Now a familiar circuit, as the Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK team tested in Barcelona back at the end of March, both riders will be looking to continue their excellent run of form into the weekend.
Razgatlıoğlu has come a long way since the 2020 Catalunya WorldSBK round where an uncharacteristic crash in Sunday Warm-Up meant he was unable to fight for victory in the Superpole Race and second full-length feature of Race 2. In France just over a week ago, the 24-year-old Turkish ace beat main championship adversary Jonathan Rea to cross the line first in all three races.
Carrying a slim seven-point lead in the overall riders’ standings, the aim for Razgatlıoğlu remains the same: to tackle one race at a time and challenge for the win in every single one.
With a performance in 2021 so far that sees him a “shoe-in” for Rookie of the Year, #55 rider Locatelli brings additional experience to the next few rounds as WorldSBK visits more traditional GP venues. The young Italian is eager to add to his three podiums and step onto the rostrum again as soon as possible.
The main WorldSBK schedule including Free Practice 1 will start as normal on Friday morning at 10:30 (CEST), with an afternoon Free Practice 2 session from 15:00, both lasting 45 minutes.