SBK, Razgatlioglu: "Sofuoglu's dream is seeing become a champion, I'll make it come true"

"After 2015, I thought about the Supersport, but Kenan told me: 'I want you in the Superbike.' I felt a lot of pressure in Australia. Getting immediately on the podium helped me."

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There's no shortage of reflections in view of the championship starting again, and one of these concerns is where the Toprak-Razgatlioglu duo and Yamaha will go. Their first time out was undoubtedly exciting, especially for the victory in race 1, which helped the Turkish rider shake off a good deal of pressure.

“In Phillip Island, I really felt a lot of pressure on me," Toprak explained in an interview with worldsbk.com,"since I was starting a new adventure. But getting on the podium immediately helped me overcome the tension. The first thing I noticed about Yamaha was the excessive hardness of the suspensions that, once lightened, they made me take a great first step forward. Now, in general, I feel really good on the bike."

Toprak's move to Yamaha was the most important market move last season. A difficult decision for Razgatlioglu, who spares no words for his former Team Principal, Manuel Puccetti.

“I often talk to Puccetti. He's really a good guy. It wasn't easy to change teams after five years, but being in an official team was a priority. I had two options, namely Yamaha and Kawasaki, but along with Kenan (ed. Sofuoglu), I chose the first one."

Sofuoglu's essential role in Toprak's success is well known, but the Yamaha rider told an interesting anecdote.

“I've always listened to Kenan and continue to do so, since he's a five-time world champion. After racing and winning in the Stock600, I wanted to go to the Supersport, but Kenan told me: 'My dream is to see you race and win in the Superbike', so I did two seasons in the Stock1000, and then I went to the Superbike. I listened to him, and I got here."

Toprak concluded talking about his relationship with religion, in particular, about the month of Ramadan.

“From 10 pm to 4 am, you can eat and drink as much as you want but, for the rest of the day, you have to fast. The last hour before eating again is always demanding. It seems never-ending," he said laughing. "On race weekends that take place during Ramadan, I eat normally and then start again the Monday that follows."

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Translated by Leila Myftija

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