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Toprak Razgatlioglu Unveils: Yamaha’s Lack of MotoGP Aspirations for Him Leads to BMW Switch

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Toprak Razgatlioglu discloses everything: "Yamaha lacked a strategy for advancing me to MotoGP"

Toprak Razgatlioglu has disclosed that Yamaha did not possess a definitive strategy for elevating him to MotoGP.

Following his first WorldSBK championship victory in 2021, Toprak Razgatlioglu was offered the opportunity to ride a Yamaha MotoGP motorcycle.

However, the trial didn't quite meet expectations, leading Yamaha to decide against progressing with Razgatlioglu for their MotoGP lineup.

Razgatlioglu subsequently replicated his success with the Japanese team in WorldSBK, moving on to BMW, where he has quickly claimed victory in three out of nine races at the start of 2024.

Disclosing the details of the events at the Jerez test, Razgatlioglu shared with Motorsport-total, "Conversations about the seat configuration had taken place prior to the test. Typically, Yamaha offers three distinct seat options. However, upon my arrival at the test, I found the motorcycle unchanged."

"I've completed my rounds. My tire options were limited as well. I adhered to that.

"I initially hadn't intended to keep riding beyond the initial day. I had a conversation with Kenan [Sofuoglu], and he mentioned that it would be respectful to Yamaha to continue."

"Every aspiring rider harbors a dream. Their ultimate goal is to pilot a MotoGP bike someday."

"Having the opportunity to go through that has brought me immense joy."

Nonetheless, Razgatlioglu departed from Jerez with a sense of disappointment towards Yamaha, revealing that they lacked any strategy to support his transition to MotoGP.

"Razgatlioglu mentioned that Yamaha had no intentions of advancing him to MotoGP," he elaborated. "They were not interested in renewing my contract, leading us to initiate discussions with BMW."

"I've put my signature down and I'm extremely pleased. It's a fresh challenge and my motivation is higher than ever."

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