Turkish ace Razgatlıoğlu’s recovered spectacularly after struggling for confidence on the tricky 4.445km track layout during Friday Free Practice with some of the hottest local conditions ever seen in WorldSBK. Today’s weather was a completely different story though, as both temperatures and rain fell on the island.
A dry Superpole qualifying session saw Razgatlıoğlu set a scintillating lap time of 1'29.400 to start Race 1 from pole position. But inclement weather in Free Practice 3 meant limited running for all riders before the first points-paying race of the season this afternoon.
The playing field was levelled by the start of Race 1 as heavy rain fell across the circuit late this afternoon. Despite a low visibility start, the Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK riders settled into a clean race rhythm in the opening laps to run fourth and fifth with Razgatlıoğlu in front.
The Turkish rider found a way through on Kawasaki’s Alex Lowes for P3 at the end of Lap 4 to take his first podium of the season at the chequered flag, with “Loka” following his teammate across the line in P4 thanks to his own consistency across the race.
Tomorrow is the final day of action at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit with a short Warm-Up session at 10:30 local time (UTC+11) and two more chances at podiums, points and race wins: Superpole Race at 13:00 and 22-lap Race 2 at 16:00.