It couldn’t have gone much better for the 24-year-old, as his second race victory of the 2020 season was preceded by his first-ever pole position with an astonishing gap of 0.702s to the next competitor. Razgatlıoğlu’s milestone was also the first pole position recorded by a Turkish rider at WorldSBK level.
Starting sixth on the grid, teammate Michael van der Mark started making progress to the front of the chasing pack – setting the fastest lap of the race on lap six and moving to within striking distance of the podium positions. Disappointingly, just a lap and a half later, the Dutchman suffered a slow low-side crash as he lost the front tyre under braking into Turn 7 and was forced to retire from the race.
The truncated 2020 season now offers only two more opportunities for podiums and wins, with tomorrow’s Tissot Superpole Race at 11:00 local time (GMT+1) and the final full-length race of the season at a revised start time of 15:15.