Andrea Dovizioso believes it will take Toprak Razgatlioglu two years to be in contention for a WorldSBK title with BMW.
Razgatlioglu’s move from Yamaha to BMW, similar to Jonathan Rea’s switch from Kawasaki after nine years, is a significant change in the WorldSBK series. BMW, who have struggled to consistently challenge at the front since their return in 2019, should benefit greatly from Razgatlioglu’s addition, although Dovizioso believes it may take a year or two to see the full impact. The battle between Razgatlioglu and Bautista last season was unusual due to their contrasting riding styles and different bikes. Dovizioso has high praise for both riders and believes that Razgatlioglu can make BMW more competitive in the next few years. Despite the surprise of Rea leaving Kawasaki, Dovizioso understands his decision after seeing the team’s performance decline in comparison to Ducati and Yamaha. Rea, still a title contender, had to make the move for a fresh start.