After testing extensively on Monday and Tuesday of this week the team carried on the good work into the first day of the new FIM Superbike World Championship season, although sitting out the opening session this morning due to adverse weather conditions.
As the FP1 session provided a tricky track surface for all, neither of Yamaha’s Official riders took to the track, simply to make sure that they would be fully ready for the dry conditions of FP2.
Razgatlıoğlu worked on his set-up and finally ended up second fastest over a single lap, after showing real commitment to finding the furthest extremes of his machine’s capabilities near the end of the session.
A new signing to Yamaha this year, he has proven to be fast from the start on the R1 and is now riding with a consistently high pace that should make him a threat to the podium places from the first race of the season on Saturday.
Van der Mark, enjoying the performance improvement from the multiple changes made to his 2020 spec WorldSBK machine, was third overall on day one, making it a positive day for all in the new look Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official with Rizla team. The Dutch rider finished a short but intense day just 0.051 seconds from his new teammate Razgatlıoğlu.
The Pata Yamaha rider spent most of his time working on tyre options to ensure that both he and Razgatlıoğlu can provide the best possible race-long results on a track that is notorious for being a tough test of grip and durability over race distance.
On Saturday 29 February van der Mark and Razgatlıoğlu will face a final FP3 session, then Superpole qualifying to determine their grid positions and finally Race One itself, to be held over 22 laps of the 4.445km long Phillip Island circuit.