However, after a formal protest to the FIM Stewards by a rival team, Razgatlıoğlu was deemed to have exceeded track limits on the final lap of the Superpole Race this morning, and as such was delivered a one-place penalty sanction following the final classification of Race 2 later in the day.
Fans of WorldSBK were treated to two outstanding battles in both the Superpole Race and Race 2, as Razgatlıoğlu and main championship rival Jonathan Rea went toe-to-toe in an unbelievable show of two-wheel motorsport racing talent. This morning, they chased each other down to the final corner of the 10-lap sprint – with Rea taking the lead into the Imola Chicane before Razgatlıoğlu responded to take it back at Turn 15 directly before the final corner.
The afternoon’s feature was much of the same as the two pushed each other until the latter stages. Taking the lead on Lap 11, Razgatlıoğlu was able to pull away over the final few laps, setting a blistering pace to take a dominant victory of almost three seconds from Rea.
For teammate Andrea Locatelli, Sunday’s racing was a little less complex but still required a huge dose of speed and determination. After celebrating his third podium of the season yesterday in Race 1, the #55 rider took two fine fourth-place finishes to move into fourth position overall in the Riders’ Championship standings – a magnificent achievement at this stage of his rookie season.
The Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK team looks forward to challenging for victory again at the next round from 17-19 September, as the first of three back-to-back race weekends kicks off at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.