Toprak Razgatlioglu will no longer use #1 plate. “This year I felt a lot of pressure in the first races of the season because of the number I have on the fairing,” Razgatlioglu told Motorsport.com’s Italian edition.
“I am using the #1 and I felt too much pressure. But after the crash in Assen [with Rea] I forgot the number I had on the fairing and just thought about racing. “I hope we can be world champions again this year, but whatever happens I will use the #54 [in 2023] and not the #1.
This year I used the #1 for Yamaha, but if we win again this year, my dream is to continue with my number. "I feel much more comfortable with #54. You know, the #1 is not always with you; on the other hand, #54 is my number, it's my symbol, it represents me”.
Enea Bastianini believes that he is far from the title considering the point difference. “The team told me Quartararo crashed after the race. During the race I didn’t know this,” Bastianini said when asked if he considered himself a title challenger now.
“48 points for me is too much to close this gap, but I want to continue in this direction to be competitive in the last part of the championship. “I want to take it race-by-race. I have a good set-up for my future, and I think this is positive.
“The championship is important and now I’m closer to Fabio, to Pecco, to Aleix [Espargaro]. “But this for me is not a pressure for the moment because I have to recover a lot of points and what I say is I have to see this race by race what happens.
“The most important thing for me is to start on the top like in the last three races, the first row or second row, because if you are behind it’s difficult to do a good job in the race. “And my target for the moment is the races, not the championship”.
In the last lap, he made a decisive move at turn 7 “I didn’t think about which corner to try to do this overtake,” Bastianini added. “But when I saw Pecco really close at Turn 5, I thought ‘Ok, now it’s the time to try the overtake’. And at Turn 7 I was really strong in this race”.