The 24-year-old Italian finished less than a second off the fastest rider in ninth overall, on just his third outing on the official Yamaha R1 WorldSBK. Locatelli’s pace and consistency over long runs as well as one-lap outright speed, combined with his impressive work rate and diligence bodes well for the season ahead.
After completing 70 laps on day one, Toprak Razgatlıoğlu was withdrawn from today’s running and placed in isolation this morning, following a positive result for COVID-19 in a mandatory pre-travel polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.
All Pata Yamaha with BRIXX WorldSBK personnel were tested at the same time and only Razgatlıoğlu returned a positive result. He subsequently submitted to a second PCR test this morning, which also returned a positive result.
Razgatlıoğlu will remain in Spain for self-isolation in accordance with COVID-19 protocols and public health authority guidelines. It is hoped he will be fit and return a negative PCR test to be able to re-join the team for further R1 WorldSBK development tests later this month.
The Pata Yamaha with BRIXX WorldSBK upcoming test schedule includes 12-13 and 21-22 April at MotorLand Aragón ahead of the season opener at the same venue in May.