6 at the same track in Malaysia and February 11 to 13 on the new Mandalika circuit in Indonesia, which Toprak already knows perfectly. The 2022 MotoGP World Championship will start in Qatar in early March.