The 2021 WorldSBK Champion will get his hands on a Yamaha YZR-M1 machine in a test according to Team Manager Maio Meregalli
Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) is set to test the Yamaha MotoGP™ machine in June or August according to team boss Maio Meregalli. Razgatlioglu won the 2021 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship in 2021 after a stunning season-long battle with rival Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) and will return to defend his crown but will also get a chance to try the Yamaha YZR-M1 machine.
Yamaha enjoyed huge success in 2021 as they claimed the Riders’ Championship in MotoGP™ with Fabio Quartararo at the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP™ squad as well Razgatlioglu in WorldSBK with Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK. At the Sepang Test where MotoGP™ have been getting ready for the 2022 season, Meregalli, Team Director at Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP™, discussed Razgatlioglu’s upcoming MotoGP™ test.
Speaking to MotoGP.com, Meregalli said: “Last year, at the end of the season, basically at the end of the Jerez test, we planned a test for Razgatlioglu. But then Indonesia held the last WorldSBK race, and he had to fly over there. This year, based on calendar clashes, we have to find one date that could suit his calendar and our calendar. It will be interesting and also he really deserves to have this opportunity. What he did last year, for me, was amazing and I’m also curious to see him on an M1. We already have a schedule ready and there are two possibilities: one is in August and the other one is maybe June, but I am not sure because we have already changed this possibility. As soon as we’ll be ready, we will decide together when the right moment will be.”
Razgatlioglu’s 2022 WorldSBK campaign starts with a two-day Portimao test this week before racing begins in April. The Turkish star will be hoping his season gets off to a strong start before jumping on the Yamaha YZR-M1 machine in the summer to get his first taste of MotoGP™ action.
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