Toprak Razgatlioglu took the lead in the Superbike World Championship after an almost perfect round at Donington Park. As a result, in Assen, the Pata Yamaha rider will defend his championship lead for the first time, having two points ahead of Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki).
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The Turk admitted in the preview that now that he is against him for the first time in a YZF-R1, the layout may be different for him: ‘ I like the Assen track, but it seems like many years have passed since I drove there! So this year it might look new, and it will also be new for me with the Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK as I have never ridden the R1 there. It was disappointing to fail last year due to the coronavirus, but now we can go back. I liked the circuit in the past, but as I said, I have never ridden there until now with the R1. But it was the same at Donington and it wasn’t a problem! ‘.
As a result, Razgatlioglu is confident about his chances of winning the Netherlands round: ‘ I think I will be able to compete again for a good position, and the goal is always to compete to win, but we’ll see. I like the Netherlands as a country and we will try to be in the best position as ever and we will see what is possible during the races ‘.