The MotoGP 2023 dream has taken off with Yamaha!

(Motorsport-Total.com) – Yamaha cannot offer a motorcycle to World Champion Superbike Toprak Razgatlioglu for the 2023 MotoGP season. From next season, Yamaha will only have two bikes instead of four in the field. At the MotoGP weekend in Mugello, the RNF team announced that it would end its collaboration with Yamaha after the current season (in the background).

Yamaha can’t offer Toprak Razgatlioglu a place for 2023 MotoGP

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Razlan Razali’s team has agreed to a two-year contract with Aprilia, with an option for another two years. Thus Yamaha is losing its only customer team and will most likely only send two factory machines to the start in 2023. No place for Razgatlioglu as Franco Morbidelli has a contract until the end of 2023 and Yamaha is in agreement with MotoGP champ Fabio Quartararo.

The Razgatlioglu Yamaha M1 is scheduled to test in Spain in June. The test serves to give Turk a first impression of the MotoGP machine. It is also a kind of bonus for the Superbike World Championship.

Franco Morbidelli

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Yamaha-Rennleiter Lin Jarvis kann dem Ausnahmekönner aus Alanya aber kein Motorrad anbieten, selbst wenn der Test sehr zufriedenstellend verläuft: “Die Nachricht, kein Satelliten-Team zu haberen, hat zur Folzir wolge hab. to have.”

Will Toprak Razgatlioglu face a fate similar to that of Jonathan Rhea?

In October, Toprak Razgatlioglu celebrates his 26th birthday. Should Yamaha stop the superstar talent in the MotoGP for another year, Razgatlioglu will already be 27 years old if he gets promoted to the First Class in the 2024 season. Then the risk will increase that the career will take a path like Jonathan Rea.

Jonathan Ria

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Jonathan Rea got a chance to drive Honda’s Casey Stoner works at Misano and Aragon races in the 2012 MotoGP season. Conditions were tough, with Rhea going back and forth between his Superbike World Championship Honda Fireblade and MotoGP’s Honda RC213V from weekend to weekend.

With a top 8 result, the Briton pulled off the case impressively. But he never got the chance to show off his skills on a MotoGP bike again. In the World Superbike Championship, Rhea won six consecutive titles from 2015 to 2020.

Jonathan Rhea hopes Toprak Razgatlioglu gets a chance

We spoke to Rea about the future of Razgatlioglu and asked what advice he would give a Turk. Riya is convinced that it would be better for Razgatlioglu to be promoted as soon as possible. And Rea doesn’t say that until you have a lower discount.

“Obviously there’s a lot of hype around his future. I hope he makes it to MotoGP. He’s one of those riders who can make that move and be competitive in MotoGP. It might show that World Superbike is the potential to switch to MotoGP,” explains Rea in an exclusive interview with Motorsport-Total.com website.

In the current WSBK season, Toprak Razgatlioglu could not win yet

“Unfortunately, I never had that opportunity,” laments Ria, who appears stronger with his Kawasaki team this season than Razgatlioglu with Yamaha. But Rhea has not yet written off the Turks: “I don’t see him showing weakness. Sure, he hasn’t won a race yet. But that’s not because of his performance. Alvaro is doing very well and we’ve also managed to improve.”

Alvaro Bautista, Jonathan Rea, Toprak Razgatlioglu

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“I didn’t analyze the Toprak closely and was more self-centered. But from my own experience I can say that number 1 can be a liability. It’s a big number to wear on your bike. It totally manages to disguise itself,” says Rhea.

“When I watch Toprak, I can see that he has reached the limit compared to last year. But on the other hand, he has always been at the limit. That was the case last year when he won races,” the record champion admits.

A place in a motorcycle factory team is a basic requirement

Will Razgatlioglu face a similar fate if the MotoGP bid fails in 2023? “I love Toprak, I really love him a lot. He is one of my toughest competitors on the track. But apart from that he is a nice person. I recommended him as a friend to take a chance. He deserves it,” advises Ria competitor to switch to MotoGP as soon as possible.

Jonathan Rea, Toprak Razgatlioglu

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Razgatlioglu manager and former racer Kenan Sofuoglu sees a place on one of the factory teams as a prerequisite for promoting MotoGP motorcycles. Rea has a different opinion on this: “It doesn’t matter if it’s the customer team or the factory team. It has to change. You need the right people around you. They have to believe in you. Toprak and his manager make a very great team. A strong bond.”


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“Sure, I’m one of his biggest opponents. But if he goes to MotoGP and does a good job, that’s good for the World Superbike Championship,” notes Rhea, who has never made it to MotoGP. “I don’t have a problem with that because I’ve had a great run in the MotoGP World Superbike Championship,” he comments.

How compatible is the MotoGP bike with the Toprak Razgatlioglu’s riding style?

Razgatlioglu himself would first like to find out how the character of the MotoGP car, with its Michelin hard tires and brute carbon brakes, fits into his style.

The World Superbike Champion said: “This test is very important to me because I have to understand whether I like this bike or not. The bikes in MotoGP and in the World Superbike Championship are completely different.”

Toprak Razgatlioglu

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Yamaha WSBK Team Manager Paul Denning is closely watching how this process develops. If Razgatlioglu leaves the Superbike World Championship, Denning will need a new rider.

“It would be a positive for the World Superbike and Yamaha racer development program if he moved to MotoGP. But like anything there are pros and cons. From a selfish point of view, we hope he rides for us again next year.” , explains the head of the Turkish team.

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