After a promising Superpole qualifying session that saw Razgatlıoğlu start from second on the grid, and Locatelli sixth, the team’s Turkish ace made a phenomenal start as the lights went out to pull away from the pack before the first corner.
Fresh from announcing his new contract with Yamaha until the end of 2023, Locatelli also made a superb start to follow his teammate in second position. Despite his best efforts, the young Italian was swallowed up by the chasing pack as he found himself struggling for corner exit grip in the wet conditions, and was only able to salvage 12th at the end of 20 laps.
Back at the front, after main championship rival Jonathan Rea made an early pass to lead in the opening laps, Razgatlıoğlu enjoyed a fantastic fight with independent Ducati rider Axel Bassani and then was able to find a winning pace to reel Rea back in as his confidence grew. On Lap 12, Razgatlıoğlu sent his #54 Yamaha R1 WorldSBK up the inside of the Kawasaki rider into Turn 4 to take control of the lead.
With five laps to go, disaster struck as a yet undiagnosed electrical fault halted Razgatlıoğlu’s R1 and his valiant efforts, and forced him to retire from the race.
Tomorrow is a new day for the Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK squad and with a clear weather forecast it will be a chance to reset and “go again”. A short 15-minute Warm-Up at 09:00 (CEST) precedes the 10-lap Superpole Race at 11:00 and the main 20-lap Race 2 at the later time of 15:15.
For Race 1 results, click here.