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Toprak Razgatlioglu ‘not thinking about WorldSBK title’ as double win sharpens Most bitterness

Toprak Razgatlioglu, Pata Crescent Racing Yamaha, Yamaha R1, 2023 WorldSBK, Magny-Cours, portrait, celebration, podium [Gold & Goose]

Toprak Razgatlioglu says he won’t think too much about the 2023 WorldSBK Championship title despite his double win at Magny-Cours taking another sizeable chunk out of Alvaro Bautista’s advantage.

The Pata Yamaha rider has been the man in form in recent rounds with victories at Donington Park, Imola and Most seeing him reduce what was a 99 point advantage to the Aruba Racing Ducati rider.

It was an advantage he eroded further in France with two wins around the venue where he scored his first-ever WorldSBK wins on the Puccetti Kawasaki in 2019.


Despite Bautista stemming the loss with victory in the final race of the weekend, Razgatlioglu has reduced the margin to 57 points with three rounds to go.

It is a margin that might well have been as low as 27 points had the Turk carried on to victory in Race 2 at Most and not been forced to retire with a dramatic rear tyre delamination. As a result, Razgatlioglu is not giving too much thought away to challenging for the title.

“I’m happy to win again at Magny-Cours as it is one of my favourite tracks! We won like last year and, in the same way by fighting with Michael [Ruben Rinaldi]! 

“Anyway, a big thanks to the team as they were working really well this weekend and we made a step. It’s not enough to just be good when braking, we need more power on the exit of the corner, especially from the slow ones. 

“Everyone knows the Ducati is so good on the straights, but we’ll keep fighting! I saw Alvaro had some technical problems; I’m not thinking about the Championship, I’m focused race by race as I need to win. 

“I forget about the Championship. I’m more relaxed than Alvaro because I’m not thinking in the Championship. If we win every race, we’re World Champions. In 2021, that was how I thought and it’s how I still think. We’ll just try to enjoy every race.”

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