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Pata Yamaha Riders Bank Another Two Podiums at Portimão

Pata Yamaha Riders Bank Another Two Podiums at Portimão

The Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team with Rizla rounded out a successful weekend at the third round of the FIM Superbike World Championship today, with Michael van der Mark taking a well-deserved third in Race 2 as a follow up to Toprak Razgatlıoğlu’s second place in the Tissot Superpole Race.

Van der Mark recovered from, by his own admission, a disappointing seventh in the 10-lap qualifying race to become one of the main protagonists in the second full-length race at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve. 

The flying Dutchman made steady progress up the order, keeping a cool head until he caught Ducati’s Scott Redding in second. Van der Mark was able to capitalise on Redding’s mistake running wide at Turn 5 but was, unfortunately, unable to hold on to the runner-up position due to a small error later on lap 13. While he kept the pressure on right to the chequered flag, Van der Mark ultimately finished just 0.093s shy in third. 

This morning, Pata Yamaha’s young rising star, Razgatlıoğlu, was the only rider who managed to get away with race-winner Jonathan Rea from the start of the Superpole Race. The leading pair immediately pulled a gap on the rest of the field and maintained their positions to the end, as Razgatlıoğlu took his sixth podium of the season. 

In Race 2, the Turkish rider suffered a slow low side at the notoriously bumpy Turn 5, but was able to quickly remount and recover to eighth, banking crucial points for the championship in the process. 

The Pata Yamaha team will now make their way to Motorland Aragón for a two-day test on 13-14 August prior to back-to-back race weekends at the Spanish circuit at the end of the month, scheduled as the fourth and fifth rounds of the 2020 FIM Superbike World Championship, where the goal is to once again challenge for the podium as well as make a step forward to fight for victory. 

For the GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team, Federico Caricasulo recorded his best finish to date, climbing up to ninth from the fifth row of the grid in only his third WorldSBK weekend, having shown promise earlier with a 12th-place finish in the Superpole Race.

Teammate Garrett Gerloff continued to impress in his maiden WorldSBK season, finishing 10th in the sprint race, just 0.570 shy of the points-paying places. The American was chasing another top 10 result in the final race, but finished 11th after clashing with Xavi Fores. 

Loris Baz rode a supreme Superpole Race, making another lightning getaway from sixth on the grid to take third as they filed through Turn 1. The Frenchman dealt with early pressure to claim his first podium for the Ten Kate Yamaha WorldSBK Supported Team, finishing third to ensure another double Yamaha podium in Portugal. In Race 2, he suffered a high-speed fall at Turn 15 and would not continue.

For full Superpole Race results, click here.
For full Race 2 results, click here.

Michael van der Mark: P7 & P3

Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team

Let’s start this morning with the Superpole Race – we thought in warm-up that we had found a good solution, but that turned out not to be the case and it was a real struggle from the start. I was so disappointed because I thought with the temperature a little lower than the normal race time that I would have a good chance to be on the podium, but I could do no better than seventh in the end. In the second race this afternoon, we made some changes again and to be honest from the start I wasn’t that quick but everybody’s pace was a lot slower than yesterday. I saw many people making mistakes and just tried to keep my own rhythm and stay calm, which was quite difficult. One-by-one, I caught some guys up and close to the end I caught Scott. I couldn’t really pass him until he made a mistake – but just after that I missed a gear and I lost the gap that I had pulled from him. After that I got right back onto his wheel, I was faster but he was stronger, I just had to wait for him to make a mistake but he didn’t. I’m happy with this podium though, and was also happy with the difference in the feeling of my R1 this afternoon compared to the first race.

Toprak Razgatlıoğlu: P2 & P8

Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team

Today it was both good and bad! We started well with second place, another visit to the podium and important points in the Superpole Race.. Race 2 also started relatively well, although I had some issues with the front tyre feeling early on, I was sliding a lot. Unfortunately, I had a slow crash at Turn 5 but, luckily, didn't damage the bike and was able to rejoin the race. In the end I managed to work my way back to eighth place and pick up valuable points for the championship, but I was disappointed because normally I could have fought for another podium finish.  Now we head to Aragón for the next race and we will try to get a good position there to fight for the championship. The test next week at the same circuit will be very important to work on the tyres and a good set-up for the race.

Paul Denning – Team Principal

Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team

Following yesterday’s double podium, the plan was to further improve the R1s for both riders and make another step today. The Superpole Race was run at a ferocious pace at the front using the soft tyres, and Toprak was unable to quite match the pace of Rea but scored another superb second place. Mikey was disappointed with the bike balance in the Superpole Race but kept it sensible to finish seventh and it was great to see his crew make a good step in performance for Race 2 this afternoon. This improvement enabled him to close down Scott Redding and secure a third place finish that could have been even better but for a small error a few laps from the end. Toprak was unfortunately faced with no grip and a bad feeling from the first lap of Race 2, and we were lucky to be honest that his R1 was not damaged too badly when he lost the front at turn five. As a result, he was able to mount a charge back to eighth place, score some decent points and re-secure third position overall in the championship. For the Pata Yamaha team, it’s a slightly strange situation once again: four podiums in three races, beaten only by a rider who has won 12 races at this venue and clearly was the class of the field, and yet to once again feel slightly frustrated that we didn’t fully maximise our potential. Our hardworking crew travels up to Aragón for a further test in the Spanish heat on Thursday and Friday, and we’ll be looking to further improve the performance ready for the double-header.”