Jerez WorldSBK test: Razgatlioglu already at sharp end with R1 - Bikesport News

Jerez WorldSBK test: Razgatlioglu already at sharp end with R1

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Toprak Razgatlioglu’s second Yamaha experience of the winter delivered him to runner-up spot on the timesheets – albeit set on day one – after two dry and sunny days at Jerez.

It was an improvement in every way from his initial Aragon experience for the Turkish rider. He is a proven race winner in this category, but now making a big change from Kawasaki to Yamaha for the next season.

And at Jerez he was riding a Yamaha R1 that was a hybrid of 2019 and new 2020 homologation parts.

“Motorland was not so easy because of the team was new and the bike too,” Razgatlioglu told “But, I felt the bike was very good because it was very easy to turn. I put in a Q tyre and I have much more feeling. This bike has very good turning and the lap time is coming very easy with the Q tyre.”

There is still work to do for Toprak and his crew, as he makes a transition to a bike with a cross-plane crankshaft and different characteristics compared to the more conventional ‘screamer’ Kawasaki engine and chassis package.

I need again more laps because I need to adapt the bike. Under hard braking it is not easy to stop the bike, but now I am feeling much better. This bike is good.”

Only Yamaha test rider Niccolo Canepa was on a full 2020 tech package at Jerez, but that did not mean Razgatlioglu and his team-mate Michael van der mark were not working on 2020 material at all.

“Now we are trying different parts for 2020 because we need to improve the rear shock and front suspension; we are trying that now,” said Toprak. “It is not possible for me to push for a lap time at the end, but it is OK. The test has not been bad. I think we are developing not just for Michael, not just for me, it is the same.”

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