Nobody stops like Toprak Razgatlioglu… but n…
There’s a lot to love about motorcycle racing, whether you’re partaking in the wheel-to-wheel competition, the technological wizardry of the machines, or the riders with their characters as colorful as a B&Q paint aisle.
Either way, if you come to motorbike racing for one of them, then you stay for the spectacle of pinpoint precision and sublime skill of what a human can do with a aerodynamic flare between the legs.
However, while Marc Marquez, who cruises around on the Repsol Honda with the agility of the ant he compares himself to, or Valentino Rossi with his legs akimbo under braking, skillfully perform their high-speed stunts, some riders – like WorldSBK champion Toprak Razgatlioglu – doesn’t even need to go fast to be blazing.
Indeed, while Razgatlioglu’s reliance on anchors and prisoner-free approach to overtaking is a marvel to watch, it was his now-iconic signature “stoppies” that hit the bull’s eye with fans, with videos of him doing from unicycling to viral arrest every time. he does it.
He’s sure mastered the art, but that doesn’t make him any less fun to watch… check out this clip of him during pre-season WorldSBK testing, parading him an impressive 110 meters at Portimao last week. You know, just to make sure there was no rust to dust off when he returned to action.
While we encourage you to leave such a stunt to the professionals, you can now try it out at home (but not on a motorbike…) with the official WorldSBK mobile game, which has been updated with riders, teams and complete circuits from the 2021 WorldSBK season.
Inside there’s a chance to ‘stop’ in style…just try to dodge it mid-race, it’s not the fastest way to beat Jonathan Rea!