Since Yamaha's return to WorldSBK competition in 2016, Crescent Racing has operated the project in direct partnership with Yamaha Motor Europe - bringing more than 20 years of professional racing experience across MotoGP, WorldSBK and British Superbikes to the fore. The collaboration presents a dynamic racing team with highly-experienced engineering staff to extract the best of Yamaha’s proven racing pedigree and winning machinery.

From 2017, we became regular podium contenders – recording six podiums and showing incredible improvement throughout the season. This upward trajectory continued the following year when the team celebrated its first win with a spectacular double victory at Donington Park in May 2018. By the end of that season, our riders had scored three wins and 12 podiums.

In 2019, the Yamaha R1 took to the podium no less than 17 times including one emphatic win in Jerez, Spain. Then teammates Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark finished the championship in close third and fourth respectively.

In 2020, exciting youngster Toprak Razgatlıoglu joined the squad and scored a win on debut at Phillip Island in Australia. He went onto finish fourth in the standings, one place ahead of van der Mark, with the team taking a total of 17 podiums, including four victories over the course of the season.

2021 went down as one of the greatest seasons on record, with Razgatlıoğlu battling Jonathan Rea for the championship. It went down to the final round, with Toprak taking the title, having won 13 races and 29 podiums. 2020 World Supersport Champion Andrea Locatelli also joined the team in 2021 and enjoyed a sensational rookie season, finishing fourth in the standings after scoring four podiums. It was a combined effort which resulted in Crescent winning the teams' title and Yamaha the manufacturers' championship, resulting in the "Triple Crown".

In the 2022 WorldSBK Championship season, all eyes were on Yamaha to defend its title. The Turkish rider became Yamaha’s most successful rider in WorldSBK, surpassing the previous record held by Noriyuki Haga, and 2022 saw him celebrate 14 victories to go “one better” than his title-winning year, despite one less event in the calendar than 2021. Razgatlıoğlu also won the overall Tissot Superpole Award for 2022, starting from pole on four occasions, winning seven Superpole Races and only starting outside the front row an incredible four times out of 36 races. He also achieved the largest “dry” pole margin in WorldSBK since 1992 – with a gap of 1.052s from the second-fastest time at the Mandalika International Street Circuit.

Razgatlıoğlu, Locatelli and Yamaha finished in clear second places in the Riders’, Manufacturers’ and Teams’ Championships. The team celebrated its best-ever event results in Indonesia last weekend with Razgatlıoğlu’s second “triple” hat-trick of victories plus Locatelli’s first WorldSBK front row-start, a superb podium in the Superpole Race and two fourth-places.

In his sophomore WorldSBK year, with increased competition across the category, Locatelli stepped on the podium on just two occasions in Mandalika and Assen, but finished the season strongly in the final rounds to secure a well-deserved fifth overall in the riders’ standings.

For Razgatlıoğlu and Locatelli, 2023 is their third season together, with numbers #54 and #55 alongside each other. Razgatlıoğlu starts his fourth year in blue with an enviable WorldSBK record of 82 podiums, 32 wins, 26 best race laps and eight pole positions from 156 race starts – but it’s his 2021 Riders’ Championship title that the Turkish ace wants most to emulate.


2021 proved to be one of the greatest title battles in WorldSBK history, with Toprak Razgatlıoglu facing off with Jonathan Rea for the world championship crown. In the end, the Turkish rider reigned supreme, taking 13 victories, 29 podiums and three pole position to be crowned champion.

What followed was another all-out-season brawl in 2022, 14 wins (one better than his title-winning year) and a total of 29 podiums, to finish runner-up in the Riders' Championship.

A protégé of countryman Kenan Sofuoglu - the most successful rider in World Supersport 600 (five titles and 43 wins) - Toprak has learned from his mentor, spectacularly challenging some of the best in the business.

His potential was clear from a young age, with success across a number of categories, starting with four Turkish Motocross Championship titles as a child before competing in his first 600cc circuit race at age 13. Fast forward just a few years to when he entered the world stage in 2015, and Toprak won the European Superstock 600 Championship on his first attempt.

At Donington in 2018, he became the first Turkish rider to score a WorldSBK podium finishing second in only his 12th start. In 2019, Toprak took his first two wins in stunning style and joined us as an official Yamaha rider at the end of that year.

Yamaha’s signing was immediately competitive on his new R1 at the first round of 2020 in Australia – winning his debut race in spectacular fashion. The 25-year-old is full of flair and enjoys a passionate around the world.


Date of birth: 16-10-1996
Place of birth: Alanya, Antalya, Turkey
Nationality: Turkish
Height: 182cm
Weight: 68kg
Hobbies: Video games, driving cars


  • 2022: 2nd - FIM Superbike World Championship, Yamaha WorldSBK Team
  • 2021: Champion - FIM Superbike World Championship, Yamaha WorldSBK Team
  • 2020: 4th - FIM Superbike World Championship, Yamaha WorldSBK Team
  • 2019: 5th - FIM Superbike World Championship
  • 2018: 9th - FIM Superbike World Championship
  • 2017: 2nd - FIM Superstock 1000 Cup
  • 2016: 5th - FIM Superstock 1000 Cup
  • 2015: Champion - European Superstock 600 Championship
  • 2014: 13th - European Superstock 600 Championship, entering and winning just one race / 6th - Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup
  • 2013: 10th - Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup / 3rd - Turkish Supermoto Championship
  • 2012: Champion Turkish Road Race 600cc Championship / 7th - IDM Yamaha R6 Cup / 2nd - Eastern Europe 600 Supersport Championship / 3rd - Turkish Supermoto Championship
  • 2011: 2nd - Turkish Road Race 600cc Championship / 18th - IDM Yamaha R6 Cup / 3rd - Turkish Supermoto Championship
  • 2010: Turkish Road Race 600cc Championship, 1x 1st, 1x 3rd, 1x 4th
  • 2009: Turkish Road Race 600cc Championship, 1x 1st, 1x 3rd, 1x 5th
  • 2008: Champion Turkish Motocross Championship, 85cc
  • 2007: Champion Turkish Motocross Championship, 85cc
  • 2006: Champion Turkish Motocross Championship, 65cc
  • 2005: Champion Turkish Motocross Championship, 65cc
  • 2004: Turkish Motocross Championship, 50cc


'Loka' stepped up to the FIM Superbike World Championship with Yamaha in 2021, and enjoyed a superb maiden campaign celebrating a total of four podiums with the team and demonstrating incredible consistency in the premier class. The young Italian scored four podiums on his way to fourth in the standings, picking up Rookie of the Year and contributing to both the teams' and manufacturers' titles.  

Locatelli announced himself in the Grand Prix paddock in 2013, with sporadic appearances in the Moto3 class, before earning a full-time ride the following year. After a year of learning, the Italian became a regular points scorer, with his strongest season coming in 2016, where he scored a pair of podium finishes on his way to ninth in the Moto3 standings.

For 2017, Locatelli went to the competitive Moto2 class and scored his first points that year. Across both 2018 and 2019 seasons he was a consistent points finisher before he moved over to contest WorldSSP in 2020.

Riding for the title-winning Evan Bros Yamaha WorldSSP Supported Team in 2020, Locatelli dominated the competition, winning 12 of the 14 races, scoring seven pole positions, and finished the season with a record-breaking 333 points - the most points scored in a single year. He took the championship with a near-perfect season and sealed the title with two rounds to spare.


Date of birth: 16-10-1996
Place of birth: Alzano Lombardo, Italy
Nationality: Italian
Height: 173cm
Weight (kg): 65kg
Hobbies: Triathlon, working on car/bike


  • 2022: 5th - FIM Superbike World Championship, Yamaha WorldSBK Team
  • 2021: 4th - FIM Superbike World
    Championship, Yamaha WorldSBK Team
  • 2020: Champion - FIM Supersport
    World Championship
  • 2019: 18th - Moto2
  • 2018: 15th - Moto2
  • 2017: 28th - Moto2
  • 2016: 9th - Moto3
  • 2015: 20th - Moto3
  • 2014: 32nd - Moto3
  • 2013: Champion - CIV Moto3
  • 2012: Champion - Italian Honda NSF250R Trophy

DID YOU KNOW: Toprak and Andrea share the exact same birthday! 🎉

Andrea Dosoli
Yamaha Motor Europe Road Racing Project Manager

Paul Denning
Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK
Team Principal

Riccardo Tisci
Yamaha WorldSBK Technical Coordinator

Phil Marron
#55 Crew Chief

Andrew Pitt
#55 Crew Chief

Russ Joyner
#54 Technician

Andrea Bonassoli
#54 Technician

Davide Gentile
#54 Application Engineer

Francesco Muraro
#55 Application Engineer

Pete Bancewicz
#55 Technician

Leo Cardelio
#55 Technician

Ondrej Kocourek
#54 Tyre Technician & Truck Driver

Thomas Cappelletti
#54 Assistant Technician

Luca Federzoni
Ohlins Support Technician

Darren Agnew
#55 Tyre Technician

Stuie Smith
#55 Assistant Technician

Rich Miles
Parts Manager

Sarah Byles
Sponsorship & Marketing Manager

Helen Taylor
Commercial Manager

Sam Collins
Team Coordinator

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Truck Driver & Events Support