Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 279: Estoril WorldSBK Review - Will Toprak Razgatlioglu Go To MotoGP Or Stay In WorldSBK?

A special guest on this week's WorldSBK podcast brings superb insight. Charlie Hiscott, TV producer extraordinaire, has worked in both the WorldSBK and MotoGP paddocks for years, and has been alternating between the two series for the past couple of seasons. So he brings his remarkable knowledge to the already highly informed chat between Steve English and WorldSBK guru Gordon Ritchie, to take a deep dive into the future of Toprak Razgatlioglu.

Charlie adds the view from the MotoGP paddock to the trio's knowledge of where Toprak sits in WorldSBK, to discuss whether the Pata Yamaha rider will make the jump from WorldSBK to MotoGP. They examine the offers he may have, and his reasons for both going to MotoGP and staying in WorldSBK. They also discuss the current state of WorldSBK, the rivalry between Jonathan Rea and Razgatlioglu, what Alvaro Bautista brings to Ducati, why the second seat at Kawasaki is not performing as well as Rea's side of the garage, and what is happening with Honda.

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Interesting insights regarding Honda and Leon Camier's management of the team. It will be interesting to see if they can develop the electronics and chassis necessary to make the best use of the engine.

Not sure what can be done regarding BMW. They were competitive under the old rules, back when Melandri was winning races for them. I'm surprised the M1000RR is less capable under the new rules. 

Regarding Toprak, I hope he stays in WSBK. MotoGP has a penchant for consuming a riders prime years, and leaving them with little or nothing to show for it. It was tough to see Spies lose the last of his prime years in GP, same with Crutchlow. We'll see how Toprak goes during the test, but he's got a good thing going in WSBK.