Razgatlıoğlu, fresh from winning both full-length races at Donington Park in the UK,
is looking to continue to take the fight to main rival Jonathan Rea and the rest of the WorldSBK field. The 24-year-old Turkish “wunderkind” has been on the podium in every single dry race this season so far, a running record which the Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK rider will aim to maintain this weekend.
Despite a two-year break in WorldSBK events held at the historic “Cathedral of Speed” as Assen is known, Razgatlıoğlu’s current upward trajectory holds higher expectations than his trio of ninth-place results achieved at the venue more than two years ago.
It will be the first time both of the team’s riders have ridden a Yamaha R1 WorldSBK around the 4.542 km circuit, with Locatelli bringing experience from his Moto2 and Moto3 career across to the WorldSBK category. The 24-year-old Italian took sixth place and his best Moto2 result in the highly-competitive MotoGP feeder class, in the Netherlands in 2019.
Track action begins on Friday morning with Free Practice 1 at 10:30 (CEST), followed by Free Practice 2 at 15:00. While the weather forecast looks fine and temperate for most of the event, the team will be keeping an eye on Sunday in particular which shows the potential for thunderstorms.