To start with, 24-year-old Razgatlıoğlu set about the business of securing a better grid position for Race 2 in the 10-lap Superpole Race this morning. With a drying track being declared a “Wet Race”, there was no option but to run on intermediate tyres in the slightly damp conditions. With sixth position at the chequered flag and fastest lap of the race, he was able to start from the second row this afternoon.
Earlier today #54 Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK Crew Chief Phil Marron predicted that the race would be dry – and while spots of rain on the grid threatened otherwise – he proved to be right. The dry circuit led to another no-holds-barred fight between the team’s Turkish rider and Jonathan Rea for the first 10 laps until Rea made a mistake on the entry to Coppice Corner. With Rea failing to score any points, Razgatlıoğlu takes the series lead by a slim margin of two points – the first time a Yamaha rider has led the production-based championship since its return to WorldSBK in 2016.
Razgatlıoğlu’s teammate Andrea Locatelli was disappointed by his Race 2 result but, considering the level is so high, Locatelli’s step-by-step progression and intelligent approach to his rookie WorldSBK season has impressed many.
Despite struggling with rear wheel spin particularly in the latter stages of Race 2, the young Italian delivered another points-scoring result where others faltered and kept a cool head in the tricky Superpole Race to finish in the top nine, which allowed him a better start position for the second main race of the weekend.
The fifth round of the championship awaits for Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK at the TT Circuit Assen, The Netherlands, in less than three weeks’ time from 23-25 July.