The opportunity for Toprak Razgatlioglu to join the Yamaha MotoGP team has certainly been closed. However, Yamaha will still give the Turkish rider the opportunity to try out the sensation of riding a MotoGP motorbike, the Yamaha YZR-M1.
Next season Yamaha will only rely on two riders on the MotoGP stage. Because their current satellite team, RNF Racing, has resigned from Yamaha and will cooperate with Aprilia as an independent team in the 2023 season.
Managing Director of Yamaha Motor Racing, Lin Jarvis, said that Yamaha had no other option next season but to race with two riders. Yamaha will not create a satellite team because there is no alternative.
RNF Racing owner Razlan Razali Photo: Yamaha
“We will only have two bikes on the grid next year. As I have said, until now we have always had a satellite team,” said Lin Jarvis, quoted from Crash.
The departure of RNF Racing from Yamaha also had an impact on many things, one of which was the failure to realize Toprak Razgatlioglu’s dream to join the Yamaha MotoGP team.
Yamaha itself is almost certain to extend the contract of Fabio Quartararo who has performed brilliantly this season. In addition, Yamaha also still does not want to part with Franco Morbidelli even though he has been very poor this season. Thus, there are no rider slots on Yamaha.
However, Yamaha will still give Toprak an opportunity to test the YZR-M1. This is a form of appreciation to Toprak because he won the 2021 WSBK.
“The meaning behind the test was his interest in trying out a MotoGP bike. Second, it was a bit of a gift from Yamaha for his championship last year and his continued commitment with Yamaha for the future,” said Jarvis.
“So, I think the biggest target for the test remains the same. Relax, enjoy this test, and feel the sensation of the MotoGP bike, to feel what it will be like if he chooses to move (to MotoGP) in the future,” he continued.
“But obviously, the absence of a satellite team (next season), however, means we have no place (for Toprak), because we only have two bikes in the factory team,” said Jarvis.