He has done it! After a long season battling with rival Jonathan Rea, Toprak Razgatlioglu has managed to clinch the 2021 FIM Superbike World Champion at the Indonesian finale. His magnificent performance throughout the 2021 season also helps Yamaha and Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK securing the Manufactures’ and Teams’ titles.
Razgatlioglu sealed the title in this morning’s first race at the Mandalika International Street Circuit, finishing second after another memorable battle with rival Jonathan Rea, whose victory was not enough to take the fight down to the final race. Razgatlioglu becomes Turkey’s maiden WorldSBK champion and Yamaha’s first since 2009 with Ben Spies, while the 25-year-old is also the first rider to win the title having also won a support category (2015 European Superstock Championship).
It has been a remarkable WorldSBK season for Yamaha as Razgatlioglu ending the campaign on 13 wins, 29 podiums and three pole positions. The #54 rider has finally achieved his dream to be on top of the WorldSBK grid.
“For me not an easy season, I think the same for all riders. But we are champions. I don’t know what to say, but it’s a special day for me. Not easy races for me today, I tried my best and in the end we came out on top. It is not easy, because there were many races, many moments, but we tried our best and it’s good to be here. Johnny is a WorldSBK legend, a six-time champion and he’s good in the wet condition, the dry, every race. He helped me when I started, he is a good guy and we are friends off the track. I never changed my mindset and I just focused on the win every weekend. Congratulations to all riders, everyone tried their best. The season is over now, and it’s good to see Yamaha champions again for the first time since 2009. This title is for my dad, it has been an incredible day, he always said that one day we will see you as world champion, so I say again this is for him. I want more next season, I want to fight again and I will try every race to win.”
Credited to Yamaha, Yamaha Racing