Nicknamed “The Rollercoaster”, the 4.592km circuit in the southern Algarve region is a spectacular favourite on the calendar for teams and riders alike. Ever the stuntman, Razgatlıoğlu entertained everyone by taking flight at the end of Free Practice 1 and 2 on the cool-down lap over the infamous Turn 11 jump.
The rest of the day was business as usual, as the Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK crews got to work on race-pace simulation and Yamaha R1 WorldSBK set-ups for the points-paying races this weekend. Both riders finished the day less than four-tenths from the podium positions in outright lap pace – though neither pushed for a qualifying-style lap.
With just six nail-biting races to go this season, tomorrow offers one of those as a chance for Razgatlıoğlu to close in on championship-leader Alvaro Bautista – but not before one final 30-minute Free Practice 3 at 9:00 CEST and Superpole qualifying at 11:10 before Race 1 at 14:00.