Toprak Razgatlioglu will graduate up to the World Superbike championship in 2018 for Puccetti Kawasaki, having narrowly missed out on the European Superstock 1000 title this year.

The Turkish rider, who impressed during an in-season test for the Italian squad at Portimao in September, has confirmed his move to the Superbike class while Puccetti Kawasaki will remain a one-bike entry in the series which closes the door on a potential return to WorldSBK for Sylvain Guintoli after filling in for the team for the final two rounds.

The 2017 European Superstock 1000 runner-up, who vitally missed the Magny-Cours round during the title run-in, is relishing the chance to move up to WSBK and is thrilled to remain in the Puccetti Kawasaki fold.

“2017 was really a good season and unfortunately we missed the STK1000 title after the injury in France for very few points,” Razgatlioglu said. “If I could run at Magny Cours, I would definitely have had more to fight.

“I'm happy to go to Superbike next year. I am now in different seasons with the team Puccetti, I know the team, its professionalism and therefore I know that I will have everything I need to learn the new bike and soon to fight for good results.

“I thank Manuel and Kawasaki for this opportunity and I cannot wait for the end of the month test at Jerez to get back on track.”

Team principal Manuel Puccetti confirmed the one bike line-up with Razgatlioglu for 2018 after switching between four different riders during its maiden campaign in WSBK thi season due to rider injuries and moves, while he is confident the technical regulation changes will benefit both the rider and the team.

“In the 2018 we will continue to line up one bike in the WorldSBK championship,” Puccetti said. “This year and also in the past Toprak has showed to be a very talented rider and we are sure that he is ready to step up to the premier class.

“This was our first year as private team in Superbike and it ended with a positive balance for us. We gained a lot of experience together with Randy and Anthony first, but also with top riders as Haslam and Guintoli. We are ready now to face next year in the best way possible.

“Thanks to the new regulation the gap between our bike and the official ones will decrease and so we believe that in 2018 we will be able to give all what Toprak needs to learn and be competitive.”

As previously confirmed, Puccetti Kawasaki has also signed Hikari Okubo alongside Kenan Sofuoglu for the 2018 World Supersport championship.



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