Razgatlıoğlu, teammate Andrea Locatelli and the rest of the WorldSBK field found their normal Friday running programme disrupted by a wet track surface this morning after heavy rain overnight, as many chose to wait for a drier race line to develop than take any unnecessary risks in Free Practice 1.
In order to “catch up”, the Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK team made the most of the fully-dry afternoon session with race-pace simulations for both riders, managing the 45-minute session carefully to minimise any lost running time with changes in the pit box.
Locatelli had the most catching up to do of all, having never ridden at Magny-Cours in dry conditions. Despite finishing the day just outside of the top 10, the young Italian was only 0.688s from Razgatlıoğlu’s fastest overall time.
Tomorrow, both riders will be back in action with Razgatlıoğlu aiming to fight for another win to add to his already outstanding 2021 results, while Locatelli has the goal to improve on his run of fourth-place finishes and to contend for another podium in his rookie WorldSBK season. Free Practice 3 starts at 09:00 (CEST), before Superpole qualifying at 11:10 and Race 1 at 14:00.
For Friday's combined times, click here.