The French Round has been a happy hunting ground for the Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK team and its riders on separate occasions. Razgatlıoğlu, who calls Magny-Cours his favourite circuit, celebrated his first wins in the production-based WorldSBK Championship back in 2019 with two spectacular victories from 16th on the grid.
In 2020, when Turkish ace joined as an official Yamaha rider, the weather was not so kind in the Nièvre region and three days of heavy rain saw tricky conditions on track for the WorldSBK field. Rain could be on the cards yet again, as the forecast shows thunderstorms predicted on Saturday.
Whatever the weather, Razgatlıoğlu’s focus is only on winning the races ahead – and not his lead in the Riders’ Championship which is currently shared on points with Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea. The “lead” is due to a regulation which does not count Superpole Race wins in the event of a count-back at the end of the season.
With a new record in hand for the most consecutive fourth-place finishes (five in a row), teammate Locatelli is aiming to step back on to the podium this weekend but knows it will be tough to take the fight to the front. His consistency and increasing pace saw “Loka” jump from eighth in the riders’ standings to a seriously impressive fifth overall last time out in Navarra, with fourth not so far away.
Free Practice 1 will start on Friday morning at 10:30 (CEST) and allow 45 minutes of track running to get everything “dialled in” to the French circuit, followed by an afternoon session from 15:00.