MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi talks about World Superbike (WSBK) racing. Rossi regretted Jonathan Rea, who spent his entire career in the mass-production motorcycle racing event. Rossi also commented on Toprak Razgatlioglu who was top-top with Yamaha in WSBK.
Not only MotoGP racing, WSBK racing this season also presents an exciting spectacle. Jonathan Rea who won this championship in six consecutive seasons is trying to be shaken by Toprak Razgatlioglu’s dominance.
Currently Toprak is even the leader of the 2021 WSBK standings and is 24 points away from Rea who is stalking in second position. Until the end of the season, there are still 100 points left for both of them to fight for.
“For me, it’s a good fight in WorldSBK. It’s one of the best fights in recent years because you have two leading riders who are always there and always very close. It’s difficult to say (who will win WSBK this season),” said Rossi. , quoted from Motosan.
Valentino Rossi also highlighted Jonathan Rea’s career, which was only smooth in WSBK. Rea himself had appeared in MotoGP in 2012. At that time, Rea joined the Honda Ten Kate team. He was then given the mandate to replace Casey Stoner in two racing series (MotoGP San Marino and MotoGP Aragon).
“It’s a shame Rea didn’t spend five or six years in MotoGP, he has the potential to go fast. And maybe still strong until now,” Rossi continued.
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Rossi also commented on Toprak Razgatlioglu’s moncer performance this season. Toprak is the hope for WSBK fans to ensure this race remains competitive and is not dominated by one manufacturer. Yamaha last won the WSBK in 2009 with Ben Spies.
For its impressive performance, Toprak will be given the opportunity by Yamaha to experience a prototype motorcycle. The Turkish rider will test the Yamaha YZR-M1 in the pre-season test later.
“He is still young, physically he is very ready and he has great control of the bike, that is no doubt his strength,” said Rossi.