Starting from third position on the front row of the grid, Razgatlıoğlu got away quickly with eventual race winner Scott Redding. In a frantically-paced race, the Turkish ace remained in striking distance and kept the pressure on for a full 21 laps, equally defending himself in the closing stages from Jonathan Rea. The lead trio crossed the line within less than a second of each other and completed the race 8.6 seconds from the fourth-place rider.
Both Razgatlıoğlu and teammate Andrea Locatelli capitalised on their grid positions, due in part to the penalties given to other riders in Superpole, with Locatelli promoted to start from ninth after qualifying 11th. With a clear view of the field in front of him, the team’s WorldSBK rookie had his best start to date as he shot forward to seventh in the opening lap. Some errors halted his progress inside the top 10 but by regaining his pace and rolling with the punches, the 24-year-old Italian was able to recover from 15th to finish 10th overall.
Will a win for Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK be on the cards tomorrow? We’ll find out in the 10-lap Superpole Race at 11:00 (UTC+1) and/or Race 2 at 14:00, all taking place after a quick 15-minute Warm-Up session at 09:00.
For Race 1 results, click here.