Workforce Pata Yamaha rider Toprak Razgatlioglu couldn’t retain his Superbike World Championship (WSBK) title in 2022. After a season-long, three-way battle with Ducati’s Alvaro Bautista and Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea, the Turkish rider relinquished his crown. With such a making an attempt season within the rearview, it’s time for Razgatlioglu to unwind. What does that embody, you might ask? Laborious enduro coaching, after all.
The 26-year-old racer not too long ago hopped aboard his Yamaha WR 250 F and joined some driving pals for a leisurely putt by way of the woods. For mere mortals, that interprets to a grueling journey alongside Kemer, Turkey, the place the Sea to Sky Laborious Enduro race takes place. That’s proper, Razgatlioglu spends his low season plowing by way of rock gardens, climbing vertigo-inducing hillsides, and launching off makeshift jumps.
As quickly because the group units out, mayhem and hilarity ensue. The Yamaha rider is thought for his aggressive fashion and he doesn’t disappoint within the Enduro Channel’s newest YouTube video. Whether or not he’s casually nose-wheelieing down a steep grade, clearing a ledge bounce, or sliding his rear wheel with the utmost ease, El Turco reveals that he’s simply as expert off-road as he’s on observe.
Razgatlioglu meets his solely problem within the type of a steep hill climb. Riddled with rocks and free, muddy terrain, the mountainside nonetheless fails to sluggish Toprak’s ascent. Solely when the WSBK champ makes an attempt a trial-style bounce on the crest does he take a tumble. Motivated by the error, Razgatlioglu repeatedly scales the hill till he’s glad together with his dominant efficiency.
On the opposite facet of the coin, we have now Moto3 standout Deniz Oncu. The Turkish rider shares Toprak’s aggressive fashion on the circuit however solely ranks as a novice within the enduro arts. He struggles all through the journey however continues pushing ahead, even conquering the identical hill that acquired one of the best of Razgatlioglu at one level.
The WSBK and Grand Prix seasons might have drawn to a detailed, however with Oncu and Razgatlioglu endlessly engaged on their craft, it’s no marvel the 2 compete on the prime of world championship motorbike racing.