News 3 Dec 2019

Jerez test finalises Yamaha adaption believes Razgatlioglu

Turkish contender achieves positive feeling with the factory R1.

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Toprak Razgatlioglu believes he’s completely adapted to the Pata Yamaha R1 after two days of WorldSBK testing at Jerez last week.

The newly-signed Turkish rider expressed his feeling with the bike is positive, and that he was able to make big improvements throughout his time on-track in Spain.

Razgatlioglu was pipped by five-time reigning champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) for the fastest time on the opening day, while he was seventh on the timesheets during day two.

“It’s been a solid two days for me aboard the Yamaha R1 here in Jerez,” Razgatlioglu commented. “The conditions meant we were able to complete a lot of laps and test a lot of new parts on the bike, with very positive results.

“The focus here was on evaluating new components rather than chasing a fast lap, but my lap times have been consistently quick, so I’m happy about that. We had some issues with the rear spinning up out of the turns, which was losing me some time, but we managed to make a big improvement in this area this afternoon ahead of my race simulation.

“I think I’ve adapted now to the Yamaha, as my feeling with the bike is good. I leave Jerez a little bit tired after such an intensive test program, but happy with second place on the timesheet and with the progress we’ve made.”

The next test for the WorldSBK series will take place back at the Jerez circuit before moving immediately on to Portimao, from the 21-26 January.