In the second round of the 2022 Superbike World Championships in Assen, we saw the much-discussed accident between Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea. For former world champion James Toseland, it is the beginning of extraordinary hostility.
The collapse of Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki) and Toprak Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) in the second major Superbike World Championships in Assen sparked a heated debate and escalated the situation.
Toprak Razgatlioglu (Yamaha), who led the second major race in Assen, who made the mistake of driving early in the sixth round in the first corner and going outside, blamed Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki). Northern Wairland, who wanted to take advantage of the offense of the current world champion, again saw the role with the Turkish.
It could only be a benefit for the Superbike World Championships when there is a lot of competition between the two best riders, says double world champion James Toseland.
“As things get closer, there may be a little fireworks,” the Englishman told WorldSBK. “We see competition now that we haven’t seen since Bayliss, or Fogarty and Chili, or Edwards and Bayliss. Everyone wants to see that kind of competition and competition, especially with different nations.”
The Assen incident will result in a good relationship between Razgatlioglu and Rea, who so far have the reputation of friendship and respect.
“The friendship between the two of them is certainly strained, but on the field you have to stay on your waist and be clean,” Toseland pleaded for justice. “It depends on how much they start hating each other and that will increase the audience’s interest. When they start to dislike each other, the audience will love it – let’s face it; everyone loves it! this will be amazing all season long! “