Razgatlıoğlu in Aragon with the M1: “Positive test”

MotoGP Toprak Razgatlıoğlu Test Aragon Yamaha M1 – Reigning Superbike World Champion Toprak Razgatlıoğlu completed his first ever outing on the Yamaha YZR-M1 during a private test at the MotorLand Aragón circuit.

After taking his first win of the 2022 season at Misano, the Turkish rider switched from his Yamaha R1 to the YZR-M1, covering 40 laps on the Teruel track in muggy conditions. The long straight between turns 15 and 16, along with a combination of fast corners and slower sections, allowed Razgatlıoğlu to experience all aspects of the Yamaha YZR-M1’s performance.

The 25-year-old started the day with a 12-lap run to deepen his knowledge of the bike and Michelin tires, later completing shorter runs, while the Yamaha MotoGP Test Team made changes to the bike’s set-up based on feedback from Razgatlıoğlu. Helping Ril Turk gain confidence and speed on the Yamaha YZR-M1 was Yamaha MotoGP test rider Cal Crutchlow, whose lap times were used by the 2021 SBK champion as a benchmark during testing. Unfortunately, testing was halted due to a heavy downpour ahead of the late afternoon session, which did not allow Razgatlıoğlu to further improve on his promising starting pace.

Toprak statement Razgatlıoğlu Test Aragon Yamaha M1

“This was my first day on the Yamaha M1 MotoGP and it was completely different from my R1. More power, different electronics, seamless shifting, all of this is completely new to me. I learned more with each lap, because after superbike it’s not so easy to adapt to the MotoGP bike. Fortunately, I had Cal Crutchlow on hand to offer advice and he was able to help me a lot. The bike feels good, especially on the straight where it is very fast, and it was interesting to try the carbon brakes. The conditions were really hot today, so we limited ourselves to just doing five or six laps after the initial 12 laps to get a first feeling with the bike. When I watch the MotoGP bikes on television here in Aragon it is a bit bumpy and I felt it again today. It’s not that bad, you have to keep the throttle open to get over the bumps, because if you close it becomes more unstable. Overall, a very positive test, even if it was interrupted by rain this afternoon, which means I didn’t do as many laps as I wanted. I really enjoyed riding the MotoGP, thank you very much to Yamaha for giving me this opportunity ”.

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