Less candidate for Petronas Motorcycles team. The Malaysian side could have two places to go for the 2022 season, as Franco Morbidelli is likely to succeed Maverick Vinales in Yamaha’s official squad and it is increasingly likely that Valentino Rossi will retire. The names of two Yamaha representatives at WorldSBK, Toprak Razgatlioglu And the Garrett GerloveSo, brand leaders in the category are mentioned even reluctantly to let them go.
Razgatlioglu has already been contacted by SRT to replace the injured Morbidelli at Assen but the Turk has rejected an offer to stay focused on the WorldSBK title quest, so he is currently in second place, and in the end it was Gerlov who drove M1 to Assen. Razgatlioglu’s desire to focus on Superbike was confirmed as he extended his contract with the official Yamaha team for two more seasons, until the end of 2023.
“Yamaha has become a family and I am really happy to sign for another two years.”Turkish pilot says. “I think we’ve improved the bike a lot since arriving in the 2020 season so it was an easy decision. We’re fighting for the title this year, we’re very close to the top and I think I’m surrounded by the best possible people to achieve my goal with. Le Bata Yamaha team with the BRICS.”
Thus, Razgatlioglu’s access to MotoGP is ruled out in the short term, and his priority will be to hunt for the title in his current championship: “I love the WorldSBK circuit and am happy to ride there. I might be thinking about MotoGP in the future, but for now I’m totally focused on getting the job done at WorldSBK.”
Andrea Dussoli, responsible for the Yamaha Motor Europe two-wheeled competition, is pleased with “good relation” With Toprak Razgatlioglu since the 2020 season, making the extension of the agreement a formality: “The decision to continue the collaboration between Toprak and Yamaha Motor Europe for the next two seasons came much earlier than expected and we are convinced that the best is yet to come, and that together we can fight for the WorldSBK title.”Director announces. “I really appreciate Toprak’s confidence in Yamaha, I thank him and can guarantee that we will do everything in our power to achieve our high goals.”