With Yamaha riders locking out the second row of the grid in Spain, Pata Yamaha’s Razgatlıoğlu made a lightning start, as he rose from fifth to second on the approach to Turn 1. For the proceeding laps, the Turkish rider hounded the rear of Jonathan Rea’s Kawasaki, as the front four began to pull away from the rest of the field.
Razgatlıoğlu continued to battle for the lead with Rea and Scott Redding, as the rising track temperatures saw the riders focus on tyre conservation in the second half of the 20-lap race. The Phillip Island race winner continued to fight with the front-runners, holding off the charging Chaz Davies to cross the line in third place, collecting more important championship points for his title challenge.
Having clocked the fastest time in Saturday morning’s FP3, as well as a strong performance in the Superpole, Van der Mark was looking forward to a good result at the 4.428 km circuit, but a technical problem forced the Dutchman to retire on the eighth lap.
GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team’s rookie duo for this season, Garrett Gerloff and Federico Caricasulo, showed promising pace in practice and lined up inside the top 15 on the grid for the Jerez opener.
Gerloff made a good getaway and climbed three places to 12th in the early stages, going on to take the chequered flag in a solid 11th position. Teammate Caricasulo dropped back from his 13th place grid slot, but was making a promising comeback before crashing out from 11th at the left-hander of Turn 3.
Ten Kate Yamaha WorldSBK Supported Team’s Loris Baz, who had made an excellent start to the weekend with the fastest time on Friday, was just a few bike lengths behind the podium places throughout the race and held on to take a deserved fifth-place finish in front of many factory entries.
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