For a number of years now, the title of Toprak Razgatlioglu has recurrently come up in discussions when attainable new recruits in MotoGP are talked about. Hypothesis a few attainable arrival of the Turk subsequent yr has nevertheless risen a notch in latest days, with a sibylline message posted by the pilot himself on his social networks.
“I’ve at all times dreamed of MotoGP. In 2023, why not.” Here’s what Kenan Sofuoglu’s protege wrote, he who has to this point been very cautious about his probabilities of becoming a member of the Grands Prix. Already courted a number of instances, Razgatlioglu had at all times mentioned he wished to remain centered on WorldSBK, no less than to win a primary title, and solely be drawn to MotoGP if he had a stable program.
Now topped in WorldSBK, the Turkish rider has seen his score develop a little bit extra within the Grands Prix paddock and his quick sentence now displays an actual curiosity on his half to discover a place on the MotoGP subject from 2023. Yamaha doesn’t want, nevertheless, not let slip his nugget and Massimo Meregalli, director of the official crew, revealed that a check was in preparation. Already thought of final yr, it had been postponed however needs to be rescheduled within the coming months. One thing to seduce Toprak Razgatlioglu a little bit extra…
“Final yr, on the finish of the season, we had deliberate a check for him on the finish of the Jerez check however then Indonesia organized the final Superbike spherical and he needed to go there”, defined the Italian supervisor in a reside on the official social networks of MotoGP, this Sunday midday from Sepang. “However this yr, based mostly on Cal’s schedule [Crutchlow, pilote essayeur, ndlr], we in all probability should discover a day that might swimsuit each his schedule and ours.”
“We have already got an agenda prepared and there are two prospects”, he specified. “One is in August and the opposite perhaps in June, however I am undecided as a result of we have already modified these prospects. As quickly as we’re prepared, we’ll determine collectively when the proper time shall be.”
Himself a former Yamaha crew supervisor in WorldSBK, Massimo Meregalli doesn’t conceal his curiosity within the new star of the championship, who managed to dethrone Jonathan Rea in 2021. “It’ll undoubtedly be attention-grabbing, after which he actually deserves to have this chance as a result of what he did final yr was, in my view, unimaginable. I am curious to see him in an M1, and never solely me. “
So if it is solely a matter of time earlier than we see Toprak Razgatlioglu driving a MotoGP for a check, what about his racing dedication? By evoking the date of 2023 himself, he concedes that his present contract in WorldSBK could possibly be damaged, however we are able to suppose that it’s by remaining within the Yamaha household that this may be facilitated. We keep in mind that, final yr, he prolonged his dedication with the Iwata model for 2 seasons.
If he had on the time refused to compete within the first Grands Prix as a substitute for Franco Morbidelli throughout his convalescence, the Yamaha satellite tv for pc crew might this time be the perfect construction to welcome him. Morbidelli is certainly already engaged with the official crew for 2023 and Fabio Quartararo is on the prime of the model’s record to finish the line-up. The RNF crew, then again, might supply a manufacturing unit bike, just like the one at present entrusted to Andrea Dovizioso.
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