It was also a historic day for Yamaha, as the Superpole Race victory became the 100th win in WorldSBK for the Japanese manufacturer. A further victory was added to the tally from Race 2, as the Turkish ace treated fans at the Autodrom to another no-holds barred three-way fight against Alvaro Bautista (Ducati) and Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki). Almost finding “another gear” towards the end, he hit the front for a final time on Lap 17 and, demonstrating unbelievable pace, set the fastest race lap on Lap 20 of 22.
Razgatlıoğlu has now led laps in 15 consecutive races, an outright WorldSBK record, and has crossed the line in the lead 140 times this season to date (ahead of both Bautista on 100 and Rea on 71).
The defending champion has also won six of the last eight WorldSBK races – and today’s performance has allowed Razgatlıoğlu to narrow the deficit to second-placed Rea to just seven points in the Riders’ Championship (26 after the UK Round), and 38 to series leader Bautista. Yamaha and the team have also both overtaken Kawasaki in the Manufacturers’ and Teams’ Standings, but at mid-season the competition remains extremely close.
Contributing to both of the latter statistics is teammate Andrea Locatelli, whose consistency to finish in the top six remains very solid. While disappointed with “only” three P6 results this weekend, “Loka” retains fourth place in the championship and increases the gap to 14 points to the chasing pack.
Next on the calendar for Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK is a two-day test at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on the weekend of 20-21 August before Razgatlıoğlu and Locatelli join the McAMS Yamaha British Superbike team for a very special guest appearance and demo laps at Cadwell Park in the UK on Monday, 29 August.