With the pace to potentially challenge for victory in every race, it was a case of “what might have been” for the 24-year-old Turkish racer. He finished the 10-lap all-out-sprint Superpole Race this morning just 0.69s from winner Jonathan Rea, with yesterday’s race winner Scott Redding breathing down his neck in third.
Starting Race 2 from the middle of the front row, Razgatlıoğlu made a jump start before the lights went out, which he then caught and effectively penalised himself with a poor getaway to run fourth in the opening lap. The FIM Stewards issued a double “long-lap” penalty which, after fighting back from the poor start to second position, then further relegated the #54 R1 WorldSBK to sixth position on lap six. With 15 laps left, Razgatlıoğlu immediately set about his charge to return to the podium.
By way of consolation for the missed opportunity to battle for victory, the Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK still team leave Portugal laden with trophies, as Razgatlıoğlu also picked up the Pirelli Fastest Lap Award in Race 1, third in Superpole qualifying and podium results in all three races.
Teammate and rookie Andrea Locatelli rode a phenomenal Race 2 this afternoon, just his sixth start in the premier class, to finish a very strong fifth from 12th position on the grid. The young Italian took another step forward in performance today, with a promising Warm-Up session and improved pace in the Superpole Race following a battle with Chaz Davies, before his WorldSBK career-best performance so far in Race 2.
Next up, Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK head to Misano Adriatico in just over a week’s time for the Pirelli Made in Italy Emilia-Romagna Round, the third round of the championship taking place on 11-13 June.