Only with Razgatlioglu did ROKiT BMW become a team / Superbike World Championship

Only with Razgatlioglu did ROKiT BMW become a team / Superbike World Championship

The BMW ROKiT team is not recognized in the 2024 Superbike World Championship. But not only because of the success of the new player Toprak Razgatlioglu, but also in terms of handling and atmosphere in the box.

Since Marco Melandri in 2012, no BMW driver has been better placed in the World Superbike Championship than Toprak Razgatlioglu, who is third overall after meetings at Phillip Island and Barcelona. The Italian led the World Championship twelve years ago with three rounds to go, but was only third at the end of the season.

The Turk’s contribution to ROKiT BMW’s sudden success is undisputed, but Michael van der Mark is also showing a clear upward trend and has achieved five single-digit results in six races so far. The Dutchman’s best finish was fourth in the second race in Spain.

“The bike definitely got better during the winter. But we didn’t expect to make such progress after the tough races in Australia and Catalonia. Toprak makes the difference. We’ve been in the world championship since 2016 and got podiums, pole positions and race wins of racing, but Toprak took the project to the next level,” team boss Shaun Muir said in an interview with “It took a long time to reach this level, although it was the same for other manufacturers. Yamaha was in the field for many years before they started to win regularly and take the championship. I realized how important the support of the factory behind is for the medium-term plans.

Razgatlioglu and van der Mark have already created a harmonious team at Yamaha in 2020. A good environment has a positive effect on how the whole team works.

“When Toprak came to us, another rider had to leave and it was Scott. “Michael has a different mindset and that was an important reason why that decision was made,” explained Muir. “Michael and Toprak do their talks together, they work together and talk all the time . You don’t see that intensity on TV. I don’t know if Bulega and Bautista have the same relationship at Ducati or Locatelli and Rea at Yamaha. But that’s how it works for us and to me that’s important. The team is very close now and we have worked towards it year after year. The crew is fully coordinated and even though Phil Marron came to us, don’t forget that we have already worked together for several years. We are on a good path.”

World Superbike Championship 2024: Status after 6 of 36 races
Pos the driver Motorcycle Points
1. Nicolò Bulega (I) Ducati 87
2. Alex Lowes (GB) Kawasaki 75
3. Alvaro Bautista (E) Ducati 75
4. Toprak Razgatlioglu (TR) BMW 71
5. Andrea Iannone (I) Ducati 51
6. Danilo Petrucci (I) Ducati 47
7. Andrea Locatelli (I) Yamaha 45
8. Michael v Mark (NL) BMW 40
9. Dominique Aegerter (CH) Yamaha 34
10. Garrett Gerloff (USA) BMW 25
11. Remy Gardner (AUS) Yamaha 19
12. Michael Rinaldi (I) Ducati 18
13. Sam Lowes (GB) Ducati 18
14. Axel Bassani (I) Kawasaki 15
15. Xavi Vierge (L) Honda 13
16. Scott Redding (GB) BMW 10
17. Jonathan Rea (GB) Yamaha 8
18. Iker Lecuona (L) Honda 3
19. Philipp Öttl (D) Yamaha 2
20. Bradley Ray (GB) Yamaha 1
21. Tito Rabat (E) Kawasaki 1