Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 221: Toprak Seizes Control Of WorldSBK In Donington

Though MotoGP is on its longest summer break in years, WorldSBK is here to carry the load through the summer. And last weekend's round of World Superbikes at Donington Park helped shake up the championship, with Toprak Razgatlioglu taking over the lead from odds-on favorite Jonathan Rea. As usual Steve English and Gordon Ritchie gather to compare notes on the weekend.

The state of the championship is where Steve and Gordo start, asking if this is a sign of Jonathan Rea's stranglehold on the WorldSBK title being broken at last, or whether the 6-time world champion's crash was just a slip up, and whether Razgatlioglu is capable of challenging Rea consistently. They also discuss BMW's strong weekend, with podiums for both Tom Sykes and Michael van der Mark, and they take a look at the difficulties Ducati faced at Donington Park, and what it means for the title chances of Scott Redding and Michael Ruben Rinaldi.

The news that Toprak Razgatlioglu had signed up with Yamaha for two more years also marked the start of silly season for WorldSBK, and Steve and Gordo discuss the Yamaha rider's decision to stay in WorldSBK rather than switch to MotoGP, and they run through the options for the other riders and teams. Will Yamaha make any changes to its teams? What happens with Honda? Will Scott Redding stick with Ducati, and will Ducati stick with Scott Redding?

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