Kenan Sofuoglu has outlined his plans for Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with BRIXX WorldSBK) with the Turkish sensation set to compete for the next two seasons in the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship WorldSBK.
According to Sofuoglu, who won the FIM Supersport World Championship five times and also manages Razgatlioglu, Toprak will stay in the Superbike Championship, despite interest of some MotoGP teams.
Some rumors say that after Maverick Viñales decided to leave Yamaha at the end of 2021, Toprak or even Garret Gerloff could take his place in MotoGP.
“We’re talking to some MotoGP™ teams who are interested,” said Sofuoglu in an interview with SPEEDWEEK.com. “I told them that we weren’t very interested in going to the MotoGP™ World Championship now. Our goal is to stay in the World Superbike Championship. Almost every brand has made Toprak an offer for next season, I talk to everyone, not just Yamaha. I will probably make the decision this week. What I can already say: We are not going to the MotoGP™ World Championship, Toprak will compete in the Superbike World Championship for the next two years.”
Razgatlioglu has enjoyed a stellar start to his 2021 campaign, racking up an impressive seven podiums in the nine races so far including victory last time out at the Misano World Circuit ‘Marco Simoncelli’.
The results leave him just 20 points behind reigning Champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) in the riders’ standings as the battle for supremacy in 2021 starts heating up.
The championship standings are as follows:
- Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki) – 149 points
- Toprak Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) – 129 points
- Scott Redding (Ducati) – 104 points
- Alex Lowes (Kawasaki) – 88 points
- Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Ducati) – 82 points
- Garret Gerloff (GRT yamaha) – 59 points
- Michael Van Der Mark (BMW) – 52 points
Finally, the WorldsBK Superbike World Championship, returns from July 2nd to 4th, with the round of UK, at the Donington Park track.
For more info, access the WorldSBK website.