April 05 2022
Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK riders Toprak Razgatlıoğlu and Andrea Locatelli completed two days of testing at the FIM Superbike World Championship Supported Test at MotorLand Aragon today, ahead of the opening round of the 2022 season starting later this week.
Defending WorldSBK Champion Razgatlıoğlu ticked off 91 laps across six 45-minute Free Practice sessions with a fastest lap time of 1’49.068 placing him second overall, while teammate Locatelli finished sixth-fastest with a best time of 1’49.831, having also completed 91 laps.
Despite frigid cold temperatures across both days, the team and Yamaha Motor Research & Development Europe’s engineers took a calculated approach to manage the track time available and found positive results as they worked on set up and new test items to prepare for the weekend. Satisfied with the data collected, feedback from both Razgatlıoğlu and Locatelli will help fine-tune the R1 WorldSBK package for the considerably warmer conditions forecast in the Teruel region.
The 5.077 km MotorLand Aragon circuit has played host to some fantastic race battles in recent years for the WorldSBK class, and 2022 looks set to provide another thrilling start to the championship. But first, the Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK team will return to work on Thursday for the customary WorldSBK “class photos”, before Friday morning’s track action of Free Practice 1 and 2, starting at 10:30 local time (UTC+2) and 15:00 respectively.
Toprak Razgatlıoğlu: P2 (1’49.068) – 91 laps
“Today we tried a new set up and we improved my bike a little bit from yesterday. The weather was cold but I am very happy with these two test days, because we use different set ups to get more data and find the best package. Now, the feeling is we are ready to race and I’m very excited for the season start. But we will see Friday! I’m waiting to ride my R1 on Friday – we will see what will happen this weekend!
Andrea Locatelli: P6 (1’49.831) – 91 laps
“We concluded today in P6, but this is not important! The most important part is the job that we do and I’m happy in the second day for the rhythm when we tried the long run. This good for us, but for sure we need to understand the qualifying tyre to start more in front. But in general, it was a good two days of testing with no mistakes and we have a lot of data, with two days to analyse everything and prepare the bike for the weekend. The guys do a great job and the feeling with the bike is not bad, so now we will continue to work a little more to try to improve during the weekend. We will see but I think we are now ready to start.”