The test was initially arranged to evaluate Razgatlioglu for a potential move to grand prix racing in 2023, but it was broken by Yamaha’s split in the current MotoGP satellite squad RNF Racing and subsequent revelation that the Iwata marque would only have two bikes on the grid in 2023.
However, Razgatlioglu was still able to complete 40 laps aboard the M1 in Aragon before the afternoon rain interrupted the day’s run.
The Turkish rider was accompanied to the track by Yamaha test rider Cal Crutchlow, who provided a reference.
“It was my first day on the Yamaha M1 MotoGP bike and it was very different to my R1,” the Turkish rider said.
“With each lap I learned a lot more, because after WorldSBK it wasn’t that easy to fit into the MotoGP engine. Luckily, I had Cal Crutchlow on hand to offer advice and he helped me a lot.
“The bike feels great, especially on the straight where it’s super fast, and it’s fun to experience the carbon brakes.
“The conditions are really hot right now, so we stopped doing a five or six lap run after just the initial 12 lap run to get the first feel for the bike. When I watch MotoGP bikes on television here in Aragon you can see you pretty bumpy it, and I feel it now here.
“It’s not that bad, you have to keep the gas open to get on the bumps, because if you close, it becomes more unstable.
“Overall, a very positive test, even though it was cut by rain this afternoon, which means I didn’t get as many laps as I’d like. I really enjoyed riding the MotoGP bike, many thanks to Yamaha for giving me the opportunity this. “
Since MotoGP is no longer an option for the 2023 season, it looks certain Razgatlioglu will definitely see the final year of his current deal with Yamaha at WSBK.
The 25-year-old endured a tough title defense, sitting 79 points ahead of championship leader Alvaro Bautista following a late first win of the season in the Misano race this month.
Razgatlioglu’s WSBK campaign continues next month in Donington Park.