The pair made up the sixth and 13th-place positions respectively as part of a densely packed main field of 14 top riders within less than a second of defending WorldSBK Champion Jonathan Rea’s time of 1’34.391.
Current 2021 championship leader Razgatlıoğlu and his crew found the combination of the new Assen surface and cooler conditions made it difficult to determine the optimal choice from Pirelli’s three rear tyre compounds available this weekend – a dilemma his Italian teammate Locatelli also shared, while finishing the day happily just 0.69s off the fastest time.
The race weather forecast is almost anyone’s guess as thunderstorms are due by early evening tomorrow and predicted to continue into Sunday. But the team is keeping its fingers crossed for dry conditions particularly for the 15-minute window of Superpole qualifying at 11:10 (CEST) and 21-lap Race 1 at 14:00, all after one final Free Practice session at 09:00 of 30 minutes.
For Friday's combined times, click here.