The Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK rider didn’t take long to get up to speed even with tricky conditions on track following a sandstorm yesterday afternoon, setting the fastest lap time in Free Practice 1 by almost exactly half a second (0.501s) from the next closest riders Scott Redding and main championship rival Jonathan Rea.
The times tumbled further in the afternoon session as the track surface cleared, in spite of the team’s usual shift to focus on a race simulation, in its tried-and-tested running plan for Friday of each WorldBSK event. After improving to post the fastest overall lap time of 1'37.872, set on the 14th lap of his long run, Razgatlıoğlu and the team ended the day pleased with the package they have prepared for tomorrow’s race.
For teammate Andrea Locatelli, it was the first opportunity to turn a wheel in anger at the picturesque circuit and he finished the day with the eighth-fastest time from Free Practice 2, within striking distance of the top six. He and the #55 Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK crew will look to make improvements to his R1 WorldSBK to help “Loka” search for more grip and confidence in FP3 starting at 10:00 local time (UTC-3).
With just six races remaining in 2021, the second to last Superpole qualifying will start at 12:10 to decide the grid positions for Race 1 taking place at 15:00 – where all eyes will be on the battle for race and championship supremacy once again.
For Friday’s combined times, click here.