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Razgatlıoğlu soars to pole, as torrential rain sees race 1 at Mandalika postponed

Pata Yamaha and Toprak RazgatlıoÄŸlu (Brixx WorldSBK) will start tomorrow’s FIM Superbike World Championship races at the top of the grid, after a formidable Superpole performance seeing him be the fastest on the Mandalika International Circuit with 0.324 second ahead of his rival Jonathan Rea.

With today’s race canceled due to heavy rains, Sunday’s new schedule includes two feature film competitions. RazgatlıoÄŸlu has a 30-point lead over Rea, which means the Turkish rider has a chance to seal the title in tomorrow’s opener, if he finishes within five points of the Kawasaki rider.

His team-mate Andrea Locatelli also put in a strong performance in qualifying, with the Italian rookie expected to line up on the second row from the fifth. The 2021 rookie is in a battle with Ducati’s Michael Ruben Rinaldi for fourth place in the standings, with his compatriot set to start in 14th place.

After a Warm Up at 9:00 a.m. (GMT + 8), the first points of the weekend are offered in Race 1 at 11:00 a.m., with the last race of the WorldSBK 2021 season kicking off at 3:00 p.m.

Toprak RazgatlıoÄŸlu: Superpole – P1 (1’32.877)
“Today we didn’t get off to a good start because in FP3 we had a gear change problem and I was only able to establish two lap times. For qualifying, the bike is fixed and I was able to do a few quick laps, also the track record. I love this circuit, and each session for me better grip and better feel. Right before the race we had a lot of rain, crazy rain, the first time I see this in Indonesia, so the race was canceled. Tomorrow we don’t know what the weather will be like, but we’ll see and I’ll try to fight for the win in the last two races. I always watch the races and I don’t focus on the championship.

Andrea Locatelli: Superpole – P5 (1’33.588)
“So in the end our second day is not that bad for qualifying because we are improving a lot in FP3. I have more feeling with the bike today and unfortunately we are not racing today with the conditions, but I think we are still ready for the race. We’ll see tomorrow, but we’re definitely trying to take a step forward. If we have dry conditions, we try to improve a bit more tomorrow morning during the Warm Up. I’m happy because in the end, we start P5, it’s not so bad for us and the feeling after Argentina returns. Now we have to prepare for the races tomorrow, but for sure we can try to end the season with the best result.

Paul Denning – Team Principal, Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK
“It’s a shame that race 1 had to be canceled today. Guess it’s monsoon season in Indonesia and the risk has always been there. So maybe the race may be a slightly different time in the future because of it. Despite some technical setbacks in FP3, Toprak once again dominated the Superpole, with an incredible 32 second lap, supported by a great job from Loka to finish fifth. We will start from these positions in both races tomorrow and just focus on doing our best as always. On behalf of Yamaha and the team, I would like to apologize to all the Indonesian fans who are so excited and have waited so long today for a race. Hope they can come back tomorrow and have fun. Semakin di Depan!


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