Razgatlioglu took Yamaha to its first WSBK title in over a decade last year, coming to the top in a season -long battle with Rea that ended with a thrilling showdown in Indonesia.
Although the Turkish driver has a contract with Yamaha’s WSBK squad until the end of the 2023 campaign, he is consistently associated with a MotoGP move with the Japanese brand next year.
Indeed, he will test the Yamaha M1 in a specially organized test in June, which Yamaha MotoGP leader Lin Jarvis said was held with the aim of evaluating him for the 2023 race seat, despite the possibility with a satellite team.
Sixth WSBK champion Rea has followed closely with Razgatlioglu to star and the two were also part of the same Kawasaki squad that won the Suzuka 8 Hours title in 2019, before the Turkish driver joined Yamaha fold at WSBK next year.
Although the two are fighting hard for the 2021 title, and are sometimes sparring verbally on the track, Rea told the German edition of Motorsport.com that she wants to see Razgatlioglu get a chance to show off her speed at next year’s MotoGP.
“Hopefully he can move into MotoGP because he’s one of those people who can make that move and be competitive,” said Rea, who made two MotoGP appearances for Honda in 2012 but never got a full-time seat. shows there is a stepping stone from Superbike to MotoGP. “
“Unfortunately I never had that opportunity. There was nothing wrong with that [staying in WSBK]. I have a wonderful career here.
“But personally, I like Toprak, he’s one of the toughest competitors on the track but he’s really good. I told him [last year]‘if you get the chance, learn from my experience and go’.
“He’s going to do a great job. A lot of the riders in this paddock have talent and can do a good job. So I’m just saying, if you get the chance, go there, whether it’s a private team or whatever.
Toprak Razgatlioglu, Pata Yamaha WorldSBK, Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing Team WSBK
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“If he has the right people, who trust and give his time, he can be strong. I hope Toprak and his manager Kenan [Sofuoglu] have the right strategy.
“I’m one of the biggest competitors, but if he can come in and do a good job, then the Superbike also looks really good.”
Rea does not see Razgatlioglu as “less good”
Razgatlioglu and Yamaha have yet to win a race at this year’s WSBK due to resurgent challenges from Rea and Kawasaki as well as a returning combination from Alvaro Bautista and Ducati.
The Turkish rider is 51 points behind champion Bautista, and 35 points in second place Rea after nine races starting this year.
However, speaking before the third round of the season in Estoril, Rea suggested it would be wrong to discount Razgatlioglu from the title fight, rejecting suggestions that he was underperforming.
“From experience, I know number 1 [plate] heavy, “said Rea.” I’m pretty ok to forget, forget the background noise. But he is one of the youngest people, with a lot of hype about the future.
“I don’t see him as‘ grounded ’ [this year]. He hasn’t won yet, but I don’t think he’s really lacking. Bautista has been great and of course we are also improving this year.
“I see him as usual. When I see him on the track, he’s a lot better than last year, but even last year when he won, he definitely had a limit.