Toprak gets a taste of MotoGP with Yamaha Aragon


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SBK World Champion Toprak Razgatlıoglu got his first taste of the Yamaha MotoGP YZR-M1 on Tuesday during a one-day test at Motorland Aragon.

Fresh off his first victory of the season at Misano, the Turkish star finally got his hands on the MotoGP machine for 40 “positive” but very hot laps on the Spanish circuit with Briton Cal Crutchlow in the box as a benchmark.

“It was my first day on the Yamaha M1 MotoGP bike and it was completely different from my R1,” Razgatlioglu confirmed after the day’s excitement.

“More power, different electronics, a transparent gearbox, all this is completely new to me. With each lap I was learning more, because after the world superbike it is not so easy to adapt at the MotoGP machine.

The 25-year-old started the day with a 12-lap race to gain an understanding of the bike and Michelin tyres, completing shorter races thereafter as the Yamaha MotoGP test team made setup adjustments based on their comments and analysis. Datas.

“Luckily, I had Cal Crutchlow on hand to advise me and he was able to help me a lot,” he continued. “The bike feels good, especially on the straights where it’s very fast, and it was interesting to experiment with the carbon brakes.

“Conditions were really hot today so we just did five or six laps after the first 12 lap to get a first feel on the bike. When I watch the MotoGP bikes on TV here at Aragon, you can see it’s a little bumpy, and I can feel it here today, it’s not that bad, you have to keep the gas open to get through the bumps, because if you close it gets more unstable.

“Overall a very positive test, although it was cut short by rain this afternoon which prevented me from completing as many laps as I would have liked. I really enjoyed riding the MotoGP bike, a big thank you to Yamaha for giving me this opportunity.

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