Fully in contention for a second consecutive win of the weekend, Razgatlioglu was only 0.067 seconds from race winner Jonathan Rea in the sprint race after another photo finish, following a late inside pass at Turn 11 that Razgatlioglu could not quite respond to on the final few hundred metres. It was his second podium finish in two races for Pata Yamaha.
He was unfortunate to suffer a fuel problem in the second race today, retiring on lap 20 of 22, just as he was making progress toward another potential podium finish.
After coming so close to the podium on Saturday, van der Mark did not have the bike balance he needed to be in contention for a top-three finish in the sprint race, taking fifth position – but still only one second from the race winner.
In the final race of the weekend, van der Mark was engaged in a fight for the podium places that featured up to nine riders at times, with close passes and bold braking manoeuvres a regular occurrence. He was on course for third place and a well-deserved podium until the last lap, when he was passed by Scott Redding’s Ducati and could not find enough rear grip by that stage to re-challenge. The incredibly close nature of the 2020 Phillip Island races is demonstrated by the fact that, cumulatively over the 3 races, van der Mark finished less than 3 seconds from victory on the new 2020 R1.
Having led the championship after the Superpole race, Razgatlioglu’s Race 2 misfortune sees him slip to third overall, with Van der Mark not far behind in fifth.
Now the Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team with Rizla relocates to the deserts of Qatar for a floodlit round two, with track action starting on Friday 13 March.