March 16 2021
It was a promising start to the 2021 FIM Superbike World Championship for the Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team at the Misano test, as Toprak Razgatlıoğlu topped three of the four sessions, ending the two days with the second-fastest time.
Heading into his second season with Pata Yamaha, Razgatlıoğlu was quickly back up to speed on the Yamaha R1. The Turkish rider was fastest after the opening day and continued that strong form into Tuesday, topping the morning session despite a late fall. The 24-year-old improved on the X-specification race tyre to go second overall on a 1’33.886, completing 140 laps across the two days.
2021 Pata Yamaha newcomer Andrea Locatelli continued to adapt to the Yamaha R1 and managed a mammoth 92 laps on the opening day. The Italian’s pace continued to improve throughout the second day, and he leaves Misano with the fifth fastest time on a 1’34.794 and 161 laps under his belt.
The team will be back in action at the Barcelona test (31 March – 1 April), as they continue to gear up for the 2021 WorldSBK season.
Toprak Razgatlıoğlu: P2 - 1’33.886 / 140 laps
"Today we tried many new parts. I had a small off in the morning at Turn 2, but we recovered and worked hard on the set-up. We are happy because we did a good lap with the X-tyre, but we don’t know what our ultimate pace is because we couldn’t get a good lap in on the Q-tyre. We will see how it goes at the next test. Thank you to the team, they’ve done a great job throughout the winter and during these two days."
Andrea Locatelli: P5 – 1’34.794 / 161 laps
"It was a really good test. We managed to do a race simulation today and the lap times were really promising and consistent. We still need to improve our one-lap pace, but it’s the first test and it was important not to make any mistakes and get as much mileage as possible. We will see how it goes in Barcelona, but I go home very happy."