The event was run under an appropriately subdued atmosphere due to the tragic passing of WorldSSP300 rider Dean Berta Viñales, following an accident yesterday afternoon. Everybody involved in the Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK team would like to extend their sincerest sympathies to Dean’s family, friends and team.
Having achieved pole position in qualifying, Razgatlıoğlu went on to win Race 1, his 50th career WorldSBK start, after a hard-fought battle with championship rival Jonathan Rea.
With two full-length races on the schedule, it was a quick turnaround for Race 2 this afternoon, where the Turkish rider looked set to take a lights-to-flag second victory until Ducati’s Scott Redding mounted a fierce challenge for the win in the final laps. Redding was only allowed a short look at the lead before Razgatlıoğlu regained control of the race and defended superbly on the final lap to cross the line for the double win.
Teammate Andrea Locatelli was in equally fine form, achieving two fourth-place finishes, but was denied the opportunity to stand on the podium alongside Razgatlıoğlu by less than a second in both races. The #55 rookie has now become a firm fixture in the “front group” of the premier class and can be proud of his performances on the flowing Spanish circuit.
Today’s results see Razgatlıoğlu take a 20-point lead in the Riders’ Championship, Yamaha a 15-point lead in the Manufacturers’ Championship and Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK a 48-point lead in the Team Standings, with three rounds to go.
The WorldSBK paddock heads directly to Portimão to prepare for the last of the triple-header rounds before two long-haul events in Argentina and Indonesia complete the season. The Portuguese rollercoaster circuit has long been a venue for fierce and exciting racing, as well as podiums for Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK, but the team intends to keep the same level and considered approach as they aim to fight for further race wins.
For Race 1 results, click here.
For Race 2 results, click here.