Heading into the day with a 30-point advantage in the championship, Razgatlıoğlu sealed the title in this morning’s first race at the Mandalika International Street Circuit. Needing to finish ahead of, or directly behind, title rival Jonathan Rea to secure his first World Championship, the flying Turk engaged in a fierce race-long battle both with Rea and Ducati’s Scott Redding, finally fighting back from third position after a rare error in the tricky conditions and setting the fastest lap of the race to follow Rea across the line, and achieve his life-long dream.
Razgatlıoğlu becomes Turkey’s maiden WorldSBK champion and Yamaha’s first since 2009, while the 25-year-old is also the first rider to win the title having also won a support category (2015 European Superstock Championship).
The thrilling Mandalika event rounds off one of the most exciting WorldSBK seasons in history, where fans witnessed some of the most intense battles ever seen. Razgatlıoğlu ended the campaign with 13 wins, 29 podiums and three pole positions. The #54 rider started today’s races from the front of the grid and rounded off his year with a fourth-place finish in treacherous wet conditions, after yet more exciting battling that has become a staple of the 2021 season.
Teammate Andrea Locatelli had already claimed the 2021 Rookie of the Year title in Argentina, and rode superbly in Lombok to finish an impressive fourth from fifth on the grid in Race 1, while his mature eighth-place finish in the wet second race ensured he improved to fourth in the final riders’ standings. Loka’s consistency and rapidly improving form over the course of the season were critical to the achievement of both the Manufactures’ and Teams’ titles, highlighting just how impressive the 25-year-old has been this year.
The inaugural Indonesian event marks the end of the 2021 WorldSBK championship, and following the Championship celebrations the Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK team will be fully focused on 2022, to give Razgatlıoğlu and Locatelli the best chance at fighting for the World title once again.
For Race 1 results, click here.
For Race 2 results and the final championship standings, click here.