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The 2022 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship has come to an in depth because the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit returned to present us an exceptional remaining spherical of the season. Earlier than the storage shutters got here down and the occasion began with the Awards ceremony, there was one remaining debrief for riders to get pleasure from with the media, and as regular, there was lots to speak about.


Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK): “He wants the bonus with two infants!”


Speaking about his remaining race combat, Toprak Razgatlioglu was jovial as ever: “After ten or twelve laps, I had a giant drop within the rear tyre and Alex Lowes handed me. After two laps, I noticed him spinning a bit and I believed ‘OK, I’ll wait slightly bit’ and within the final 4 laps, I’d attempt to go him. I noticed the pink flag so he’s fortunate, however he wants the bonus as he has two infants! Anyway, I’m actually blissful for Alex as he was actually robust this weekend, and OK, I’m didn’t take a podium within the remaining race, however I took second total and each race, we’ve fought for the perfect end result.”

The 2021 World Champion additionally regarded forward to testing, with new elements prepared and ready: “I’m blissful now for second total, however we all the time attempt to win it. Generally, I’m blissful, as we’ve learnt, improved and I really feel higher. Subsequent yr, we could have many new elements that we’ll strive straight in testing. It is a good level for me subsequent yr. Yamaha aren’t constructing a brand new R1 however my crew are working arduous and I imagine in them.”


There was additionally a humorous trade between Razgatlioglu and 2022 Champion Alvaro Bautista, as the 2 thanked one another for the battles and recollections. Razgatlioglu joked that to weigh Bautista down, a Turkish snack can be arriving to Ducati in abundance: “Subsequent yr, you want extra baklava, I’ll carry you extra. I’ll carry you a really heavy baklava!”


Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati): “We missed the final battle of the season, agh!”


Ending his season on a excessive with two Sunday wins, Bautista relished what might have been one other battle with Rea: “As we speak, I used to be battling the wind in some areas; I’m not saying he didn’t, however I don’t know if he was. I noticed the lap time was fairly quick and that he was behind, so I believed, ‘OK, remaining two laps, can be us simply making an attempt to beat one another. Sadly, we had the pink flag and I hope everyone seems to be OK. We missed the final battle of the season, agh! I’m sorry for that as a result of I actually needed it too, I used to be feeling wonderful with the bike, and I felt robust to battle Jonathan. Subsequent time, in 2023, we are going to begin right here, and I hope to have the identical feeling and I count on to have the battle with him right here!”


Requested whether or not or not he’ll be occurring vacation, Bautista was clear that he’ll be staying at residence, albeit with a celebration or two: “No, no, no! With two daughters, it’s troublesome! After I arrive residence, I’ll occasion with my pals and the folks in my city; then I’ve to attend a celebration with Aruba.it, then the folks from Ducati! I don’t get used to those celebrations, as after they’re all accomplished, I’d wish to spend time with my household. I’ll spend Christmas with my household after which in January, I’ll begin working. I’ll work in areas the place I can enhance as a rider as subsequent yr can be harder as my rivals will need to beat me. It will likely be time to start out subsequent yr as greatest as attainable to for #TheDefence.”


Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Crew WorldSBK): “It is a actual crew win!”


The win drought ended for Jonathan Rea, as he described his Race 1 technique on Saturday: “Alex got here by with a very good tempo and, at the moment, I believed ‘roll the cube’. Let’s go into the pits. I don’t suppose it was a dangerous manoeuvre. I most likely might’ve gone one lap earlier, however my guys advised me that needed a sign to be prepared. I gave a sign the lap earlier than on the beginning line, I left my leg off after which I dedicated. I exited and after a few laps I used to be capable of get the sign about 4 and 5 seconds after which I used to be using to my pit board to not make too many errors as a result of it was so blustery, particularly arising by Flip 8, I used to be getting blown onto the moist a part of the monitor. Happening into Flip 10 was the one a part of the monitor that remained moist. I got here down on my outlap, outbraked myself and thought I used to be going to go down! I missed the road, on the moist and turtled round like an novice. It is a actual crew win. Kev got here on the rostrum with me. He’s spent my WorldSBK profession with me and it’s going to be his final race weekend so it’s very nice to have the ability to savour that second; one other race win for him.”


Scott Redding (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Crew): “With the rain setting within the dry, I used to be getting grip… there was a whole lot of confusion!”


Scott Redding commented on a breakthrough with feeling on the BMW M 1000 RR on Saturday: “One thing that was fairly bizarre for us on Saturday, once I got here in and put the slick tyres on within the flag-to-flag, I had the rain setting on the bike and once I went out within the flag-to-flag, I mentioned that’s the perfect the bike’s felt all yr. There was a whole lot of confusion. Lap instances I’m not so certain about however feeling, particularly right here, it turned the bike round. I had enjoyable. For 4 laps, it was the primary time in the course of the weekend I loved it. We have to perceive what’s occurring. Within the rain, I had zero grip and within the dry I had zero grip. However with the rain setting within the dry, I used to be getting grip. I began to understand I used to be utilizing a whole lot of tyre, to remain there and the bike’s shifting a bit, however I had enjoyable; the bike was working. By mistake, we got here throughout one thing that was fairly attention-grabbing that we will probe for the longer term.”


Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Crew WorldSBK): “It’s good to be up there battling with these guys!”


Completely satisfied to be again within the battle on the prime, Alex Lowes was happy with Phillip Island: “After I knew I couldn’t catch Jonny and Alvaro; I dropped my lap time by about half a second to try to take care of the left facet as a result of I knew I used to be going to combat with Toprak till the top of the race. Was making an attempt to take care of the rear tyre as a result of once I handed him, it regarded like he was struggling greater than me. His bike was sliding and look a bit extra unstable. I used to be certain it was going to be a last-lap battle. I used to be wanting ahead to it as a result of I’ve not had a superb battle with him this yr. I believe I’d’ve had a superb likelihood, nevertheless it’s simply good to be up there battling with these guys in all of the races and all situations and a robust finish to the season.”


Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK): “We’ve got some arduous work to do”


Ending fifth within the Championship, Andrea Locatelli was blissful along with his finish of yr however is aware of there’s work to do for 2023: “It was one other nice weekend. We completed within the prime 5 within the Championship so it’s a superb end result. We have to look ahead, neglect the dangerous races, and take a look at the great weekends. For instance, the final two rounds. It’s vital to complete in a great way to organize for subsequent season. After troublesome races, to catch up and stick with the entrance group just isn’t straightforward. This winter, we’ll have a whole lot of issues to strive on the bike. I don’t know what it’s. It’s vital in January in the course of the assessments to say if it’s a superb half and we put it on the bike or not. We’ve got some arduous work to do nevertheless it’s our job.”


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