2023 Misano World Superbike FP2 Result: Bautista Lays Down The Law
What motivates a rider? Winning championships, winning races, and making money are three big factors that go into the decision-making process. The news that Toprak Razgatlioglu will leave Yamaha at the end of this season has left more questions than answers about what motivates the Turkish star.
The paddock rumour mill in Catalunya centred on a proposed move to BMW. It’s fairly sure that there will be more than a million reasons why he chose the German manufacturer. Toprak is a unique rider in many ways. His motivation has always been to be a Superbike star, and while he has recently flirted with the prospect of a move to the MotoGP class, the chances of that are limited.
His Yamaha MotoGP test didn’t go as well as he had hoped. Arriving to Jerez to find a bike that, rumour has it, didn’t quite fit his frame left him feeling that the chips were falling against a move to the premier class. That test could have proved crucial to Toprak deciding to leave Yamaha. Having seen that the Japanese manufacturer didn’t back him to the hilt he might have felt slighted. That’s the feeling that led him to leave Kawasaki in 2019 to switch to the blue bikes.
The Suzuka decision
Toprak Razgatlioglu has officially announced that he will be leaving the Yamaha WorldSBK team and joining BMW in the World Superbike series.
World Superbike standings after the second race in Barcelona:
World Superbike race two started under indecisive weather. Twenty laps that were at risk of rain with a starting temperature of a cool 22ºC. The weekend attendance was 32,140.
World Superbike standings after the sprint race in Barcelona:
The weather threatened to make a difference at the World Superbike Superpole race on Sunday morning. Eric Granado wouldn't start as he was ruled unfit after a concussion he got in his red flag crash and Oliver Konig would miss out after fracturing his ankle in his race crash yesterday. Danilo Petrucci was retroactively disqualified from yesterday's race for not wearing a chest protector. The air temperature was a cool 19ºC and the morning had a couple of drops of rain.
World Superbike standings after the first race at Barcelona:
World Superbike race one was twenty laps of the long Catalunya circuit under a hot 27ºC Spanish sun. Scott Redding had a three place penalty for slow riding on the racing line.