With one race win apiece and a further 11 podiums between them, Michael van der Mark and Toprak Razgatlıoğlu are keen to add to their trophy tally before the season draws to a close on Sunday afternoon. But, like most of the WorldSBK field, Estoril will be a new circuit for the riders and the team to learn and adjust to.
Both Pata Yamaha riders also each have a chance of finishing third in the overall Riders’ Championship, with Van der Mark sitting closest to the target. A clean weekend will still be required if he is to overhaul Ducati rider Chaz Davies for the position, as the Dutchman currently sits 19 points adrift in fourth.
What else stands between them is the technical layout of the circuit – a long straight, two hairpins and sweeping parabólica corners as well as elevation changes and nine other corners with plenty of overtaking opportunities. Once a popular historical Formula 1 circuit, Estoril is known as an exciting MotoGP venue of the 2000s and even more recently as the site of the Yamalube YART Yamaha EWC Official Team’s sublime victory in the first-ever Estoril 12-Hour endurance race just two weeks ago.