November 26, 2022

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Yamaha reveals challenger for title defence

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Razgatlioglu introduced to an conclusion a six-calendar year operate of dominance in WSBK for Kawasaki and Jonathan Rea by prevailing over the Northern Irish rider in a thrilling championship battle last 12 months, also ending a title drought for Yamaha in the generation-centered series relationship again to 2009.

This calendar year, the Turkish rider will carry the coveted #1 plate as he seeks to replicate that achievement aboard his will work Crescent Racing-run R1, with the team revealing its 2022 livery in a start function on Thursday.

“My staff has completed remarkable perform more than the winter season and I have relished testing all the developments,” mentioned Razgatlioglu. “The new R1 WorldSBK appears remarkable and we are ready to begin the new period.

“I generally say, my approach is the exact in this championship: to struggle for race wins each and every time. I are unable to wait around to trip my bicycle this 7 days in Barcelona, we will keep on to work on the race bundle and check out to strengthen after pretty excellent checks in Aragon and Portimao.

“It will also be superior to see our opposition for 2022, but our concentrate is inside of the Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK pit box for these final times before the to start with race.”

 

Razgatlioglu is the moment yet again flanked in the manufacturing facility Yamaha squad by final year’s prime rookie Andrea Locatelli, who concluded his debut period fourth in the riders’ standings with 4 podiums to his identify.

Also revealing their 2022 colours on Thursday was Yamaha’s satellite GRT staff, which goes into a new season with an unchanged line-up comprising third-12 months American rider Garrett Gerloff and sophomore Kohta Nozane, the 2020 All-Japan Superbike champion.

Gerloff (down below) will be aiming to strengthen on a bruising 2021 year that yielded only two visits to the podium and seventh in the standings, while Nozane will also hope to much better a rookie marketing campaign that highlighted a very best outcome of seventh en route to 14th in the championship.

 

The two the works Yamaha crew and GRT will be in motion all through this week’s two-day pre-year examination at Barcelona, which marks the penultimate monitor motion in advance of the WSBK opener at Aragon on April 8-10.

All 5 manufacturing unit teams will share a keep track of for the very first time this yr at Barcelona, with 20 of this year’s 24 entire-time riders slated to portion.

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