Razgatlioglu broke the ice with his first 2023 victory, even if only in the Superpole Race. Yamaha’s Turkish rider drove intelligently in Indonesia, knowing that there was little he could do against the Ducatis, as he thought about the championship. That's why the two second places in the standard races are very important, even if Bautista already has an advantage of 37 points in the standings.
“The long race is the important one for me, not the short one. But I still won, and it wasn’t easy,” Toprak admitted. “Everyone was very fast, and the Ducatis have improved a lot. Bautista has always been fast, but now he’s even faster.”
But the Yamaha rider isn’t giving up.
“I’m going to keep fighting. I saw Rinaldi starting to slow down, and I did my best in all the laps. If he hadn’t gone long at turn ten, I would’ve passed him in the last sector where I was faster,” he explained his race. “Alvaro was fast in all the laps. I couldn’t catch up to him. We didn’t start well this weekend. I tried to find a good set-up and, in the end, the front tire performed well in race two. I was able to be fast, but not enough. After the red flag, I used the same tire, and it slid a lot in left corners. I finished second, and it’s a good result for the championship.”
Do you regret anything?
“Maybe without a red flag, I could’ve won race two, but that's how races are,” Toprak responded. “The positive aspect is that we managed to improve in each session, and we’ll see what happens in Assen.”
He’ll have to wait a month and a half, but he hopes that an old enemy will turn into a new ally in Europe.
“I think Jonathan had similar problems with the front tire, like I did yesterday. With the heat, the Kawasaki seems to struggle, but Rea is always fast. I think he’ll be fast in Assen, like he’s always been. I need Rea to battle with the Ducati. I need some help. Locatelli is also going strong. Maybe we’ll battle it out together,” Razgatlioglu concluded.