Razgatlioglu in MotoGP: Clear conditions for Yamaha

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Should Superbike world champion Toprak Razgatlioglu switch to the MotoGP World Championship in 2023 and stay with Yamaha, then only under certain conditions. His manager Kenan Sofuoglu speaks plain language.

After Maverick Viñales left for Aprilia and Franco Morbidelli was promoted to the works team at an early stage, Yamaha race director Lin Jarvis and team owner Razlan Razali Toprak Razgatlioglu would have liked to see WITHU Yamaha RNF in the MotoGP World Championship as early as 2022. The 25-year-old Turk and his manager Kenan Sofuoglu repeatedly made it clear that Toprak initially wanted to triumph in the Superbike World Championship. As is well known, he then fixed the first title in the near-series world championship on November 21 at the SBK final on the Indonesian island of Lombok. The MotoGP officials at Yamaha couldn’t wait that long, at which point the first pre-season tests in Jerez had already been completed.

We now know that Razgatlioglu will test the Yamaha M1 for the first time in 2022, possibly even during one of the official tests. The shakedown test in Sepang is from January 31st to February 2nd, followed by the tests on 5th / 6th. February on the same track in Malaysia and from February 11th to 13th on the new Mandalika Circuit in Indonesia, which Toprak already knows very well. The MotoGP World Championship 2022 will start in Qatar at the beginning of March, and the SBK season will start in Aragon at the beginning of April.

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Toprak Razgatlioglu on the way to the 2021 world title

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Toprak Razgatlioglu on the way to the 2021 world title

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Toprak Razgatlioglu on the way to the 2021 world title

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Toprak Razgatlioglu on the way to the 2021 world title

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Toprak Razgatlioglu on the way to the 2021 world title

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Toprak Razgatlioglu on the way to the 2021 world title

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Toprak Razgatlioglu on the way to the 2021 world title

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Toprak Razgatlioglu on the way to the 2021 world title

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Toprak Razgatlioglu on the way to the 2021 world title

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Toprak Razgatlioglu on the way to the 2021 world title

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Toprak Razgatlioglu on the way to the 2021 world title

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Toprak Razgatlioglu on the way to the 2021 world title

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Toprak Razgatlioglu on the way to the 2021 world title

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Toprak Razgatlioglu on the way to the 2021 world title

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Toprak Razgatlioglu on the way to the 2021 world title

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Toprak Razgatlioglu on the way to the 2021 world title

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Toprak Razgatlioglu on the way to the 2021 world title

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Toprak Razgatlioglu on the way to the 2021 world title

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Toprak Razgatlioglu on the way to the 2021 world title

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Toprak Razgatlioglu on the way to the 2021 world title

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Toprak Razgatlioglu on the way to the 2021 world title

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Toprak Razgatlioglu on the way to the 2021 world title

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Toprak Razgatlioglu on the way to the 2021 world title

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Toprak Razgatlioglu on the way to the 2021 world title

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Toprak Razgatlioglu on the way to the 2021 world title

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Toprak Razgatlioglu on the way to the 2021 world title

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Toprak Razgatlioglu on the way to the 2021 world title

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Toprak Razgatlioglu on the way to the 2021 world title

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Toprak Razgatlioglu on the way to the 2021 world title

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Toprak Razgatlioglu on the way to the 2021 world title

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Toprak Razgatlioglu on the way to the 2021 world title

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Toprak Razgatlioglu on the way to the 2021 world title

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Toprak Razgatlioglu on the way to the 2021 world title

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Toprak Razgatlioglu on the way to the 2021 world title

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Toprak Razgatlioglu on the way to the 2021 world title

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Toprak Razgatlioglu on the way to the 2021 world title

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Toprak Razgatlioglu on the way to the 2021 world title

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Toprak Razgatlioglu on the way to the 2021 world title

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Toprak Razgatlioglu on the way to the 2021 world title

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Razali would love to see the Superbike World Champion 2023 in his WITHU racing team. In an exclusive conversation with SPEEDWEEK.com, Sofuoglu gave this request an unmistakable refusal.

“I’ve already talked to Yamaha about it, they have great interest in Toprak racing in MotoGP in the future,” said Sofuoglu. “But one thing is very clear: This is only possible if Toprak continues to win races in the 2022 Superbike World Championship. When Yamaha makes us an offer for the factory team, we’ll think about it. And only then. It’s not that we dream of MotoGP, Yamaha knows that too. We won’t be racing for a B team either, but only for the works team. “

MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo’s Yamaha contract ends after the 2022 season, Franco Morbidelli has already extended it for 2023.

“Even if Yamaha offers us a place in the works team, I’m not sure,” emphasized 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 thereby destroy his good feeling. He’s really enjoying racing at the moment, I don’t want to ruin that. Razlan Razali has already asked us several times about the next season, but we are not interested. I made it clear to him that we would only consider the works team. “

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