The sprint to the finish against Kawasaki’s Alex Lowes came following a meteoric rise through the field, after the 24-year-old Turkish rider was forced to start from the fourth row of the grid. Razgatlıoğlu was relegated to start from 10th position after his best qualifying time was deleted for exceeding track limits in this morning’s Superpole session, but he quickly rose to the podium positions by just lap five of 18. As the race developed, TV viewers were treated to some of the closest competition possible at speeds of up to 314kph – with Razgatlıoğlu and Lowes even touching at points while trading places in the final laps!
Meanwhile, WorldSBK rookie Andrea Locatelli demonstrated a mature performance after qualifying 14th in his first ever Superpole session, making his way past seasoned competitors to finish in a strong 10th place. His debut race result bodes well for the coming season as an official Yamaha WorldSBK rider, as “Loka” looks to improve and increase his understanding with each and every session on track.
Cloud cover is expected to keep the ambient temperature below 18°C tomorrow for the 10-lap Superpole Race at 11:00 (CEST) and full-length Race 2 after lunch at 14:00. If today’s action is anything to go by, these will be another two races you don’t want to miss!
For Race 1 results, click here.