Jonathan Rea and Toprak Razgatlioglu will be in the title race until the very end. Although Toprak is currently the leader in the race between the two, the difference is not so big(7 points), and the main reason is the penalty that Razgatlioglu received.
There are five rounds left but the question is whether it will take place, given that the pandemic is the main problem. Rea compared the race between him and the Turk to 2002 one between Bayliss and Edwards "I said a few prayers at the start of the year," Rea said at Magny-Cours before the news broke of Razgatlioglu's penalty, as quoted by motorsport "My wish at the start of the year was to win a championship on the last lap of the last race.
"Troy Bayliss vs. Colin Edwards was the most iconic championship [fight] in history. I remember watching that race with my dad’s office. I can remember my feelings as a young boy, watching that last lap and hanging on every corner.
I want that."
Rea supported his opponent
Rea had words of praise for his opponent, but of course it is hard for him to lose to him and that the rivalry between them is huge "He’s a nice guy," said Rea of Razgatlioglu.
"You have to have respect. I’m doing my best, and if somebody beats me, I was always brought up to shake their hand. It just so happens that I have a better relationship with him than most of my [past] rivals. "Of course when he beats me I’m not happy, but you have to take your hat off.
I feel like I’m riding really well and he beat me. "I’ve won a lot of races, I know how it feels, there’s nothing worse than being in parc ferme as a winner and nobody wants to say well done. It’s happened in my career in the past.
Of course, Razgatlioglu makes Rea a much better driver as the competition forces the individual to focus even more on work. "Big respect to him, and it makes me want to work harder, because when I beat him I know I’ve beaten a good guy, a top guy."
He added: "I can’t say I’d be happy handing over the #1 plate, I’m gonna fight for that… but it's nice. Even Scott [Redding], riding bar-to-bar with him, Andrea Locatelli has been fighting at the front, Alex [Lowes] has been fast, bit of misfortune again, but the championship’s good."
We will definitely have an amazing race between two top drivers, and it will be interesting to see what the outcome will be in the end