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Razgatlioglu wins WorldSBK’s 900th race, Bautista second

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Razgatlioglu wins WorldSBK’s 900th race, Bautista second

Razgatlioglu wins WorldSBK’s 900th race, Bautista second
Razgatlioglu wins WorldSBK’s 900th race, Bautista secondThe Turkish rider took the Race 1 win by 4.324s, Bautista and Rea completed the podium.
Race 1 highlights – WorldSBK
P1 – Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK)

  • After obliterating the lap record to take pole position, Razgatlioglu won Race 1 at Mandalika.
  • He crossed the finish line with a 4.324s advantage for his 30th victory.
  • He remains second in the Championship standings with 450 points.

Today, I am very happy because we are very strong. In FP3, it was a very good lap time and in Superpole it was an unbelievable lap time! For me, it was important to win the race. It was good for me but not easy for anybody because of the very hot conditions. In the race, I made just one mistake, but I didn’t crash. In corner six, I touched the dirty line and in corner seven I closed the gas because the rear was sliding. I felt the sliding after I touched the gas. I went wide because it wasn’t possible to turn. Afterwards, I remember Marc Marquez who had a very big crash here. Always, I am just scared of corner seven because you have just one line and you try to ride this line. You are always thinking this but sometimes make a mistake.”Razgatlioglu Wins Worldsbk’s 900th Race, Bautista Second

P2 – Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati)

  • Bautista battled with Rea to secure second place.
  • He will still be able to take the title in the next race, the Tissot Superpole Race. He will be Champion if he finishes first and Razgatlioglu is eighth or lower.

“Today, I’m happy with second position. I think it was the maximum we could achieve today. For sure, Toprak is very strong this weekend and the pace was amazing. Sincerely, I didn’t expect this pace for all the race, maybe in the first lap doing ’33s but then slow down, but he could keep the pace. In the end, I didn’t have such a good Superpole because I had some troubles during the session, and I couldn’t make a perfect lap and started from fifth. I had a good start, I gained some positions and then at the beginning, with 60 centimetres of good asphalt, it’s easy to make a mistake. So, I just wanted to be clam at the beginning, try to not make mistakes and to not go out of the good line. Then I started to fight with Andrea and Jonathan. When I was second, Toprak was first with a gap. But even if I had been closer, I don’t think I could have caught him because his pace was really good. I tried to keep focused and do my best. And today the best was finish second so I’m happy for that.”

P3 – Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)

  • With 425 points, Rea is now mathematically out of title contention as he lost ground to Bautista by finishing third.

“The race was better than expected. Yesterday I had a really difficult Friday. I was riding the bike, not in a nice way. I was very aggressive on the bike with the low grip surface. Step by step, my team understood how to make changes, how I needed to ride, and it really helped me. Today I was much closer to fighting with Toprak in the beginning today, and then with Alvaro a little bit. I didn’t expect to be there. A podium was my target. We achieved that. I think we can learn a lot more for tomorrow to try to make changes to the bike, generate some more rear traction. Today I was worried about my front tyre, it didn’t look good but in Parc Fermé it looked so much worse than the others. Everyone is struggling in that area, but rear traction we need to try to improve for tomorrow. We’ll put our head together and try to improve there for tomorrow.” 

P4 – Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK)

  • Locatelli claimed fourth place to take his firth top-five finish since Estoril.

“It’s a positive day for me and my team. We worked hard from Friday. Unfortunately, during the race, I lost the opportunity to follow Jonathan and Alvaro because in the end my rhythm was similar to his. We’ll try again tomorrow. I’m really excited to have had my first front row, it’s important for me, for my future, and to believe in myself. In the end, it was a positive day and we’re looking for tomorrow. I think we can finish the weekend in a good way.”

P5 – Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati)

  • Rinaldi was fighting for fourth but eventually conceded four seconds to Locatelli.

I started quite well from a bad position. But then in the first laps I couldn’t do my pace. I wasn’t feeling good with the bike. But then after six laps, the bike started to feel really good. So, I started to push, and I overtook the other riders until five laps from the end, I overtook Locatelli and was fourth. But then the last three laps, I had a huge drop of the rear tyre, and I couldn’t turn, go inside of the corner with the angle. For sure, I’m happy about the pace in the middle of the race because it was similar to the top guys. So, I’m happy about that. We need to improve the first five laps and the last four laps. And if we can do that, we can fight for the podium tomorrow.”

P6 – Xavi Vierge (Team HRC)

  • Vierge was the sole Team HRC rider in Race 1 as Iker Lecuona was declared unfit after crashing in FP2.

“It has been a really difficult day. The track is getting better every session so it’s really difficult to understand the changes on the bike, if we’re going in the right direction or not. But anyway, I think we are doing a good job. We had a solid race. It was important to not make mistakes. We are missing a little bit to try to make a step forward to try to fight for a better position tomorrow.”

Razgatlioglu Wins Worldsbk’s 900th Race, Bautista SecondWorldSBK action resumes on Sunday from 08:30 (Local Time) with the Warm-Up, followed by Tissot Superpole Race at 10:30 and Race 2 at 13:30.

WorldSBK Results Race 1
1. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK)
2. Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) +4.324s
3. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) +11.855s
4. Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) +19.954s
5. Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) +23.992s
6. Xavi Vierge (Team HRC) +27.114s

Razgatlioglu Wins Worldsbk’s 900th Race, Bautista SecondChampionship standings (after Race 1 – Round 11)
1. Alvaro Bautista (ESP) Ducati (527 points)
2. Toprak Razgatlioglu (TUR) Yamaha (450 points)
3. Jonathan Rea (GBR) Kawasaki (425 points)

WorldSBK Results Tissot Superpole
1. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) 1’31.371s
2. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) +1.052s
3. Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) +1.092s

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