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Pata Yamaha’s Razgatlıoğlu and Van der Mark Enjoy Positive Return in Barcelona Testing

Pata Yamaha’s Razgatlıoğlu and Van der Mark Enjoy Positive Return in Barcelona

At a private test in Barcelona attended by the top WorldSBK competitors, the Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team with Rizla completed a combined 332 total of laps over the two days, with riders Toprak Razgatlıoğlu and Michael van der Mark making best use of this important track time ahead of the second round of the series in Jerez (31 July – 2 August).

The two-day test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, which is set to host a WorldSBK round for the first time on 18-20 September, saw Phillip Island race-winner Razgatlıoğlu complete 154 laps with a best time of 1:41.217 on his Yamaha R1 with team-mate van der Mark posting1:41.679 from his 178 laps, as Yamaha’s engineers focused on new development parts and collecting valuable data. 

In the mid-summer Barcelona heat, testing got underway on Wednesday, with Razgatlıoğlu quickly getting back up to speed with the sixth-fastest time in the morning just ahead of van der Mark in seventh. 

During the afternoon, both riders continued to refamiliarise themselves with their R1’s after a four-month layoff and to test different parts as Razgatlıoğlu improved his time to finish the day in ninth as the grip levels dropped. Van der Mark’s best effort was enough for 11th in the afternoon, to conclude his first full day on the race-ready Yamaha R1 since the Australian opener.

In the cooler conditions of day two’s morning, the Pata Yamaha riders made a big step in pace and then both set their fastest times of the test in the final hour before the lunch break. Turkish racer Razgatlıoğlu was fifth with a time of 1'41.217, despite a crash without injury at the exit of Turn 7, as Dutch star van der Mark went seventh quickest with a time of 1'41.679. 

In the afternoon, both Razgatlıoğlu and van der Mark continued to rack up their mammoth lap counts, with the former going second quickest on his final tour of testing, and both were confident in the development work done by the Pata Yamaha squad.

The team is now ready for the WorldSBK season restart, scheduled for Spain and the Circuito de Jerez in three weeks’ time, as both van der Mark and Razgatlıoğlu look to continue their championship challenge. 

Elsewhere, the GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team, and the Ten Kate Racing WorldSBK Supported Team were also back in action, with all three riders showing promising early pace. Ten Kate Yamaha’s Loris Baz was third fastest on the opening day, with GRT Yamaha's 2020 debutants Garrett Gerloff and Federico Caricasulo continuing to improve with the eighth and 11th fastest times on the final afternoon session. 

Toprak Razgatlıoğlu

154 Laps - 1'41.217

“I’m happy because I was able to ride the Yamaha R1 again! We tried many new parts and sometimes they didn’t work, but we found some new things that did make improvements. It’s not been a bad test at all, it was very important as it’s a new track for me and we are now ready for the race in Jerez. I only knew this circuit from video games, so it was good to get some laps in before we come back here later this year. The first day was quite difficult after so much time away from the bike, and I had a huge crash on day 2 and I’m lucky to have no injury. But even with this, we were quite fast and we improved the R1, so we can be happy.”

Michael van der Mark

178 Laps - 1'41.679

“It was nice to be back on the bike; it’s been a while and also it’s been 10 years since I’ve last been here, so it was all quite new. We had so many new things to try and I think we can be quite happy with this test, even if it doesn’t maybe look as good from the results alone. We had so many  new developments and we were just focused on improving the bike, because in the last four months the guys have been working really hard at home. A lot of positives on the R1, I’m happy to be back after four months not riding and I’m ready to be racing again. I can’t wait for the restart in Jerez.”

Paul Denning

Team Principal, Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team

“It’s a pleasure to be back at the racetrack with the team, riders and Yamaha engineers, ahead of the restart to the season. The Barcelona Grand Prix circuit is a new one for our team and both of our riders, so after four months off the bikes, yesterday was a little challenging to get fully back up to speed. Nonetheless, we still got through a reasonable amount of work, maybe leaving more questions than answers, but with a good night’s sleep, the riders were ready to go this morning. The crew chiefs and engineers had also made a clear plan for today and we were a lot more competitive. Testing here in these conditions is almost like running at two different circuits as the temperature increases, and the grip level drops significantly. We were quick in cooler conditions and we’ve improved the bike to be a lot closer in hotter temperatures than we were yesterday. Some problems, some challenges, and an extremely busy couple of days, but in the end a great job by Michael, Toprak and all the team, and now we are looking forward to Jerez.”


Barcelona WorldSBK Test Combined Times

1.  Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing Team, 1’40.450
2.  Scott Redding, Ducati Aruba, 1’40.606
3.. Tom Sykes, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team, 1’40.956
4. Alex Lowes, Kawasaki Racing Team, 1’41.137
5. Toprak Razgatlıoğlu, Pata Yamaha, 1’41.218
6. Eugene Laverty, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team, 1’41.494
7. Michael van der Mark, Pata Yamaha, 1’41.679
8. Loris Baz, Ten Kate Racing Yamaha, 1’41.881
9. Chaz Davies, Ducati Aruba, 1’41.903
10. Leandro Mercado, Motocorsa Racing Team, 1’42.024
11. Garrett Gerloff, GRT Yamaha, 1’42.121
12. Leon Haslam, Honda Racing Corporation, 1’42.126