In Yamaha, the demands of the best riders are identical despite not evolving in the same category. A situation that speaks volumes about the mechanical crisis that an Iwata factory has to manage, whose deadlines are now clearly identified. And that will have to be respected, after missing the 2022 match. A joker that can only be played once.
From Philip Island which closed the 2022 WSBK season, and at the same time as the whole motorcycle speed campaign of this year, the Yamaha rider Toprak Razgatlioglu it has become fashionable Fabio Quartararo MotoGP version stating: ” Yamaha won’t be making a new R1 next year, but we are working hard because we will have new components. In mid-December we will do a first test and I firmly believe in my work group “. Then he adds: I hope we will improve, especially at the engine levelbecause Yamaha has guaranteed me that we will have a more powerful one “.
The tuned brand will therefore have to show its know-how in terms of engine in both Grand Prix and Superbike. Otherwise, your reputation will inevitably be tarnished. Even the Turk evaluates his season like this: in all the races this year I have always tried to fight for the win. The biggest problem was the start of the season. That’s why I’m no longer champion this year. 2022 allowed me to learn a lot during this season and I understood the direction to take “.
Toprak Razgatlioglu: I don’t know what to expect from Gardner at Yamaha”
Unlike the French with the M1 who gave the answer to the Ducati from Bagnaiathe Turk never had any illusions about the Panigale V4R of the same brand asAlvaro Bautista. A difference that Kenan Sofuoglu’s protégé translates as follows on GPOne: ” I’ve never found much confidence, especially with the hard tyre. But I’m convinced that next year I’ll be ready, because we’ll do some tests and I’ll understand tire management better. “.
Since we are talking about 2023, Toprak thus welcomes the two new pilots of the clan Yamaha in WSBK, or Dominique Aegertertwo times consecutive world champion in WSS on R6, e Remy Gardnerdirectly from MotoGP and the Grand Prix he left behind with a Moto2 World Champion title: “ I think Dominique will be strong, because there isn’t a big jump between R6 and R1. Furthermore, it has a style that is well suited to Superbikes. Proof of this is Locatelli, who after the victory in SSP proved to be fast also in SBK. I don’t know what to expect from Gardner because MotoGP is different from SBK and we will see that in the tests “. Tests that will take place in December.