Razgatlıoğlu Crashes Out After Record-Breaking Pole, Locatelli P8 in Argentina Race 1

October 22 2022

Razgatlıoğlu Crashes Out After Record-Breaking Pole, Locatelli P8 in Argentina Race 1

Razgatlıoğlu Crashes Out After Record-Breaking Pole, Locatelli P8 in Argentina Race 1

Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK’s Toprak Razgatlıoğlu crashed from the lead of Race 1 at the tenth round of the 2022 FIM Superbike World Championship at Circuito San Juan Villicum in Argentina today.

Andrea Locatelli led the team home in P8, clawing back time in the second half of the race to improve following a difficult qualifying that saw him start from 11th place on the grid.

Razgatlıoğlu set another record-breaking pole position time of 1'36.216, completely obliterating the previous new record set by himself just a couple of hours earlier in Free Practice 3 (1'37.216).

Leading Race 1 from the front, the Turkish ace was under immediate pressure from championship-rival Alvaro Bautista. As Ducati rider rocketed from third to first position on the long back straight and entered Turn 8 in the lead, Razgatlıoğlu tried to respond immediately and made an uncharacteristic mistake attempting to retake the lead into Turn 9. He battled through to take a solitary point for P15 after recovering his extremely damaged R1 WorldSBK from the gravel trap.

Tomorrow Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK will return with a 15-minute Warm-Up session at 10:00 (UTC-3) before the 10-lap Superpole Race at 12:00 and 21-lap Race 2 from 15:00.

Toprak Razgatlıoğlu – Race 1: P15

“A big mistake for me... but after two years, I think this is normal that one time we have a mistake in a race. I'm very angry for this, because it's just the first lap but I try to pass directly Bautista because he has big advantage in the straight. The race was over very fast for me, but I try to come back again. One point is better than nothing, but normally I try for much more. Anyway, not a good day but tomorrow I try my best. After the crash I try to adapt my bike, because the handlebar was against the frame and there was a lot of damage, screen broken as well. Also not easy riding, you don't feel the bike in the corner. We know Bautista is very strong this weekend and also in Australia, but in Indonesia maybe not such a big advantage. Tomorrow I try again fighting for the win, I know not easy with the long straight but we will see. Now we are working for tomorrow, because we need to improve in some areas. Now I am thinking just for the Superpole Race, it will be hard with everyone pushing but I try my best.”

Andrea Locatelli – Race 1: P8

“The race was really difficult in the first part and also we were a little bit unlucky in qualifying, especially on the second run, so we lost the opportunity to start more in front. I lost position in the first part of the race as well, in the first two or three laps, so I was not able to fight for the top six. Maybe with some better luck I could have stayed with Alex [Lowes], but in any case I think we need to analyse where we can improve. We try to push every time and I am braking so hard to recover, because we continue to lose time, especially in Sector 2 on the straight. Unfortunately, we can do nothing now but we try to improve Sector 1 and Sector 3; Sector 4 has more corners so it's better for us. We need to try make a step to take something for tomorrow. Now we looking forward to Sunday's races here and I will continue to push.”

Paul Denning – Team Principal, Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK:

“Understandably, it's a really disappointing result in Race 1 after an exceptionally good Friday and a brilliant pole position for Toprak. Typically, he never gave up, fought through with a very badly damaged R1 to get one point for P15. His pace, considering the damage to the bike, means that at least we can be positive about trying to fight for the win tomorrow. The crash was an error and in Toprak's case an extremely rare error, but when you are fighting at the absolute limit to win, it can happen. He is not here for P2! Loka had a solid race, though not quite the pace we were expecting, but he improved as the race developed and we expect more from him and his R1 tomorrow.”

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