Quartararo: Toprak deserves to move to MotoGP, but…


Fabio Quartararo assesses Toprak Razgatlioglu deserves to move from WSBK to MotoGP. Quartararo assesses Toprak is a very talented racer, and is able to drive a motorcycle to the limit. Even so, Quartararo reminded Toprak of one thing. What’s that?

The 2021 WSBK champion, Toprak Razgatlioglu, had the opportunity to try the Yamaha YZR-M1 prototype motorbike used in the MotoGP event. Even though he has been given the opportunity to experience the M1, it is not a guarantee that Toprak will be recruited by the Yamaha team.

Toprak’s manager, Kenan Sofuoglu, has confirmed that Toprak will not move up to MotoGP with Yamaha in the near future. The Turkish national rider is still under contract with the Yamaha WSBK team until the end of 2023.

Fabio Quartararo Photo: AP/Jose Breton

On the other hand, Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP has also confirmed that Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli will duet again for the 2023 season. This means that there is no place for other riders, including Toprak.

The main Yamaha rider, Fabio Quartararo, gave his comments after Toprak tried out the Yamaha M1. Toprak is considered to have good talent, and can drive a motorcycle to the limit.

“In my opinion, he is a very talented racer,” said Quartararo, quoted from motorsport-total. “This is clear from his driving style, how he handles the bike to the limit. I remember his save at Estoril in the last chicane, I think he has what it takes to move to MotoGP,” continued the rider nicknamed El Diablo.

In the 2021 season, Toprak did look extraordinary with the Yamaha YZR-M1 superbike. He appeared consistent and managed to win the race, as well as breaking the dominance of Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki) who won this competition for years. Even so, it does not mean that Toprak will also be successful if he moves to MotoGP.

“Of course (MotoGP) it’s a completely different story compared to Superbike,” added Quartararo warned.

“During the Aragon test, he (Toprak) learned that it is a much stiffer bike and more difficult to ride. (But) if he is really motivated, he can also be a very fast rider in MotoGP.”

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