Razgatlıoğlu, who has just climbed to second overall in the Riders’ Championship standings following his double victory in Magny-Cours, celebrated two second-place podiums at the Catalunya Round in 2021 and was also on course for a confident wet race victory if not for a technical fault that saw him retire from the lead with just five laps remaining.
Barcelona holds happy memories for teammate Locatelli, as the site he sealed the 2020 FIM Supersport World Championship title. After a mixed weekend in 2021 with a best fifth-place finish from Race 2, “Loka” is hoping to challenge the podium runners in the premier class once again.
Despite only joining the series calendar in 2020, the 4.657 km Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya has become a regular testing venue for the WorldSBK field – seen in action as recently as just one month ago, when all the top teams visited during the summer break to gather high temperature data in anticipation of this very round.
Thunderstorms and lightning forecast for Saturday and Sunday could put paid to any pre-race predictions based on that test, with the only certainty being another action-packed WorldSBK round ahead. Friday Free Practice 1 and 2 – each 45-minutes long – will start from 10:30 (CEST) and 15:00.