A less-than-perfect Superpole qualifying session was quickly forgotten, as Razgatlıoğlu rocketed his way from seventh on the grid to second place by Lap 2 – a progression statistic arguably bettered by official Yamaha compatriot Locatelli who made his own way through from 10th to fifth in just one lap!
The #54 Turkish rider challenged main championship rival Alvaro Bautista (Ducati) for the win but despite hanging onto his back wheel through the early part of the race, was unable to get close enough to make a pass for victory – conceding the Riders’ Championship in the process after taking the fight all the way to the final round this weekend.
“Loka” however was a star player of Saturday’s overtaking action – including a spectacular move on the inside of six-time WorldSBK Champion Jonathan Rea in the final turn onto the main straight. The Italian’s mid-race pace was superior to both Rea and Kawasaki teammate Alex Lowes, which in combination with the #55 rider’s race craft helped deliver a terrific third place at the chequered flag.
The result keeps Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK’s Teams’ Championship hopes alive, with two final races tomorrow on the last day of the 2023 FIM Superbike World Championship – after Warm-Up at 9:00 CET, the Superpole Race follows at 11:00 and Race 2 at 14:00.