Toprak Appreciation Page

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Schwantz34
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Aside from being an exciting racer I've heard Jim Whitam talk during commentary about stuff on social media with Toprak showing his skills on a bike.

First time I saw these was yesterday :shock:

https://youtu.be/xSRCoxEiIEw

https://youtu.be/LQJciC5Og9s

There's a better video of the second one side on but it seems to be a Facebook vid, I don't have FB.

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I'm answering this without having read the above text. I haven't seen the recent WSBK race and am waiting for the highlights to turn up on my telly.

But, having seen a 'Toprak Appreciation Page' being posted about here, you've got me all excited to see the races now.

NB: I won't read any replies until after I've seen the race.

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I like Toprak. He is approachable in the paddock. Good fast rider. I got an autograph.

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Definitely think he is a natural talent - I would love to see a GP team take a punt with him before he is in WSBK for too long. I thought the same with Van Der Mark but then it ended up waiting too long (Rea too), whereas I think Toprak is still young enough and on an upward trajectory.

Looks like there is a fairly sizeable Turkish following of bike racing too which might make Dorna try and help him.

The problem is now getting a competitive ride - Perhaps if something happens to Rossi and he decides to retire... ???

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If Toprak is a name in WSBK now, would it be too much of a step down for him to go to Moto2, and from there move to MotoGP?

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That's a good question - I'm not sure which would give you the most visibility, between doing well in Moto2 and winning races in WSBK.

Sam Lowes went into Moto2 and then on to GP but that was from WSS. But, I think the problem is for Moto2 is that it is so competitive in terms of machinery, and such a class specialisation, that even a very talented rider could struggle initially. It would also mean having to leave Yamaha.

Need to find out if Toprak has a contract with Yamaha or with the Pata Yamaha team in WSBK. If it's the former, that might show that Yamaha have plans for him (I would be very surprised if he doesn't take part in the next Suzuka 8-hour for instance, whenever that might take place)

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