Razgatlıoğlu, whose victory in the 10-lap sprint race this morning marked his 100th race start in WorldSBK, closed the gap to Jonathan Rea in the Riders’ Championship to just three points with another two outstanding performances on the tricky Most circuit.
After his dominant lights-to-flag win this morning, the team’s 24-year-old Turkish rider got away cleanly from pole at the start of Race 2 – initially taking teammate Locatelli with him for a team 1-2 in the opening laps. Despite his intent to win again, as temperatures rose and grip levels reduced, Razgatlıoğlu made the mature decision to settle for second position behind Scott Redding, and bank an important 20 points towards his title campaign.
Showing immense skill and resolve well beyond his 18 race starts in WorldSBK, Locatelli took fourth in the Superpole Race to start Race 2 on the second row. His Race 2 defence against Redding into Turn 1 in the early laps drew applause from the Czech crowds, as he timed a late corner entry to cut across the Ducati rider perfectly.
Ultimately unable to hold the eventual race winner off, the young Italian then fought closely with six-time World Champion Jonathan Rea – pushing the championship leader throughout the middle part of the 22-lap feature to finish with another strong fourth place.
With both riders finishing in the top four positions in all three races – the best performance of any team this weekend – Yamaha now leads a tightly contested Manufacturers’ Championship by three points from Kawasaki, with Ducati only a further three points adrift.
Another exciting new circuit, Navarra in the north of Spain, is coming up next as the seventh round and ‘halfway point’ of the 2021 WorldSBK season, from 20-22 August.
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