News 23 May 2023

Razgatlioglu departs Yamaha in favour of BMW for 2024

Former champion to seek fresh challenge from next season.

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The BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team has signed Toprak Razgatlioglu for the 2024 Motul Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK), confirming the former champion’s exit from Yamaha.

BMW will become the third manufacturer Razgatlioglu has raced with in WorldSBK, following on from Kawasaki and Yamaha, when he links up with the team from next season onwards.

“Toprak is undoubtedly one of the best riders in the field at the moment, which he not only proved by winning the 2021 world championship title. He’s not just a fast motorcycle racer, he’s also a great personality off the track. We are convinced that Toprak will settle into the BMW Motorrad Motorsport family very quickly. We are looking forward to our collaboration and to our future together.”

Razgatlioglu will have spent four seasons with Yamaha by the time his contract ends at the end of this year and so far he has won 33 races and taken a total of 93 podiums in WorldSBK career, 31 and 78 of which respectively were with Yamaha while the remainder came when he was with Puccetti Kawasaki in 2018 and 2019.