Magny-Cours saw Razgatlıoğlu cross the line first in all three races last year, as well as debuting his spectacular chequered-flag “stoppie” finish in Race 1. The French venue has also held celebrations for Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK in past seasons, with multiple double podiums and plenty of prosecco showers dating back to 2017. In 2021, it was then-rookie Locatelli who joined his teammate on the podium with a rousing third place finish in Race 1 as well.
Magny-Cours is also infamous for showers of another kind, as autumnal weather can make conditions in the Nièvre region difficult to predict at this time of year. Long range forecast for this week sees potential rain on Friday and cloud over the weekend, but as always no one can be sure until each session is live.
The season will officially resume when the team’s R1 WorldSBKs take to the track on Friday for Free Practice 1 and 2 from 10:30 (CEST) and 15:00 respectively, with the first championship points-paying race starting on Saturday at 14:00.