Rampant Razgatlioglu rockets to top spot in Warm Up, Bautista P6

Sunday, 1 October 2023 08:30 GMT

The 2021 Champion was more than six tenths clear on Sunday morning as the riders got ready for a crucial day of action in Portugal

Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK) put in a mega lap in the 15-minute Warm Up session for the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship field at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve on Sunday morning. The Yamaha rider was 0.647s clear of his rivals as Sunday’s action at the Pirelli Portuguese Round got underway while title rival Alvaro Bautista ( Racing – Ducati), who can win his second Championship today if he outscores the #54 by 10 points across the two races, was sixth.

Razgatlioglu was down the order until the final few minutes of the 15-minute session but a stunning 1’39.726s hauled the #54 and finished more than six tenths clear of his rivals. The Yamaha star completed two stints in Warm Up, with his fastest lap coming on his second stint. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) took second after posting a 1’40.373s, with Razgatlioglu the only rider in the 1’39s. Michael Ruben Rinaldi ( Racing – Ducati) was the lead Ducati rider in third as he lapped 0.907s slower than Razgatlioglu. Both Rea and Rinaldi completed one stint of eight laps, two shy of the Tissot Superpole Race distance.

Rinaldi’s compatriot, Danilo Petrucci (Barni Spark Racing Team), took fourth as the lead independent rider as he lapped around 0.030s slower than the factory Ducati rider. Garrett Gerloff (Bonovo Action BMW) was the top BMW rider as his impressive form continued after he posted a 1’40.695s while reigning Champion Alvaro Bautista ( Racing – Ducati) completed the top six. The #1 was more than a second away from his title rival’s time after lapping Portimao in 1’40.759s.

Iker Lecuona (Team HRC) took seventh with a 1’40.874s ahead of Philipp Oettl (Team GoEleven) in eighth, while Scott Redding (ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) finished as the lead BMW factory rider. He was less than half-a-tenth clear of Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) in tenth and teammate Michael van der Mark in 11th with BMW once again showing promising signs.

Eric Granado (PETRONAS MIE Racing Honda Team) was 24th out of 25 but he was only able to set one flying lap after he crashed at Turn 1. The Brazilian was taken to the medical centre for a check-up and declared unfit with a left wrist contusion and facial abrasion. Lorenzo Baldassarri (GMT94 Yamaha) came down at Turn 13 but was still able to manage 19th, while Oliver Konig’s (Orelac Racing MOVISIO) was disrupted by a technical issue.

The top six from WorldSBK Warm Up, full results here:

1. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK) 1’39.726s

2. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) +0.647

3. Michael Ruben Rinaldi ( Racing – Ducati) +0.907s

4. Danilo Petrucci (Barni Spark Racing Team) +0.936s

5. Garrett Gerloff (Bonovo Action BMW) +0.969s

6. Alvaro Bautista ( Racing – Ducati) +1.033s

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