Despite a highly-competitive showing, with one of the team’s riders standing on the podium in all three races at the Spanish Round, both Toprak Razgatlıoğlu and Michael van der Mark encountered some frustrations that restricted them from achieving even better results.
Phillip Island race winner Razgatlıoğlu is very hungry to return to the top step of the podium as soon as possible. With cooler temperatures compared to Jerez but still around 30 degrees forecast in the Algarve, the young Turkish rider hopes to take advantage of potentially better grip levels to attack in the closing stages of the races – an area which all riders struggled in the unbelievable temperatures seen last weekend.
It is clear that Portimão has proven to be a happy hunting ground for Van der Mark and the team in the past, with the Dutchman celebrating four podiums in Pata Yamaha colours since 2017. Very focused on this event at one of his favourite circuits, the 28-year-old is looking to go one better than his career-best second at the venue to take his first victory of the season.
Track action will begin on Friday morning with Free Practice 1 and 2 taking place at 10:30 and 15:00 local time (GMT+1), where the team will be able to assess track conditions on the Official Yamaha R1 WorldSBK machines compared to their last visit during January’s pre-season testing when it was Razgatlıoğlu who ended the two-day sessions on top of the timesheet, with a lap time of 1’40.804.