Toprak Razgatlioglu has turn into the primary rider to dethrone Jonathan Rea as WorldSBK Champion since 2015. Razgatlioglu clinched the 2021 WorldSBK Championship title with a second-place end, behind Rea, in Race 1 at Mandalika, Indonesia, this previous weekend.
Visordown experiences that he turns into the primary rider from Turkey to win the WorldSBK title, whereas Yamaha – one in all WorldSBK’s founding producers – lands solely its second, 12 years after Ben Spies gained in 2009. This previous weekend, Race 1 scheduled for Saturday was postponed to Sunday due to dangerous climate situations. This additionally compelled the cancellation of the Superpole Race.
Raceday noticed some heavy rains and an exciting battle between Rea, Razgatlioglu, and Ducati’s Scott Redding. Within the second half of the race, Razgatlioglu ran extensive at Flip 12 and was compelled to accept second — sufficient to seal the championship. The Turk’s title cost has been spectacular total however had its fair proportion of ups and downs, together with three DNFs, two of which had been attributable to technical points and the opposite due to an incident involving Garrett Gerloff at Assen.
Rea and Kawasaki have dominated the WorldSBK Championship for the final 6 years, and Razgatlioglu might convey a couple of change in momentum. That is solely his fourth season in WorldSBK racing, however Razgatlioglu has been competing on the high for some time. He’s additionally the primary rider with a junior class title — European SSTK 600 — to win the WorldSBK title.
Razgatlioglu made his WorldSBK debut in 2018 with Kawasaki, racing for the Puccetti Kawasaki staff for 2 seasons. He managed to complete on the rostrum 15 instances and in addition gained 2 races, beginning sixteenth. He moved to the manufacturing facility Yamaha staff in 2020, and the remainder is historical past.
He noticed his first win of the 2021 season solely at Spherical 3 at Misano however discovered his momentum because the season progressed, racking up a complete of 13 victories.
Jonathan Rea’s streaking might have come to an finish, however the Northern Irish racer has already established himself as essentially the most profitable WorldSBK rider of all time with a profession complete of 111 wins. We’re actually excited to see how the 2022 season shapes out.