Following the back-to-back events of Aragón and Teruel, Pata Yamaha riders Michael van der Mark and Toprak Razgatlıoğlu are both eager to return to the podium and believe it will be possible when WorldSBK races in Barcelona for the first time on Saturday.
The two riders have the results to back it up from previous rounds, specifically Phillip Island, Jerez and Portimão, where at least one Official Yamaha R1 WorldSBK has been on the podium in nearly every race.
Located in Montmeló in the northern part of Barcelona, the 4.627km Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is said to be one of the busiest tracks in Europe and a regular host to Formula One, MotoGP and many other series, as well as a popular winter testing venue.
With a long straight and mix of flowing, technical sections, the hope is that the circuit layout will suit the Official Yamaha R1 WorldSBK machines against stiff competition. Despite completing a successful test before racing restarted, more temperate conditions and even possible thunderstorms forecast for the weekend may be different than the sweltering summer heat experienced when the team completed 332 combined laps over two days in July.
Nevertheless, that first test back will prove to be crucial in allowing Van der Mark and Razgatlıoğlu to get up to speed quickly during Free Practice, starting at 10:30 and 15:00 local time (GMT+2) on Friday, 18 September.