In his hunt for the WorldSBK Championship title, Razgatlıoğlu collected another crucial 16 points with third place as track temperatures soared towards 50 degrees Celsius, making conditions incredibly difficult for the whole grid. It was something of a relief after a less-than-perfect qualifying that saw the Turkish ace start from P8 in the tightly-contested top 10 positions.
Locatelli by contrast started the day off completely “on point”, topping the timesheets of Free Practice 3 in the cooler morning session with the quickest lap time of the weekend at that point. The Italian WorldSBK rookie took his best qualifying result of the season so far with the fourth-quickest time, and best Yamaha, before making a clean getaway to run third in the early stages of Race 1. While the hot conditions were also detrimental to “Loka’s” goal to fight at the front, he was able to complete his sixth consecutive top-four race finish.
There could be a small reprieve for everyone tomorrow as the forecast predicts the day’s high at a cooler 26 degrees Celsius. Either way, the Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK team is aiming to “take a step” to fight for victory in the Superpole Race at 11:00 (CEST) as well as Race 2 at 14:00, all following a 15-minute Warm Up from 09:00.
For Race 1 results, click here.