Razgatlioglu is the first Turk to become a World Superbike champion



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Razgatlioglu is the first Turk to become a World Superbike champion

Razgatlioglu secured the title after finishing second in the race, just behind Rea. He thus became the first Turkish driver to achieve that success and stopped a series of Rea that started in 2015. Razgatliolgu had only words of praise for his rival who showed a great ride this season as well, but that was not enough as in previous years.

Razgatlioglu was seen to be much more confident, and to have matured as a driver. It was the combination of all the factors that influenced the winning of the title this season. "We had an incredible fight this season with Johnny and we were champions," said Razgatlioglu.

"Jonathan is a really strong rider, and I think every rider in the paddock dreams of beating Johnny, as quoted by motorsport "For me it’s also not easy. In 2018 he was helping me in WSBK and also I rode for Kawasaki.

But two years [later I am with a] different brand and we are fighting on track. Also this season we are fighting. "The Magny-Cours green line [episode]… this is ok, because we are fighting and this is a world championship.

But outside I never say anything [negative] because we are friends. We fight just on track, and I always respect him."

Conditions

Although the conditions were quite difficult, Razgatlioglu decided to take a risk and do his best.

In the end, it worked out for him, although at times he felt fear that a crash might occur. Fortunately, that did not happen and the Turk can be very satisfied with the end of the season "Normally I don’t have stress… I don’t feel in a bad way," he said.

"Just looking at the race and not thinking about the championship. I saw [Axel] Bassani was coming at the first corner and I went a bit wide, and I wasn’t pushing on braking because I knew the track is very slippy.

"Also the front tyre is sliding and also I am scared, because before the race [I almost crashed, on the sighting lap]… also last year at Jerez. And in the race at Turn 15 I was very close to crashing again. "But I just tried to be in a good position, just trying to win.

Last race, everybody maybe closed the gas [in my position], but I didn’t close the gas, I just ride by best, and we are here. Sometimes you need to risk."