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October 5th, 2021, 12:01 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by MdubSTYLIE View Post
The thing that has me questioning how good he would do is the fact that Baz came in and took podiums all weekend after not setting the world on fire in the US. He might be good but I will believe it when I see it. Again Baz was all that good in motogp and for him to come in for one weekend and compete doesn't help the cause for Toprak. I think he deserves a shot though.
This is such a good point - the gulf between the categories is huge.

Biaggi went back and won titles.

Bautista went back and was unbeaten for much of the year.

We have seen it time and again that WSBK riders do not transition that well to MGP with only 1 rider coming from WSBK to MGP and winning a race - Spies. Yes, Bayliss also won a race but he had gone WSBK - MGP - WSBK and back for a sole race so not quite the same as was Spies (if I have missed someone with full season WSBK to a race winner - apologies as we have had a lot of winners recently - of course we also have Supersports racers who have won MGP races).

I welcome someone like Toprak trying it but fear that if he leaves it to long the chances may have past by for a good enough ride as if he has signed as suggested than that will be a further 2 years of results against which to judge, and you are only as good as your last result so a bad season could end the option.

Speaking totally personally I so wish DORNA who own both series would implement a pathway to a factory ride (supported or full) for each season's WSBK title winner. We focus on MG3 and MG2 for a pathway but not WSBK and there are plenty of riders than cannot buy into a MG2 or MG3 team so talent may well be missed
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