Turkish young gun Toprak Razgatlioglu will be partnering with Michael van der Mark.
In case you missed out, Yamaha Motor Europe has announced that it has signed Toprak Razgatlioglu for the 2020 FIM Superbike World Championship. Razgatlioglu claimed his first WorldSBK race victory in Magny-Cours during the weekend. He will be racing alongside Michael van der Mark in the Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team for 2020.
Hailing from Turkey, the 22-year-old has secured his first top-three finish of the season at the Italian WorldSBK round in Imola. He managed to clinch the podium win every race after that.
Eric Seynes (President, Yamaha Motor Europe)
“Toprak Razgatlioglu is the most exciting young rider in WorldSBK and I’m both happy and proud that he will race for Yamaha in 2020. When you consider Toprak’s progression this year, only his second in WorldSBK, his prodigious talent is obvious, but so is his warrior spirit. Like his teammate for next season, Michael van der Mark, he’s a rider who always finds that little bit extra on race day and is prepared to push to the limit to overcome any obstacle,” says Seynes as quoted from Yamaha Racing.
“We saw that clearly in Magny-Cours, where he came from the sixth row of the grid to claim his first WorldSBK race win. We have also seen this season that Yamaha has closed the gap to our rivals on track and I’m excited to see what Toprak can do on our Yamaha YZF-R1 in 2020. With Michael and Toprak I think we will have one of the strongest and most dynamic rider line ups on the WorldSBK grid next year.”