The 2023 FIM Superbike World Championship continues in the Czech Republic, but Most is still relatively new for the series and its protagonists – used for the first time in the Covid-restricted 2021 season, with the previous Czech Round held at the popular Brno circuit until 2018. But Most’s history dates back much further as the first permanent motor racing facility in then Czechoslovakia when it opened in 1983, though racing took place in the local area for many decades before it was formally established.
Razgatlıoğlu holds the win and podium record for the WorldSBK field – four wins and a total of six out of six podiums, a 100% strike rate. His win in the Superpole Race last year was also a landmark 100th win for Yamaha in WorldSBK. Locatelli’s third place in Race 1 in 2021 was a nice moment to share the rostrum with his teammate, and the team’s Italian rider has always finished in the top six.
After Most’s new resurfacing was introduced for 2022 edition, #54 Crew Chief for Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK, Phil Marron says the start point for Most this weekend is more straight-forward than the previous round.
“For Most, we need a bike which is quite stable in braking – the Turn 1 chicane approach can be almost 295kph in fifth and back to first gear at just 70kph,” Marron explains. “There are a lot of second-gear turns which will require refinement for the corner entry settings, and power delivery to get off the mid-speed turns. Natural turning and agility is also very important as the track is quite narrow, which means the rider must be confident he can place the bike where he wants with precision.”
The aim this weekend, from 28-30 July, is to continue to positive momentum created by the Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK squad’s double win and team double podium delivered in Imola – starting from the first session with Free Practice 1 on Friday morning.