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Yamaha Partners With Crescent Racing To Create WorldSBK R1 Replica In Honour of Toprak Razgatlıoğlu

Yamaha Europe has just partnered with Crescent Racing to reveal a Special Edition WorldSBK R1 replica – and the extremely exclusive batch of 21 units are all set for the lucky garage of whoever gets there first.

The report from VisorDown states that the bikes are all signed by (and created in commemoration of) Toprak Razgatlıoğlu, winner of the 2021 WorldSBK Championship for Yamaha. 

A view of the Toprak Razgatlıoğlu WorldSBK R1 SuperSport replica available to the European masses

If you’re thinking of getting your hands on one of these beauties, expect to place down a deposit of £500.00 – a reasonable sum, made the better by the following list of perks you’ll be getting with the bike itself:

  1. A badge proving the ‘technician-signed build identification’ of your unit
  2. A framed ‘limited edition certificate’, autographed by Razgatlıoğlu himself as well as the Team Principal Paul Denning – including the edition number alongside the usual VIN number and buyer details.
  3. Two VIP hospitality passes to your choice of  2022 WorldSBK events, where you will be “a VIP guest of the team with pit-box visit and the opportunity to spend time with Razgatlıoğlu,” according to the report.
  4. A superbike set up to your personal specifications, with an entire day devoted to one-on-one training with either Crescent Yamaha’s James Hillier OR Niall Mackenzie (“UK circuit only; overseas set up and training by arrangement”)
  5. An autographed article of riding equipment that Razgatlıoğlu used when he won the 2021 WorldSBK Championship.

A view of the Toprak Razgatlıoğlu WorldSBK R1 SuperSport replica available to the European masses

Be sure to visit the official website of Crescent Racing to toy with that measly £500.00…if we’re talking bang-for-buck, it’s worth it. 

Drop a comment below and let us know what you think, and be sure to also check out other recent news topics from today’s lineup.

A view of the Toprak Razgatlıoğlu WorldSBK R1 SuperSport replica available to the European masses

*All media courtesy of VisorDown*

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Yamaha and Ducati win the final two battles but Kawasaki won the war

2020 WorldSBK – Round Eight- Estoril

WSBK Superpole Race

Pole man Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha) pulled the pin form the off and rode a solitary race ahead of Garrett Gerloff while Leon Haslam (Honda) and Chaz Davies (Ducati) were also both in the mix early on.

Newly crowned 2020 World Champion Jonathan Rea (KRT) made an outstanding comeback, gaining no less than ten positions to move in behind Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha), and Scott Redding (Ducati), from the last spot on the grid to eighth place.

#EstorilWorldSBK at Circuito Estoril Tissot Superpole Race
1.) Toprak Razgatlioglu (PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team)
2.) Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team) +1.928s
3.) Michael van der Mark (PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team) +2.940s

In the final laps, an intense battle raged between Davies and van der Mark for a podium finish, but it was the Dutchman who came out on top over the Ducati rider to finish third behind Gerloff and Razgatlioglu, who secured his second consecutive race win in the WorldSBK class in what was a Yamaha 1-2-3.

Yamaha 1-2-3 in the Superpole race

Superpole Race Results

Pos Rider Bike Gap
1 T. Razgatlioglu Yamaha /
2 G. Gerloff Yamaha +1.928
3 M. Van Der Mark Yamaha +2.940
4 C. Davies Ducati +4.074
5 J.  Rea Kawasaki +4.745
6 S. Redding Ducati +5.915
7 A. Bautista Honda +7.969
8 L.  Haslam Honda +11.835
9 M. Rinaldi Ducati +12.293
10 X. Fores Kawasaki +12.342
11 T.  Sykes BMW +12.643
12 F. Caricasulo Yamaha +12.714
13 J.  Folger Yamaha +14.984
14 L.  Mercado Ducati +22.177
15 M. Ferrari Ducati +22.349
16 E. Laverty BMW +22.581
17 T. Takahashi Honda +27.889
18 E. Granado Honda +29.975
19 S. Morais Kawasaki +30.067
20 L.  Cresson Kawasaki +50.259
Not Classified
RET L.  Baz Yamaha 8 Laps
RET A. Lowes Kawasaki /

WorldSBK Race Two

The season-ending Race 2 at the Pirelli Estoril Round was full of drama at the Circuito Estoril as Chaz Davies (claimed victory in his final race for the ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati outfit, taking a commanding win in the Motul FIM Superbike World Championship season finale.

Tom Sykes, Loris Baz, Scott Redding

Davies had started the race from fourth place and was instantly in the fight for victory, moving into second place before passing Toprak Razgatlioglu on Lap 2 before pulling away from the Turkish star, who had won two of the three races at Estoril prior to Race 2.

Alex Lowes chasing the field

The battle for second came to a premature end when Jonathan Rea made contact with Razgatlioglu’s Yamaha machine at Turn 3 as he tried to pass the Turkish rider for second place. Rea was able to re-join the race and finished down in 14th place while Razgatlioglu was able to finish in third, after Scott Redding managed to overhaul Razgatlioglu for second place; Redding ending the season with a Ducati 1-2 as ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati claimed the Teams’ Championship ahead of KRT. The 1-2 finish for Davies and Redding meant Ducati secured its 950th podium placement in WorldSBK.

Michael van der Mark ended his Yamaha career with a fourth-place finish, having lost out at the start of the race. He finished clear of Alvaro Bautista in fifth place as Honda secured another top-five finish, five seconds clear of Michael Ruben Rinaldi.

Leon Haslam

Rinaldi finished in sixth place after heading a four-way fight with Leon Haslam, Xavi Fores and Federico Caricasulo in seventh, eighth and ninth respectively; Fores’ eighth place meaning he was the highest-placed Kawasaki rider and therefore scored enough points for Kawasaki to beat Ducati to the Manufacturers’ Championship by just one point.

Tom Sykes completed the top ten as he finished around 2.5 seconds away from Caricasulo, and finished 1.5 seconds clear of Jonas Folger who scored points despite following Loris Baz (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) off the track when Baz suffered a technical issue.

Tom Sykes and Eugene Laverty

Irish rider Eugene Laverty finished in 12th place with Leandro Mercado in 13th, Rea in 14th and Matteo Ferrari (Barni Racing Team) in 15th in his second appearance of the season. Eric Granado (MIE Racing HONDA Team) missed out on points by less than a second with teammate Takumi Takahashi just behind Brazilian Granado.

Garrett Gerloff crashed out of the race on Lap 3 at Turn 4 when he was running in the podium places; the American having a lowside crash at Turn 4 on the third lap as he looked for this third consecutive podium. Alex Lowes crashed with just a few laps to go.

#EstorilWorldSBK at Circuito Estoril – Race 2.
1.) Chaz Davies (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati)
2.) Scott Redding (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) +1.951s
3.) Toprak Razgatlioglu (PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team) +2.556s

WorldSBK Race Two Results

Pos Rider Bike Gap
1 C. Davies Ducati Panigale V4 R /
2 S. Redding Ducati Panigale V4 R +1.951
3 T. Razgatlioglu Yamaha YZF R1 +2.556
4 M. Van Der Mark Yamaha YZF R1 +10.423
5 A. Bautista Honda CBR1000RR-R +15.473
6 M. Rinaldi Ducati Panigale V4 R +20.277
7 L.  Haslam Honda CBR1000RR-R +21.074
8 X. Fores Kawasaki ZX-10RR +21.291
9 F. Caricasulo Yamaha YZF R1 +22.427
10 T. Sykes BMW S1000 RR +25.168
11 J.  Folger Yamaha YZF R1 +26.945
12 E. Laverty BMW S1000 RR +28.511
13 L.  Mercado Ducati Panigale V4 R +32.281
14 J.  Rea Kawasaki ZX-10RR +38.800
15 M. Ferrari Ducati Panigale V4 R +46.083
16 E. Granado Honda CBR1000RR-R +47.000
17 T. Takahashi Honda CBR1000RR-R +47.295
18 S. Morais Kawasaki ZX-10RR +1m01.053
19 L.  Cresson Kawasaki ZX-10RR +1m31.338
Not Classified
RET A. Lowes Kawasaki ZX-10RR 6 Laps
RET L.  Baz Yamaha YZF R1 7 Laps
RET G. Gerloff Yamaha YZF R1 19 Laps

WorldSBK Quotes

Chaz Davies – P1

It was a day full of emotions, first on the grid then at the Parc Ferme. My boys made me excited and I thank them for all the passion and commitment with which they have worked over the years. A big thank you to the whole Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team for what they have done for me and for what we have spent together. I think this is the best way to say goodbye to the team, a result that the whole team deserves and I am happy to have given them this satisfaction. It was a very nice race, I went on track with great determination and the feeling with the bike was absolutely extraordinary. And I’m happy to have celebrated with the whole team. Emotions that I will never forget“.

Chaz Davies and Scott Redding
Scott Redding – P2

I am extremely happy with this result. It was not an easy race for me. In the first laps, I had some problems and I couldn’t be fast. However, I remained concentrated and from the middle of the race, the feeling grew and allowed me to push hard to get Toprak. I think it’s a great season finale for us and I’m happy to have shared the podium with Chaz. We did a great job this season and I want to thank Ducati for putting me in a position to fight for the title. I can say that the second place in the first year in Superbike is an acceptable result but we will have to do better next season. Thanks to the whole Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team for the great support and the extraordinary work of these months. Grazie Ragazzi!

Stefano Cecconi – Team Principal Aruba.it Racing – Ducati

There could be no better way to close the season. We greet Chaz and thank him for the results, professionalism and commitment he has put in over the years. Today he made us excited once again, first on track and then at the Parc Fermé with his team. Thanks to the whole team, to the guys who gave their best in a very complicated season, making sacrifices and always working commendably. We didn’t manage to win the riders’ title, we missed the Manufacturer’s World Championship for one point and won the team classification. We should be proud of what we have managed to do this season. The 2021 season, however, begins tomorrow. We will only have one objective, that of improving ourselves further to achieve the results that we work so hard for every day”.

Aruba.it Racing – Ducati
Toprak Razgatlıoğlu – P3

Today, the Superpole Race was again very good for me, it was a perfect way to win and the feeling was perfect, we were so fast. We worked hard for Race 2, as it was important to remain focused for the long race. I tried to win again, but it was not possible because my Yamaha R1 was sliding too much, which was very strange compared to the feeling I had in the previous races. But we’re happy to be on the podium again, it was a good weekend for me as I really need these podiums to help me push for more in the future. Thank you very much to my Yamaha team, they are amazing and worked so hard this weekend. It is was also Michael’s last race with us and I have enjoyed being his teammate this year – but, no problem, because he stays in the WorldSBK paddock and we will still be friends and also fight on the track!”

Michael van der Mark – P4

It was a really good morning, in the Superpole Race I had a great battle with Chaz and finished third. Really happy with that, the bike felt amazing and I was ready for Race 2, but from the first lap I started to struggle with rear grip and I just couldn’t keep up with the guys in front of me, which was frustrating. Halfway through the race it started to feel better but then I started to struggle with the front. I wanted more in this last race, but in the end to finish fourth isn’t that bad and I think in general we had a good end to the season. You know, we always want more but it has been four fantastic years with this team and with Yamaha and I am really proud of all we have achieved. I want to thank everyone I have worked with over this time for all their efforts, because the progress we have made together has created some impressive results. I am thankful to everyone and will miss them.

Paul Denning – Pata Yamah Team Principal

A great end to the season here in Estoril with Toprak again showing his real credentials with a lights-to-flag victory in the historic Superpole Race – the first ever podium lock-out by Yamaha in WorldSBK as Garrett Gerloff and Mikey backed up Toprak’s superb win. It was a beautiful day today which was great, apart from the fact that the modified timing of Race 2 to 15:15 and the sunshine saw the track temperature rise well above 30 degrees, which didn’t work quite as well for us as we’d hoped. In addition, the pace of the race was a big step over yesterday’s opener. It would have been nice to win all the races, but Toprak absolutely maximised all he had by finishing a very close third and Mikey rode a controlled race to round off his Yamaha career with a fine fourth. We will make a “shakedown” test tomorrow with Andrea Locatelli, his first laps on the Yamaha R1 superbike, which we are all looking forward to. Everyone connected with this team wishes Michael all the very best for his future, having been such a great asset to the project over the last four years.”

Alvaro Bautista – P5

The season has been challenging for us, considering we were a new team having to develop a new bike during what has been a shortened championship. We’ve had some good results but there have been teething problems, as you expect with a new project. As for today’s performance, after yesterday’s crash, I wanted to complete the final races of the season without any setbacks. Track conditions were a little trickier today, offering me less rear grip, but I focused on interpreting the track and riding at the limit, without exceeding it of course. In the end, top five is not our target as we want to win, but we have to take the positives when considering the season as a whole. When all is said and done, we have collated a lot of data this year and are very motivated to work hard this winter in order to be more competitive next season.”

Alvaro Bautista
Alvaro Bautista – P7

Today’s racing was a little more difficult than yesterday. The first half of race 2 was not too bad but some vibration with the bike in the later stages made it hard for me to maintain my pace and hold on to seventh place. In the end, Alvaro and I round out the year with the same points, we’ve learned a lot throughout the season, and I feel we have a clear understanding in terms of the direction we’ll take with winter testing. So it’s been a challenging year, with everything that has happened, but we’re feeling very positive as we move forward. I personally cannot wait to start the winter tests.”

Tom Sykes – P10

It was a pretty frustrating final weekend. Clearly we have some limitations with the package and saw already at the Barcelona test and here again that we come to a new circuit, arrive at a lap time and try a lot with big changes, we’ve had three different set-ups here this weekend, and we still arrive at that lap time and still have the same issues. The team have work to do and I am definitely looking forward to getting some new components. Now it’s time for closure on this year and hopefully the whole BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team can make some good steps forward as soon as possible in the winter break.”

Tom Sykes
Eugene Laverty – P12

This weekend as a whole has been very difficult here at Estoril. From the first practice, it was clear that with so many slow corners it was not suited to our bike, but we never gave up and worked hard. The good thing was that we did make progress in today’s race as our pace was stronger than yesterday’s so we can be satisfied we moved forward. Throughout our season, we made progress, especially in the latter part of the year. Most notable was Magny-Cours with our pole position, but unfortunately the season has been short with only eight rounds as I would have liked to be longer on the bike. The season for us is now over and it’s time for me to start thinking about 2021.”

Marc Bongers – BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director

Our results at the Estoril finale were not satisfactory. However, I am glad that we once had a weekend without technical issues and without any crashes. In terms of performance, we are not where we want to be. We are not far off the top five or top six, but we have to work on claiming these results consistently. I would like express my heartfelt thanks to Eugene. It was also a difficult season for him but we have still been able to benefit from his work and made progress with him for example in the electronics area. Now we have to focus on next season. That will start in just a few hours with preparations for tomorrow’s testing. We hope to find those few tenths of a second there that will help us to improve.”

Tom Sykes and Eugene Laverty
Shaun Muir – Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team

First of all, thanks to Eugene. It’s been a tough year for him and with the season cut short, it made his job even more difficult. We thank him for all his efforts and contributions to the team and wish him good luck for next year wherever he goes. On Tom’s side, this weekend has been a struggle. The grip levels have been difficult for us and it has taken us too long to overcome that and find an optimum setting that works. Finishing 20 seconds off the winner certainly isn’t where we want to be but we got a lot of data to move forward. Our new season starts now and we’ve got to put 2020 behind us for many reasons, Covid, difficult conditions at all rounds, we haven’t scored a podium once this year but, however, we remain confident that we can set the wheels turning very soon with the BMW M 1000 RR and overall, we will push hard to be further up the grid. I think it’s fair to say that it was a challenge for most teams. Congratulations to Kawasaki and Jonathan Rea and let’s hope that next year we can be close to those guys and be on the podium more regularly.

Jonathan Rea – P14

I had a great pace in the beginning of the second race. I gambled with a soft front tyre that some others used yesterday and I thought, with nothing to lose, let’s try it. I felt at that point in the race I had a better pace than Toprak, so I decided to try to pass but every time I tried he came around the outside or passed me in T1, where I was not so good. When the gap opened in T3 I put my bike there but there wasn’t much space. He closed the door and I tucked the front. When I got up my bars were pretty bent and the brake lever was bent down but I just wanted to finish the last race of the season. I knew I was not going to score big points but I just crossed my fingers that one of the Kawasaki guys was going to score enough points to retain the Manufacturers’ Championship and with Xavi Fores we did that. Massive thanks – and congratulations – to him. It proves that we still have a very good package with the Ninja ZX-10RR. I think it is a world-leading bike that inspires a lot of confidence. It has been a true big team effort this season. I know all the engineering staff of the factory will be super-proud.”

Final 2020 WorldSBK Championship Standings
1. Jonathan Rea (GBR) Kawasaki (360 points)
2. Scott Redding (GBR) Ducati (305 points)
3. Chaz Davies (GBR) Ducati (273 points)
Alex Lowes – DNF

A disappointing day obviously, to have two crashes. In the final race of the day I felt really good for the first ten laps in sixth place, and then fifth when unfortunately Johnny fell. I had a good battle with Michael van der Mark. We tried the softer front tyre like Jonathan did but it was completely gone on the right hand side. I slowed the pace to try and manage the tyre and still ended up making a mistake, so this was really upsetting for me. But in general it has been a great year for Jonathan and Kawasaki so well done to them for winning the Riders’ Championship and the Manufacturers’ title. Unfortunately I couldn’t contribute like I wanted but it doesn’t really feel like the end of the season for me because I have a lot of work to do, and we have a test tomorrow. We need to work hard to improve and I am already looking forward to 2021. A massive thank you to all the guys in KRT. It has been a pleasure to join them this year.”

Kenji Nagahara – Managing Director, Kawasaki Motors Europe

On behalf of Kawasaki Motors Europe, Kawasaki Heavy Industries and every Kawasaki Branch and Private Distributor across Europe I would like to congratulate the teams for winning the Manufacturer’s title. Jonathan is an ideal ambassador for the Kawasaki brand, giving 100% every time he rides his Ninja ZX-10RR on track or when practicing at home in Northern Ireland on his KX450 motocross machine. For someone who lives his life on two wheels, Jonathan has achieved things that many people would think unachievable and that is very closely aligned with the Kawasaki philosophy of making what seems impossible, possible. Kawasaki and Jonathan have dreamed, believed and achieved and the unique achievement of six consecutive WorldSBK titles secures Jonathan a place not just in World Superbike history but as landmark moments in the global Kawasaki story. Congratulations to Jonathan, KRT, and all Kawasaki riders and team staff in the WorldSBK paddock, you have all delivered a truly memorable season in particularly challenging times.”

Kawasaki won the Manufacturers’ Championship to add to the Riders’ Championship win scored by Jonathan Rea on his KRT Ninja ZX-10RR

WorldSBK Championship Standings

Pos Rider Points
 1  Jonathan Rea  360
 2  Scott Redding  305
 3  Chaz Davies  273
 4  Toprak Razgatlioglu  228
 5  Michael Van Der Mark  223
 6  Alex Lowes  189
 7  Michael Ruben Rinaldi  186
 8  Loris Baz  142
 9  Alvaro Bautista  113
 10  Leon Haslam  113
 11  Garrett Gerloff  103
 12  Tom Sykes  88
 13  Xavi Fores  61
 14  Federico Caricasulo  58
 15  Eugene Laverty  55
 16  Leandro Mercado  24
 17  Marco Melandri  23
 18  Jonas Folger  19
 19  Sandro Cortese  14
 20  Sylvain Barrier  12
 21  Maximilian Scheib  11
 22  Takumi Takahashi  6
 23  Matteo Ferrari  5
 24  Christophe Ponsson  4
 25  Roman Ramos  4
 26  Lorenzo Zanetti  3
 27  Valentin Debise  2
 28  Eric Granado  1
 29  Xavier Pinsach  1


There were 18 laps of drama, action and battles as the FIM Supersport World Championship came to a thrilling conclusion at the Circuito Estoril for the Pirelli Estoril Round. The race was eventually won by Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) despite pressure from, at various points, up to seven other riders throughout the race as the season ended in sensational style.

Andrea Locatelli (BARDHAL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team) had started the race from pole position but soon found himself down in fourth place having been jumped on the opening lap by Mahias, teammate Philipp Oettl and Raffaele De Rosa (MV Agusta Reparto Corse); a sense of what was to come throughout the race right from the start.


Mahias had claimed the lead on the opening lap and looked as if he was going to pull out a gap but the chasing group were able to reel him in after five laps; with the Frenchman losing the lead to teammate Oettl at Turn 1. Mahias was able to fight back a lap later to regain the lead on Lap 6, but Italian De Rosa claimed the lead on Lap 7.

The lead changed once again on Lap 8 as Oettl passed De Rosa at the right-hander of Turn 2, but that would only last another lap as De Rosa reclaimed the lead ahead of Mahias and Oettl, with Locatelli lurking just behind – although the Italian faced pressure from South African Steven Odendaal (EAB Ten Kate Racing). Mahias took the lead with an aggressive move on Lap 9 at Turn 9 on De Rosa, with the battle continuing throughout the race.

De Rosa took the lead of the race at Turn 1 on Lap 14 but was unable to hold it for the rest of the race; Mahias taking the lead on the final lap from teammate Oettl after Oettl had taken the lead on Lap 17. It meant Mahias would take his second victory of the year ahead of Locatelli in second; the 2020 Champion moving ahead of De Rosa by just 0.002s on the line.

Odendaal finished the race ahead of Oettl after the German fell down to fifth in the latter stages of the race, with Isaac Viñales (Kallio Racing) finishing sixth as he almost pipped Oettl to a top five finish. Oettl’s fifth place was enough to overhaul Jules Cluzel (GMT94 Yamaha) in the Championship for third place with Cluzel finishing in ninth; Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) in seventh and Estonian Hannes Soomer (Kallio Racing) in eighth.

British rider Danny Webb (WRP Wepol Racing) secured a top ten finish in the James Toseland-run team with teammate and wildcard Karel Hanika in 11th as the team finished the season with two points finishes. Axel Bassani (Soradis Yamaha Motoxracing) finished in 12th place but was not enough to claim the WorldSSP Challenge title as Kevin Manfredi (Altogoo Racing Team) claimed that title despite a 18th place finish.

Corentin Perolari (GMT94 Yamaha) was 13th with Turkish star Can Öncü (Turkish Racing Team) in 14th place and Andy Verdoïa (bLU cRU WorldSSP by MS Racing) completing the points-paying positions with 15th place.

Hikari Okubo (Dynavolt Honda) was an early retirement from the race as he pulled off the track on the opening lap; the Japanese’s rollercoaster season ending in disappointment as he was forced to retire from the race on the opening lap of the race. Galang Hendra Pratama (bLU cRU WorldSSP by MS Racing) and Peter Sebestyen (OXXO Yamaha Team Toth) were also retirements from the race, Indonesian rider Hendra Pratama crashing out of the race.

P1 Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing)

It’s a big emotion for me. It’s my last race in Supersport, I love this category and winning my last race is very good for me. It’s a similar feeling when I won the World Championship. In these conditions, because Magny-Cours was different conditions with the rain and you have the big difference of the rider, but now it’s normal conditions and the long straight. My bike is not very fast in a straight line and I needed a lot of fight. I think it’s the best race of the year! Now I’m ready for the next challenge.”

P2 Andrea Locatelli (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team)

I lost a little bit today as we had a small problem with the electronics on the bike. It’s normal. It’s the first time but I am very happy for the season. Every time we are very confident and very fast. We close with a podium and this is important and for my guys, it’s so good. Now we look forward for the new season.”

P3 Raffaele De Rosa (MV Agusta Reparto Corse)

For sure, it’s a nice race. After yesterday, after the crash, my first feeling was very down. Today was not easy to get up. I tried to do my best. This morning, after warm up, the team changed everything on the bike. For the race, I had a completely new bike. I want to say a big thank you to the team. Today, the bike was unbelievable.”

#EstorilWorldSBK at Circuito Estoril – Race 2
1.) Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing)
2.) Andrea Locatelli (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team) +0.886s
3.) Raffaele de Rosa (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) +0.888s

WorldSSP Race Two

Pos Rider Bike Gap
1 L.  Mahias Kawasaki ZX-6R /
2 A. Locatelli Yamaha YZF R6 +0.886
3 R. De Rosa MV Agusta F3 675 +0.888
4 S. Odendaal Yamaha YZF R6 +1.018
5 P. Oettl Kawasaki ZX-6R +1.465
6 I.  Vinales Yamaha YZF R6 +1.670
7 M. Gonzalez Kawasaki ZX-6R +3.566
8 H. Soomer Yamaha YZF R6 +3.576
9 J.  Cluzel Yamaha YZF R6 +4.518
10 D. Webb Yamaha YZF R6 +11.695
11 K. Hanika Yamaha YZF R6 +12.553
12 A. Bassani Yamaha YZF R6 +12.849
13 C. Perolari Yamaha YZF R6 +15.531
14 C. Oncu Kawasaki ZX-6R +15.592
15 A. Verdoia Yamaha YZF R6 +27.569
16 A. Ruiz Carranza Yamaha YZF R6 +27.593
17 F. Fuligni MV Agusta F3 675 +30.338
18 K. Manfredi Yamaha YZF R6 +30.756
19 G. Van Straalen Yamaha YZF R6 +38.461
20 P. Hobelsberger Honda CBR600RR +47.804
21 V. Falcone Yamaha YZF R6 +1m16.817
22 V. Da Silva Barros Yamaha YZF R6 +1 Lap
Not Classified
RET P. Sebestyen Yamaha YZF R6 11 Laps
RET G. Hendra Pratama Yamaha YZF R6 12 Laps
RET H. Okubo Honda CBR600RR /
2020 FIM Supersport World Championship
1. Andrea Locatelli (ITA) Yamaha (333 points)
2. Lucas Mahias (FRA) Kawasaki (229 points)
3. Philipp Oettl (GER) Kawasaki (162 points)

WorldSSP Championship Standings

Pos Rider Points
 1  Andrea Locatelli  333
 2  Lucas Mahias  229
 3  Philipp Oettl  162
 4  Jules Cluzel  160
 5  Steven Odendaal  136
 6  Raffaele De Rosa  135
 7  Manuel Gonzalez  126
 8  Isaac Vinales  116
 9  Hannes Soomer  115
 10  Corentin Perolari  110
 11  Danny Webb  80
 12  Can Alexander Oncu  65
 13  Peter Sebestyen  49
 14  Kevin Manfredi  39
 15  Kyle Smith  36
 16  Andy Verdoia  35
 17  Axel Bassani  33
 18  Federico Fuligni  32
 19  Alejandro Ruiz Carranza  25
 20  Karel Hanika  16
 21  Miquel Pons  16
 22  Hikari Okubo  12
 23  Loris Cresson  12
 24  Galang Hendra Pratama  12
 25  Patrick Hobelsberger  6
 26  Glenn Van Straalen  4
 27  Maria Herrera  2
 28  Jaimie Van Sikkelerus  2
 29  Luigi Montella  1

WorldSSP300 Race Two

The battle to win the final FIM Supersport 300 World Championship race went down to the line at the Pirelli Estoril Round as Koen Meuffels (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT) claimed his first victory of 2020 after timing the race-winning move to perfection; running second on the run out of the final corner at the Circuito Estoril but using the slipstream to snatch victory from Samuel di Sora (Leader Team Flembbo).


Meuffels and di Sora were able to break away from the chasing group to make it a two-way battle for the top spot on the rostrum. Di Sora led on the final lap and out of the final corner but was outdragged to the line by Meuffels; the Dutchman’s victory meaning all four MTM Kawasaki riders have claimed victory in 2020. Mika Perez (Prodina Ircos Team WorldSSP300) claimed third place as he rounded out the season with another podium, his third podium of the year and his second at Estoril.

Tom Booth-Amos (RT Motorsports by SKM – Kawasaki) had been in the battle for the lead until Lap 7 when he crashed at the final corner and retiring from the race; allowing Meuffels, di Sora and Perez to claim the podium positions. Bahattin Sofuoglu (Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha WorldSSP300) claimed third in the Championship with a fourth-place finish in Race 2, beating Meikon Kawakami (Team Brasil AD 78) by just 0.005s.

Yuta Okaya (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT) finished the race in sixth place as he held off the challenge of polesitter Nick Kalinin (Battley-RT Motorsports by SKM-Kawasaki); the Ukrainian finishing in seventh place ahead of Kevin Sabatucci (Kawasaki GP Project). Kalinin was just three tenths away from a podium spot as the season ended in style.

Newly-crowned World Champion Jeffrey Buis (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT) battled his way up from 18th place to finishing in ninth, once again showing his strong pace in race situations as he finished almost four tenths clear of Adrian Huertas (ProGP Racing) who rounded out the top ten; holding off the challenge from Mirko Gennai (Team BrCorse) by 0.050s.

2017 WorldSSP300 Champion Marc Garcia (2R Racing) finished in 12th place as his return ended to the Championship ended with a points finish, ahead of Spanish compatriot Unai Orradre (Yamaha MS Racing). Three Yamaha MS Racing riders rounded out the points-paying positions with Ton Kawakami and Alan Kroh battling it out for 14th and 15th just behind Orradire.

Tom Bercot (ProGP Racing) and Jose Luis Perez Gonzalez (Machado Came SBK) clashed on Lap 1 at Turn 6 which forced both riders to retire from the race, while Alfonso Coppola (Kawasaki GP Project) retired after an incident with 2020 World Champion Buis. Filippo Rovelli (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) had a crash with Alejandro Carrion (ACCR SMRZ Racing by Blue Garage) at Turn 1 on Lap 3; Rovelli retiring from the race but Carrion was able to carry on. Victor Rodriguez Nuñez (EAB Ten Kate Racing) also retired from the race, along with Booth-Amos. Bruno Ieraci (Kawasaki GP Project) was a late retirement from the race as he crashed out on the final lap of the 10-lap race.

Australian duo Tom Bramich and Tom Edwards finished 19th and 23rd respectively.

P1 Koen Meuffels (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT)

“This is perfect. It’s so nice to end the year like this, especially yesterday after the second place. I wanted, so badly, to win. I planned the race in my head, I thought about it all night and everything just went perfectly.

P2 Samuel di Sora (Leader Team Flembbo)

“It was a very tough rough. The straight here is very long so it’s difficult to make the difference in this part of the circuit. It was a hard battle with Koen and I’m very happy to finish the season like that. We showed everybody our potential and it’s good for next season.”

P3 Mika Perez (Prodina Ircos Team WorldSSP300)

“Today, it was a very hard race. There were a lot of people in the group and all the riders improved their lap times from yesterday, so it was a close race. Finally, I could do a good strategy with the slipstream and I’m so happy to finish the Championship on the podium. It was a really hard season but the team did an incredible job and we were able to finish fifth.”

#EstorilWorldSBK WorldSSP300 at Circuito Estoril – Race 2
1.) Koen Meuffels (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT)
2.) Samuel di Sora (Leader Team Flembbo) +0.219s
3.) Mika Perez (Prodina Ircos Team WorldSSP300) +1.749s

WorldSSP300 Race Two Results

Pos Rider Bike Class Gap
1 K. Meuffels Kawasaki A /
2 S. Di Sora Kawasaki A +0.219
3 M. Perez Kawasaki A +1.749
4 B. Sofuoglu Yamaha B +1.816
5 M. Kawakami Yamaha B +1.821
6 Y. Okaya Kawasaki B +2.043
7 N. Kalinin Kawasaki A +2.070
8 K. Sabatucci Kawasaki B +2.192
9 J.  Buis Kawasaki A +2.301
10 A. Huertas Yamaha B +2.688
11 M. Gennai Yamaha A +2.738
12 M. Garcia Kawasaki A +3.469
13 U. Orradre Yamaha A +4.181
14 T. Kawakami Yamaha B +4.187
15 A. Kroh Yamaha A +6.028
16 S. Deroue Kawasaki B +6.118
17 P. Svoboda Yamaha B +12.022
18 A. Diaz Yamaha A +12.109
19 T. Bramich Kawasaki A +12.355
20 J.  Gimbert Kawasaki A +12.416
21 O. Nunez Roldan Kawasaki B +12.474
22 T. Brianti Kawasaki B +16.149
23 T. Edwards Kawasaki B +18.596
24 M. Gaggi Yamaha A +29.101
25 S. Markarian Yamaha B +29.271
26 A. Zanca Kawasaki B +29.329
27 A. Carrion Kawasaki A +1m11.156
28 D. Blin Yamaha A +1m20.865
Not Classified
RET B. Ieraci Kawasaki A 1 Lap
RET T. Booth-Amos Kawasaki B 4 Laps
RET V. Rodriguez Nunez Yamaha A 7 Laps
RET F. Rovelli Kawasaki A 7 Laps
RET A. Coppola Kawasaki B 9 Laps
RET T. Bercot Yamaha B /
RET J.  Perez Gonzalez Yamaha B /

WorldSSP300 Championship Standings

Pos Rider Points
 1  Jeffrey Buis  220
 2  Scott Deroue  183
 3  Bahattin Sofuoglu  142
 4  Koen Meuffels  116
 5  Mika Perez  112
 6  Tom Booth-Amos  110
 7  Unai Orradre  101
 8  Ana Carrasco  97
 9  Yuta Okaya  89
 10  Samuel Di Sora  88
 11  Thomas Brianti  80
 12  Meikon Kawakami  76
 13  Bruno Ieraci  66
 14  Hugo De Cancellis  65
 15  Kevin Sabatucci  50
 16  Marc Garcia  48
 17  Ton Kawakami  47
 18  Adrian Huertas  41
 19  Nick Kalinin  38
 20  Victor Rodriguez Nunez  20
 21  Filippo Rovelli  20
 22  Tom Edwards  17
 23  Alvaro Diaz  17
 24  Inigo Iglesias Bravo  15
 25  Alan Kroh  14
 26  Glenn Van Straalen  13
 27  Enzo De La Vega  12
 28  Alfonso Coppola  12
 29  Felipe Macan  10
 30  Johan Gimbert  7
 31  Mirko Gennai  6
 32  Oliver Konig  5
 33  Daniel Mogeda  4
 34  Filip Salac  4
 35  Alejandro Carrion  4
 36  Kim Aloisi  3
 37  Tom Bramich  2
 38  Angel Heredia  2
 39  Jose Luis Perez Gonzalez  1
 40  Daniel Blin  1
 41  Paolo Grassia  1
 42  Tom Bercot  1

Source: MCNews.com.au

Toprak wins Estoril R1 as Rea crowned 2020 WorldSBK Champion

2020 WorldSBK Round Eight- Estoril

WorldSBK Race One

The records and the Championships keep coming for Jonathan Rea (KRT) as he secured his sixth consecutive Motul FIM Superbike World Championship, although the wait will go on for his 100th win as Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha) took a stunning victory for the Pirelli Estoril Round at the Circuito Estoril, while challenge Scott Redding (Aruba Ducati) retired from the race with a technical issue.

WorldSBK Race One

Razgatlioglu made a good start from pole position and held first place as he converted his first career pole into his second win of the year; following on from his victory at the season-opening Australian Round. He was joined on the podium with Chaz Davies (Aruba Ducati) and American Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha) as they fought off Rea to secure a podium place.

Rea tussling with Van der Markl

Rea started from the middle of the grid following a crash in the Tissot Superpole session but soon found himself inside the top ten as he gained an impressive eight laps on the opening lap, and quickly improved his position on the follow lap as he passed teammate Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha) at Turn 1 to move into the podium places.

Rea, Davies, Gerloff

He moved into second place as he made a move on Gerloff into Turn 1 but the American rookie was able to respond a few laps later, after Davies was able to make a move on Rea to move into second place. Rea and Gerloff engaged in a sensational battle for third during the remainder of the 21-lap race; allowing Razgatlioglu and Davies to pull away at the front as they finished first and second. Gerloff moved ahead at Turn 1 on Lap 14 and started pulling away from Rea as he secured his second career podium.

Rea, Rinaldi, Haslam

Rea finished the race in fourth place as he lost ground to the riders in front of him but had a large margin over fifth-placed Leon Haslam (Team HRC), who battled hard with Alex Lowes (KRT) and Alvaro Bautista (Team HRC); the Spanish rider had been fifth until Lap 20 before he crashed out of the race. Lowes finished in sixth place after being unable to catch Haslam on the last lap.

Davies, Rea

2021 Ducati rider Michael Ruben Rinaldi (GoEleven Ducati) finished in seventh place, just behind the Lowes-Haslam-Bautista battle but unable to take advantage of the trio battling each other, finishing ahead of Xavi Fores (Kawasaki Puccetti) in eighth and Frenchman Loris Baz (Ten Kate Yamaha) in ninth.

Rea, Rinaldi, Haslam

Tom Sykes (BMW) completed the top ten with the British rider finishing just behind Baz, but 2.5 seconds clear of Jonas Folger (Bonovo Action MGM) in 11th as the wildcard secured points in his second race of the season, finishing 10 seconds clear of Eugene Laverty (BMW).

Redding, Bautista, Sykes

Argentinean rider Leandro Mercado (Motocorsa Racing) finished in the points as he secured a 13th place finish ahead of Takumi Takahashi (MIE Honda) and teammate Eric Granado; the Brazilian finishing in the points in his first WorldSBK appearance of the season. Sheridan Morais (Orelac Racing VerdNatura) finished just outside the points with 16th, with Bautista being classified in 17th place ahead of Loris Cresson (OutDo Kawasaki TPR).

Razgatlioglu, Gerloff

Federico Caricasulo (GRT Yamaha) did not finish the race after he crashed out in the second half of the race, with van der Mark not finishing the race after he came off his bike while battling for the podium. Redding retired from the race with a technical issue on Lap 6, effectively confirming Rea as a six-time World Champion as Redding had to win the race, while Matteo Ferrari (Barni Racing Team) did not finish the race.

WorldSBK Rider Quotes

Toprak Razgatlıoğlu – P1

Well, I’m really happy because of qualifying, and getting pole position for the first time – and also I am surprised by the lap time. In the race, I had a really good start, I pushed hard and then I could race alone and control the gap – this is also the first start-to-finish win for me! The Yamaha R1 was really good today, I had a good feeling on the bike and was able to be fast for the first five laps and then ride easy to save the tyre. Thank you to my team, it is nice as well for them to win again. This season, we won the first race and have done it again in the last weekend. In the final races tomorrow I will try to get the victory but it will not be easy, especially in the Superpole Race where all the riders push hard. It is good for me and Yamaha to come back strong in this last race weekend of the season, I hope to do the same tomorrow.”

Toprak Razgatlıoğlu
Chaz Davies – P2

Unfortunately I was not able to convert the best qualifying of the season with a good start. I immediately found myself in a rather difficult position but from the start, the feeling was excellent. I started to recover positions, chasing Van Der Mark (Yamaha) for the third place in the final standings. After his crash, I pushed even harder to get another podium. It’s a great result and I would like to thank the team for the work we have done in the last two months where we have made great progress. I will be back on track tomorrow with a little less pressure and this could help me to get other important results.

Chaz Davies
Garrett Gerloff – P3

I was definitely trying to be on my tiptoes around Jonny, I didn’t want to cause him any problems or anything like that! I am honestly a little frustrated with myself because in the beginning of the race I was making stupid mistakes and riding like an idiot. I’m not normally like that, I’m normally more consistent so I definitely need to work on that for tomorrow. Really happy to be on the podium again for the whole Yamaha crew and the GRT team. It’s been a really cool last few races and to be back on the podium is nice, but it’s not as nice as the first time! I’m going to have to move up some places to make it even sweeter.”

#EstorilWorldSBK at Circuito Estoril – Race 1.
1.) Toprak Razgatlioglu (PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team)
2.) Chaz Davies (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) +3.039s
3.) Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team) +4.220s
Jonathan Rea – P4

I have no feeling right now; I cannot even look back. It has been an incredible journey this season. I want to thank WorldSBK, Dorna, all the circuits and organisers to even get racing this year. In the middle of what everyone has experienced in 2020 sport always comes second – but we managed to race. I miss the fans here, I miss not having my family and friends here, and all my travelling support from back home in Northern Ireland; I really miss that. They cannot be here right now but it is for all of them and my Kawasaki Racing Team, for keeping pushing this season. We started behind like last year but never gave up. It has been a hell of a journey and I am so happy.”

Jonathan Rea crowned 2020 WorldSBK Champion
Leon Haslam – P5

A good result in the end today. I was pleased to be on the front row of the grid but once the race got underway I didn’t have great feeling through the opening laps. I made a few mistakes, even running off track a couple of times which was a little frustrating. But by mid-race I had found good feeling and was able to catch up to both Alvaro and Alex (Lowes). And from there we had a good three-way battle, and ultimately I finished fifth. We made some good steps and were able to maintain strong pace throughout the race and I’m really happy to have another top five finish.

Leon Haslam
Alex Lowes – P6

First of all I am so happy for all the Kawasaki guys and Jonathan. For the whole of KRT, and especially for the guys on his side of the garage. It is so hard to win a world championship let alone six in a row, so big respect to them. I am proud to be part of the team and let’s hope next year we can get involved too and make it a bit harder for him. In Superpole I feel like I did not do a very good lap on the qualifying tyre. There are quite a few corners here that you are on the side of the tyre for a long time and with the Q it just upset the front a bit, which I did not expect. In the race I got a good start but I wasn’t fast enough in the first few laps. I got into a battle with the two Hondas and I felt I was faster than those guys but they kept passing me and I would get back onto them, but and then the same thing would happen again. It was a bit of a frustrating race because I could not find my own rhythm. I feel that if I could have done, I could have got away a little bit.”

Tom Sykes – P10

We got a good start to today’s race one but I just got caught on the outside at T1. We then settled into a good rhythm and it was a shame as P5 was only a few seconds away, but I was at the wrong end of a big group. It’s clear to see that our bike is working really well in some areas, but I was just lacking a little bit today with mechanical grip and engine performance. But it is what is, the game is over for this year and now for me the aim is to get the best results possible and gather the information, blend that together going into the winter test and get to where we need to be next year.”

Tom Sykes
Eugene Laverty – P12

This track is tough for us in general. These slow first gear corners are just not suited to our bike, but I did what I could today. We were slow but at least we were consistent and kept within three tenths of my lap time from the start. Regardless of that we gained some good information, I played around with my body position to try give the guys some direction to work in so again we will try something else for tomorrow’s final two races. Our problem is that we are struggling to get the bike stopped and have that punch out of the corners. But we have some ideas, it’s not going to be a miracle overnight but we must make progress.”

Eugene Laverty
Alvaro Bautista – P17

Today I’m a little upset about the fall, really sorry actually, because at that moment I was feeling very good on the bike after making a strong comeback. We improved the race set-up of the bike a little compared to all the previous rounds, especially in terms of the electronics. The only thing is that we tend to identify the set-up a little late. Even today, I had to find all the references again during the race itself because the bike felt different from the practices, though it was better, in that I could push harder. I felt good, I could ride hard, especially when I had a free track ahead after moving up the field. I could lap with pace very close to that of the leaders. It was a shame about the crash at turn six. But we’ll try to take the positives, and make another step forward with the electronics, bearing in mind that tomorrow we have two more opportunities to run good races.

Scott Redding – DNF

As I said at the beginning of this weekend, I came to Portugal to give everything. I was the fastest in all the sessions and the feeling with the bike was excellent. Unfortunately, I crashed in Superpole: it was a very strange crash and we will have to understand why. It was a shame that the bike came back to the garage so late. My team did an incredible job but I missed a few more seconds to try at least one time attack. In the race, there was a technical problem but starting from the last position it was really difficult to do something important. I want to congratulate Jonathan. It was a great battle, with a lot of respect. I will try again next season. I know I can do it. I never give up”.

Michael van der Mark – DNF

I’m really disappointed, we were struggling quite a lot yesterday but this morning we made a good step forward with the bike. In Superpole, I wasn’t completely happy with the lap, but sixth on the grid and only 0.1s from P2 wasn’t so bad. In the race I felt confident with the R1, we changed a few bits so I had to get used to it, but after a couple of laps I started to feel really comfortable. I had quite a good pace, I think I even set the fastest lap time so I was going well and catching Jonathan and Gerloff. I think I was quicker than them but I made a mistake and lost the front going into Turn 7, I’m not really sure why. It’s a shame because we had good pace, we could battle for the podium and it would have been nice to be on there with Toprak – he did a fantastic job. Tomorrow, we will try again and I’m even more determined to finish my four years with Yamaha on the podium.”

Michael van der Mark #60

WorldSBK Race One Results

Pos Rider Bike Gap
1 T. Razgatlioglu Yamaha /
2 C. Davies Ducati +3.039
3 G. Gerloff Yamaha +4.220
4 J.  Rea Kawasaki +9.645
5 L.  Haslam Honda +15.732
6 A. Lowes Kawasaki +15.926
7 M. Rinaldi Ducati +16.205
8 X. Fores Kawasaki +17.842
9 L.  Baz Yamaha +18.035
10 T. Sykes BMW +18.404
11 J.  Folger Yamaha +20.834
12 E. Laverty BMW +30.026
13 L.  Mercado Ducati +31.886
14 T. Takahashi Honda +47.164
15 E. Granado Honda +48.801
16 S. Morais Kawasaki +56.970
17 A. Bautista Honda +1m32.677
18 L.  Cresson Kawasaki 1 Lap
Not Classified
RET F. Caricasulo Yamaha 9 Laps
RET M. Van Der Mark Yamaha 14 Laps
RET S. Redding Ducati 16 Laps
RET M. Ferrari Ducati 19 Laps

WorldSBK Championship Standings

Pos Rider Points
 1  Jonathan Rea  353
 2  Scott Redding  281
 3  Chaz Davies  242
 4  Michael Van Der Mark  203
 5  Toprak Razgatlioglu  200
 6  Alex Lowes  189
 7  Michael Ruben Rinaldi  175
 8  Loris Baz  142
 9  Leon Haslam  102
 10  Alvaro Bautista  99
 11  Garrett Gerloff  94
 12  Tom Sykes  82
 13  Xavi Fores  53
 14  Eugene Laverty  51
 15  Federico Caricasulo  51
 16  Marco Melandri  23
 17  Leandro Mercado  21
 18  Sandro Cortese  14
 19  Jonas Folger  14
 20  Sylvain Barrier  12
 21  Maximilian Scheib  11
 22  Takumi Takahashi  6
 23  Christophe Ponsson  4
 24  Roman Ramos  4
 25  Matteo Ferrari  4
 26  Lorenzo Zanetti  3
 27  Valentin Debise  2
 28  Eric Granado  1
 29  Xavier Pinsach  1

World Supersport

There was plenty of action across Race 1 at the Pirelli Estoril Round for the FIM Supersport World Championship as Andrea Locatelli (BARADHAL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team) claimed victory at the Circuito Estoril in a Red Flagged and restarted race in Portugal, with the second part of the race reduced to 12 laps.

FIM Supersport World Championship

The race was Red Flagged on Lap 3 when Peter Sebestyen (OXXO Yamaha Team Toth) crashed at Turn 13, the final corner at the Circuito Estoril, spraying gravel onto the track. The Red Flag was shown in order to give marshals a chance to clear the stones from the tarmac, with the new grid set by positions at the last timing point before the Red Flag was deployed.

FIM Supersport World Championship

The restarted race started dramatically when Raffaele De Rosa (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) and Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) collided at Turn 2 on Lap 1; with de Rosa retiring from the race on the spot while Mahias was able to return to the pitlane with his Kawasaki machine. It meant Locatelli was able to move clear at the front of the field to take victory; his 12th of the season after 14 races in 2020.

Italian rider Locatelli was joined on the podium by Philipp Oettl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) as the German continued his impressive rookie season with his fourth podium of the season and his best result of 2020, having finished third on three occasions, while Estonian Hannes Soomer (Kallio Racing) took his third podium of the season and his third in a row.

There was a titanic four-way battle for fourth place that was won by Isaac Viñales (Kallio Racing), finishing 1.5s clear of South African rider Steven Odendaal (EAB Ten Kate Racing). Odendaal fended off the challenge of Turkish star Can Öncü (Turkish Racing Team) and Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team); 2019 WorldSSP300 Champion Gonzalez finishing just 0.007s behind Öncü as they crossed the line.

Axel Bassani (Soradis Yamaha Motoxracing) finished in eighth place as the highest-placed WorldSSP Challenge rider as he looks to snatch the title away from Kevin Manfredi (Altogoo Racing Team); the Italian down in 14th place. Jules Cluzel’s (GMT94 Yamaha) return from injury culminated in points with ninth place, finishing ahead of teammate Corentin Perolari who completed the top ten.

Danny Webb (WRP Wepol Racing) battled from the back of the grid in the restarted race after crashing at Turn 3 in the first part to finish in 11th place, holding off Hikari Okubo (Dynavolt Honda) who came home in 12th. Federico Fuligni (MV Agusta Reparto Corse), Manfredi and Andy Verdoïa (bLU cRU WorldSSP by MS Racing) completed the points in Race 1; with Indonesian rider Galang Hendra Pratama (bLU cRU WorldSSP by MS Racing) just missing out on points with 16th place.

Glenn van Straalen (MPM Routz Racing Team) finished in 17th place with Patrick Hoblesberger (Dynavolt Honda) and Vincent Falcone (OXXO Yamaha Team Toth) the last of the classified runners. Alejandro Ruiz Carranza (EMPERADOR Racing Team), De Rosa, Mahias and Victor Alexandre Da Silva Barros (Palkalgar Yamaha – Evan Bros), the first Angolan rider in WorldSSP, did not finish the race.

P1 Andrea Locatelli (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team)

Another victory! Today was not so easy and the conditions here were a little bit crazy with the wind. We are stronger when it is time to race, we are ready, and this is important. Now we are working a little bit for tomorrow, but I am confident I can make another victory and I will try for this.”

P2 Philipp Oettl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing)

I’m really happy about this result. It as a really up and down race. I tried to close the gap to Andrea, but it was not possible. The track conditions were quite slippery and the front was sliding away all the time and also the rear was difficult to control and I tried my best to stay on the bike and take as many points as possible and now I’m really happy. The team did an amazing job from yesterday to today. It was an amazing race.”

P3 Hannes Soomer (Kallio Racing)

We had quite good speed, but I messed up the Superpole so had a really bad starting position. I had a good start and I could almost stay with Andrea. Unfortunately, there is the last sector where I am not so strong, but we will try to fix it for tomorrow and maybe we can fight for the victory.

#EstorilWorldSBK WorldSSP at Circuito Estoril – Race 1
1.) Andrea Locatelli (BARDHAL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team)
2.) Philipp Oettl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) +1.591s
3.) Hannes Soomer (Kallio Racing) +1.968s

World Supersport Race Results

Pos Rider Bike Gap
1 A. Locatelli Yamaha /
2 R. De Rosa MV Agusta +0.443
3 L.  Mahias Kawasaki +1.106
4 P. Oettl Kawasaki +1.415
5 M. Gonzalez Kawasaki +2.259
6 I.  Vinales Yamaha +2.685
7 H. Soomer Yamaha +2.998
8 S. Odendaal Yamaha +3.912
9 J.  Cluzel Yamaha +4.346
10 C. Perolari Yamaha +5.525
11 C. Oncu Kawasaki +6.323
12 A. Bassani Yamaha +6.966
13 H. Okubo Honda +10.450
14 K. Manfredi Yamaha +10.702
15 G. Hendra Pratama Yamaha +11.060
16 A. Verdoia Yamaha +11.139
17 A. Ruiz Carranza Yamaha +11.471
18 F. Fuligni MV Agusta +12.008
19 G. Van Straalen Yamaha +13.226
20 P. Hobelsberger Honda +13.743
21 V. Falcone Yamaha 1 Sec
22 V. Da Silva Barros Yamaha 1 Sec
23 D. Webb Yamaha 2 Sec
Not Classified
RET P.  Sebestyen Yamaha DNF
RET K. Hanika Yamaha DNF

World Supersport Championship Standings

Pos Rider Points
 1  Andrea Locatelli  313
 2  Lucas Mahias  204
 3  Jules Cluzel  153
 4  Philipp Oettl  151
 5  Steven Odendaal  123
 6  Raffaele De Rosa  119
 7  Manuel Gonzalez  117
 8  Hannes Soomer  107
 9  Corentin Perolari  107
 10  Isaac Vinales  106
 11  Danny Webb  74
 12  Can Alexander Oncu  63
 13  Peter Sebestyen  49
 14  Kevin Manfredi  39
 15  Kyle Smith  36
 16  Andy Verdoia  34
 17  Federico Fuligni  32
 18  Axel Bassani  29
 19  Alejandro Ruiz Carranza  25
 20  Miquel Pons  16
 21  Hikari Okubo  12
 22  Loris Cresson  12
 23  Galang Hendra Pratama  12
 24  Karel Hanika  11
 25  Patrick Hobelsberger  6
 26  Glenn Van Straalen  4
 27  Maria Herrera  2
 28  Jaimie Van Sikkelerus  2
 29  Luigi Montella  1

World Supersport 300

Action all the way through the race was the story of the day in the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship as the World Championship was decided in Race 1 of the Pirelli Estoril Round at the Circuito Estoril as Jeffrey Buis (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT) took the Riders’ Championship as he finished in sixth place as Mika Perez (Prodina Ircos Team WorldSSP300) won the race.

FIM Supersport 300 World Championship

There was drama from the start as Alfonso Coppola (Kawasaki GP Project), Hugo de Cancellis (Team TRASIMENO) and Thomas Brianti (Prodina Ircos Team WorldSSP300) all crashed out in the same incident while Filippo Rovelli (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) pulled up with mechanical issues on the opening lap. De Cancellis was taken to the medical centre for a check-up following the incident and later declared unfit with a facial trauma, a deep wound to his third finger on the left hand and a right thigh contusion.

A four-way battle for the lead broke out as Perez claimed the victory by just 0.013s ahead of Koen Meuffels (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT) and Tom Booth-Amos (RT Motorsports by SKM-Kawasaki) in third; Booth-Amos just 0.055s away from taking another win in the 2020 season. Bruno Ieraci (Kawasaki GP Project) finished in fourth place as part of that battle, two tenths back from Booth-Amos. Perez’s winning margin of 0.013s was the second-closest victory of all time in WorldSSP300, and it was the third-closest podium finish of all-time.

Mika Perez (Prodina Ircos Team WorldSSP300) leading

Victor Rodriguez Nuñez (EAB Ten Kate Racing) finished in fourth place as he held off a five-way battle for fifth place including the two Championship contenders, with Buis finishing in sixth place and Samuel di Sora (Leader Team Flembbo) in seventh; Scott Deroue (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT), who had looked like taking the Championship battle to the final race, finished in eighth. Buis finishing ahead of Deroue meant the teenager claimed his first World Championship and became the first non-Spanish Champion in WorldSSP300. Buis beat Deroue on a race to the line with the smallest margin separating the two teammates.

Meikon Kawakami (Team Brasil AD 78) finished just two tenths away from Rodriguez Nuñez but was down in ninth place, half a second away from his brother, Ton Kawakami (Yamaha MS Racing), who rounded out the top ten. Kevin Sabatucci (Kawasaki GP Project) finished in 11th place, ahead of Yuta Okaya (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT).

Jeffrey Buis – FIM Supersport 300 World Champion

Marc Garcia (2R Racing) finished in 13th place ahead of ahead of Turkish star Bahattin Sofuoglu (Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha WorldSSP300) in 14th and Jose Luis Perez Gonzalez (Machado Came SBK) completing the points-paying positions; fellow Spanish rider Adrian Huertas (ProGP Racing) missing out on points by less than half a tenth of a second.

Jeffrey Buis – FIM Supersport 300 World Champion

Tom Bramich (Carl Cox-RT Motorsports by SKM-Kawasaki) and Tom Edwards (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) did not finish the race after suffering issues throughout the 10-lap contest, while Petr Svoboda (WRP Wepol Racing) crashed on Lap 6 of the race which forced him out of the battle.

Unai Orradre (Yamaha MS Racing) and polesitter Nick Kalinin (Battley-RT Motorsports by SKM-Kawasaki) racing collided at the chicane in the latter stages of the race but both were able to get up of their own accord following the incident, although both were forced to retire. Alejandro Carrion (ACCR Smrz Racing by Blue Garage) retired from the race following his trip through the gravel at Turn 1.

P1 Mika Perez (Prodina Ircos Team WorldSSP300)

“This is an unbelievable feeling after one and a half years struggling a lot where I had really bad luck. I am back on the podium and also winning is very nice. The team did an incredible job and I am so happy. Tomorrow we have to go for another win!”

P2 Koen Meuffels (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT)

“I’m really happy with this podium especially after the bad luck we had during the last races. It was a tough race but a fair fight but now I am focussed on tomorrow to end the season strongly.”

P3 Tom Booth-Amos (RT Motorsports by SKM – Kawasaki)

“It was not an easy race. Starting from ninth, it’s always going to be difficult. I would be lying if I said I’m not disappointed to win it. I felt like I had the race under control, but I made a little mistake at the chicane on the last lap and I guess the guys behind me had enough to slipstream me to the line. I’m a little bit disappointed but we’ve got some things to work on to fix for tomorrow. Happy to be back on the podium after a while.”

#EstorilWorldSBK WorldSSP300 at Circuito Estoril – Race 1
1.) Mika Perez (Prodina Ircos Team WorldSSP300)
2.) Koen Meuffels (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT) +0.013s
3.) Tom Booth-Amos (RT Motorsports by SKM – Kawasaki) +0.055s

WSSP300 Race Results

Pos Rider Bike Class Gap
1 M. Perez Kawasaki A /
2 K. Meuffels Kawasaki A +0.013
3 T. Booth-Amos Kawasaki B +0.055
4 B. Ieraci Kawasaki A +0.234
5 V. Rodriguez Nunez Yamaha A +5.764
6 J.  Buis Kawasaki A +5.782
7 S. Di Sora Kawasaki A +5.805
8 S. Deroue Kawasak B +5.829
9 M. Kawakami Yamaha B +5.988
10 T. Kawakami Yamaha B +6.612
11 K. Sabatucci Kawasaki B +6.899
12 Y. Okaya Kawasaki B +8.286
13 M. Garcia Kawasaki A +8.932
14 B. Sofuoglu Yamaha B +9.660
15 J.  Perez Gonzalez Yamaha B +12.649
16 A. Huertas Yamaha B +12.674
17 J.  Gimbert Kawasaki A +13.114
18 A. Diaz Yamaha A +18.826
19 A. Kroh Yamaha A +18.884
20 T. Bercot Yamaha B +18.899
21 M. Gaggi Yamaha A +32.255
22 D. Blin Yamaha A +32.335
23 O. Nunez Roldan Kawasaki B +32.591
24 S. Markarian Yamaha B +32.611
25 M. Gennai Yamaha A +33.740
26 A. Zanca Kawasaki B +46.635
Not Classified
RET A. Carrion Kawasaki A 3 Laps
RET U. Orradre Yamaha A 3 Laps
RET N. Kalinin Kawasaki A 4 Laps
RET P. Svoboda Yamaha B 6 Laps
RET T. Edwards Kawasaki B 6 Laps
RET T. Bramich Kawasaki A 7 Laps
RET F. Rovelli Kawasaki A 9 Laps
RET A. Coppola Kawasaki B /
RET H. De Cancellis Yamaha B /
RET T. Brianti Kawasaki B /

WSSP300 Championship Standings

Pos Rider Points
 1  Jeffrey Buis  213
 2  Scott Deroue  183
 3  Bahattin Sofuoglu  129
 4  Tom Booth-Amos  110
 5  Unai Orradre  98
 6  Ana Carrasco  97
 7  Mika Perez  96
 8  Koen Meuffels  91
 9  Thomas Brianti  80
 10  Yuta Okaya  79
 11  Samuel Di Sora  68
 12  Bruno Ieraci  66
 13  Hugo De Cancellis  65
 14  Meikon Kawakami  65
 15  Ton Kawakami  45
 16  Marc Garcia  44
 17  Kevin Sabatucci  42
 18  Adrian Huertas  35
 19  Nick Kalinin  29
 20  Victor Rodriguez Nunez  20
 21  Filippo Rovelli  20
 22  Tom Edwards  17
 23  Alvaro Diaz  17
 24  Inigo Iglesias Bravo  15
 25  Alan Kroh  13
 26  Glenn Van Straalen  13
 27  Enzo De La Vega  12
 28  Alfonso Coppola  12
 29  Felipe Macan  10
 30  Johan Gimbert  7
 31  Oliver Konig  5
 32  Daniel Mogeda  4
 33  Filip Salac  4
 34  Alejandro Carrion  4
 35  Kim Aloisi  3
 36  Tom Bramich  2
 37  Angel Heredia  2
 38  Jose Luis Perez Gonzalez  1
 39  Daniel Blin  1
 40  Paolo Grassia  1
 41  Tom Bercot  1
 42  Mirko Gennai  1

Estoril Sunday Schedule

Time Class Session
1900 WorldSBK WUP
1925 WorldSSP WUP
1950 WorldSSP300 WUP
2100 WorldSBK Superpole Race
2230 WorldSSP Race 2
000 WorldSBK Race 2
0115 (Mon) WorldSSP300 Race 2

2020 WorldSBK Calendar

  1. March 1 – Phillip Island
  2. August 2 – Jerez
  3. August 9 – Portimao
  4. August 30 – Aragon
  5. September 6 – Aragon
  6. September 20 – Catalunya
  7. October 4 – Magny-Cours
  8. October 18 – Estoril

Source: MCNews.com.au

Yamaha dominate opening day at Catalunya in mixed conditions

Toprak tops Friday at Catalunya

Day one of the Acerbis Catalunya Round for the Motul FIM Superbike World Championship was a day of two halves as the mostly dry weather in the morning made way for mixed conditions in the afternoon; the track conditions at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya slowly improving after a shower soaked the track. Toprak Razgatlioglu (PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team) ended the day fastest after posting the best lap time in the dry Free Practice 1 session.

The combined classifications meant Razgatlioglu topped Friday’s running after a flurry of quick laps at the end of Lap 1 changed the order rapidly. The Turkish rider led a Yamaha 1-2-3 as teammate Michael van der Mark and American Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team) finishing the day in third place.

All three riders were running as the session came to a close and kept improving their lap times with Gerloff putting in a stunning lap for third place right at the end of the session; allowing him to finish the day nearly a second clear of team-mate Federico Caricasulo (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team); the Italian in 14th place.

Toprak Razgatlıoğlu – P1

Today we had a good start in FP1, but I still feel like we still have some work to do to improve more – this is normal after only one session. I’m happy with FP2 as we rode in wet conditions and normally this is my big weakness, but I had a good feeling on the Yamaha R1 today and I could understand the grip levels. Maybe 10th position is not “good”, but I feel like I am riding better in these conditions! We are happy with today, everything is working really well in the team and I am enjoying my R1 very much here in Barcelona – maybe too much after FP1, as I made a big “stoppie” for fun but Race Control were not so impressed, so I had to say sorry to them!

Toprak Razgatlıoğlu
Michael van der Mark – P2

Really happy with the first day here in Barcelona, the conditions were different to the test but I felt very good with the bike immediately and the changes we made during FP1 were all positive. The bike’s also quite a lot different to what we had here at the test, so it was really interesting to see how the R1 was performing. I was really happy with how fast we were this morning, and also with the used tyre we had really good pace. In my fast lap I had a small moment, but even with this FP1 was great. FP2 was wet so I waited a little bit to see how track conditions were before I went out with the bike and to be honest I felt really comfortable. I was making progress every lap and in the end we tried a different bike set-up for these conditions but also the track was drying a lot. Happy with my bike, happy with FP1 and I think it was valuable to ride in FP2.”

Michael van der Mark
Paul Denning – Team Principal

A positive Friday and a good first day here in Barcelona both for us as Pata Yamaha and for WorldSBK. It’s a great facility, the circuit layout is fantastic and, as we hoped, it looks like a more “friendly” track for the R1 by comparison to Aragón. Both Mikey and Toprak had a great feeling straight away in FP1, running competitive and consistent lap times, while also managing to both make impressive laps on fresh rubber at the end of the session to go one and two. Equally important, the wet performance was good, with Mikey right at the sharp end as usual and Toprak improving significantly on what has previously been a weak point for him. Race distance will be a challenge on this circuit in terms of rear tyre durability, but we’ve made a strong start to the weekend and let’s hope it can continue.”

Alvaro Bautista (Team HRC) had led the majority of the running in the opening practice session of the day but was one of a handful of riders who did not take to the track in the last few minutes of the session; the Spanish rider finishing the day in fourth place ahead of reigning Champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK).

Alvaro Bautista – P4

We’ve had a positive day. In FP1 I focused on using just one tyre, as the track is critical in terms of tyre consumption and we don’t have real references here of course. I was really happy with my feeling today and held first place for most of the morning’s session, only losing it when others put in fresh tyres at the end. The bike is giving me more feedback and I’m feeling increasingly in control. This afternoon I used the rain tyres for only the second time. At first the feedback on the wet track wasn’t great, but we made some changes to improve my feeling and pace during that session and to be honest, by the end, I was feeling quite confident also in the wet. So we have some ideas ahead of tomorrow as well as good information regarding tyre life, which I think will be key in the races.

Alvaro Bautista

Bautista’s Team HRC team-mate, Leon Haslam, finished the day in 18th place but was running towards the front of the field in the wet Free Practice 2.

Leon Haslam – P18

It was a little tough today. We spent the morning working on the bike and so I only made a couple of flying laps. We weren’t doing too badly in the heavy rain this afternoon but as the track began to dry my feeling wasn’t as good, so we have a few things to reassess. I’m enjoying the track though and those first laps in the rain have helped build my confidence. Tomorrow we’ll use FP3 to make a few changes to try and find better feeling ahead of the Superpole and race one.”

Leon Haslam

Rea had appeared to be unhappy during the early stages of Free Practice 1 but found lap time as the session progressed and ended the day in fifth place, with Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) in eighth place as KRT finished with both bikes inside the top ten as they celebrated their home race. Rea ended the Free Practice 2 as the fastest rider in the wet session.

Jonathan Rea – P5

“In the end I felt quite good with the bike and found a good rhythm. This morning I had some issues in braking, when the lever was coming back too far, so the first half of the session was dealing with that. In the afternoon it was wet so we were just step-by-step finding the conditions. We have never ridden here in the wet so we were just looking out for those slippery areas. I almost got caught out in the afternoon when Maximilian Scheib fell just in front of me – and first of all I want to say that I hope he is OK. I was catching him and he lost the rear on the exit of turn five. I was right there and I got in between the bike and him, so I was so lucky. After day one I feel like we are quite prepared and I have experience in wet and dry conditions now. We know what we are dealing with.”

Jonathan Rea
Alex Lowes – P7

“I felt quite good this morning in the dry session. We used the same tyres for all of FP1 and we went well on them. We had a good test here so even though we did not get any dry track time in the afternoon today we feel quite good with the set-up of the bike. In the rain I tried some different settings on the bike but the track conditions were also drying up and changing so it was a strange session. I have not done many wet laps on the bike before so it was nice to get out in the rain. Now let’s see what the weather is like on Saturday. I feel great and three or four days after the Motorland race I was feeling completely relaxed. It is so nice to be here feeling good, feeling fresh, knowing I can attack the races rather than physically struggle for 20 laps.”

Alex Lowes

Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) finished the day in eighth place as BMW, who were strong in a test at the circuit in July, continue to show good pace at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Tom Sykes – P8

I am feeling quite good at the end of the day, I also think P8 is not a true reflection of how we performed. We made a few changes to the BMW S 1000 RR this morning, found some good improvements here and there so this is great that we keep moving forward. I was happy with our consistency throughout the session and the gap to the top, before the soft tyres came out at the end. This afternoon we had a wet session and I wanted to see what grip we had available, so I certainly took it easy in the opening stages. Once I had the feeling on the bike the lap times began to come to us, for sure the changes we made in the morning session helped in the wet conditions so to be P3 / P4 and respectable gap to the top boys was pleasing. Obviously towards the end the track began to dry, we did plan to schedule a change but, in those conditions, there was not much need to risk it and as a result dropped down the timing sheets. I feel that today has been very successful and I am looking forward to seeing what tomorrow brings.

Team-mate Eugene Laverty finished the day in 12th place, just two-tenths outside the top ten.

Eugene Laverty – P12

Today was a good day, and right from start of the session we were up in the second and third positions for a while. We decided to stay on the used tyre as we were testing a different rear setting on the bike for the race, this meant we got bumped down the order towards the end but reality is we were likely in the top 6, which is the first time this year. The second session we ended up in P9, this was good for us as the last time I rode the bike in the wet was in Phillip Island, which we didn’t have a good feeling on. My aim as normal for tomorrow is to get up into that top 6 in qualifying, this will give us a real good chance for the opening race.”

Scott Redding (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) was classified in ninth place for the day’s running, around seventh tenths away from Razgatlioglu’s pace, with Redding looking to start clawing back some of Rea’s 36-point Championship lead. Teammate Chaz Davies was in 11th place but with little to separate the two Ducati riders on the timesheets.

Scott Redding – P9

It was a very particular day that allowed us to go out on the track in different conditions. For this reason, I think it was a positive first day at the end of which we collected interesting data. In FP1 the feeling with the bike was good. We worked for a lot with the used tire and at the end of the session, I preferred not to try the time attack. The feelings are positive“.

Scott Redding
Chaz Davies – P11

I am quite satisfied with what we did today, especially in FP1 in dry conditions. We completed many laps with the same tire and the race pace was incisive. We tried to improve the grip with positive results. The plan of the afternoon was to try other tires solutions but the rain did not allow us to do it. Anyway, I am very confident“.

Chaz Davies

Loris Baz (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) was inside the top ten after Friday’s two practice sessions but was another who showed strong pace in the mixed conditions in the afternoon, finishing sixth in the second practice session although the Frenchman crashed in the latter stages of the session at Turn 7. Xavi Fores (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) finished the day in 13th place after edging close to the top ten, finishing half a second away from Baz in tenth.

Jonas Folger (Bonovo Action by MGM Racing) was 15th after his first day of WorldSBK action after showing promising pace early in the opening session but falling down the order as others improved their lap time. Sylvain Barrier (Brixx Performance) was 19th for the day with Samuele Cavalieri (Barni Racing Team) in 20th on his WorldSBK debut, and rookie Valentin Debise (OUTDO Kawasaki TPR) completing the order.

Leandro Mercado (Motocorsa Racing) was declared unfit for the weekend following a crash in Free Practice 1 after he came off his bike, with the Argentinean taking to a local hospital where he was diagnosed with a right wrist fracture (radius and scaphoid). Takumi Takahashi (MIE Racing HONDA Team) crashed during the wet running at Turn 4; finishing the day in 17th place. Maximilian Scheib (ORELAC Racing VerdNatura) suffered a crash in the wet running in Free Practice 2 at the Turn 4 right-hander causing the session to be Red Flagged; Scheib taking to the medical centre for a check-up following the crash and later declared unfit with a right acromioclavicular joint injury and taken to a local hospital for further assessment.

WorldSBK Friday Combined Times

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 T. Razgatlioglu Yamaha 1m42.140
2 M. Van Der Mark Yamaha +0.169
3 G. Gerloff Yamaha +0.338
4 A. Bautista Honda +0.373
5 J. Rea Kawasaki +0.474
6 M. Rinaldi Ducati +0.495
7 A. Lowes Kawasaki +0.548
8 T. Sykes BMW +0.659
9 S. Redding Ducati +0.692
10 L. Baz Yamaha +0.699
11 C. Davies Ducati +0.733
12 E. Laverty BMW +0.887
13 X. Fores Kawasaki +1.117
14 F. Caricasulo Yamaha +1.457
15 J. Folger Yamaha +1.524
16 M. Scheib Kawasaki +1.806
17 T. Takahashi Honda +2.082
18 L. Haslam Honda +2.175
19 S. Barrier Ducati +2.698
20 S. Cavalieri Ducati +2.832
21 L. Mercado Ducati +3.411
22 V. Debise Kawasaki +3.521

World Supersport

The FIM Supersport World Championship teams and riders were greeted with dry running in the morning and a damp track in the afternoon as the Championship made its debut at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the inaugural Acerbis Catalunya Round. Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) topped the combined timesheets after setting the pace in the morning Free Practice 1 session.

Lucas Mahias

Mahias posted a time of 1’45.682s to top the timesheets on the opening day of running in Montmelo as he looks to keep his Championship hopes alive across the Catalunya Round weekend. The French rider was less than a tenth clear of Isaac Viñales (Kallio Racing) at the top of the standings, although Viñales did top the second practice session ahead of Mahias. Philipp Oettl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was third in the standings after the two practice sessions.

Isaac Viñales

Andrea Locatelli (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team), who can clinch the WorldSSP World Championship title at the Catalunya Round, finished in fourth place overall for the day, with the Italian three tenths away from Mahias’ pace. South African rider Steven Odendaal (EAB Ten Kate Racing) finished in fifth place, matching Locatelli’s time, while Corentin Perolari (GMT94) completed the top six.

Andrea Locatelli

Raffaele de Rosa (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) was seventh with Kyle Smith (GMT94 Yamaha), replacing the injured Jules Cluzel, in eighth place; Smith making his return to WorldSSP as a substitute rider. 2019 WorldSSP300 World Champion Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) was ninth in the classification with Danny Webb (WRP Wepol Racing) completing the top ten in the James Toseland-run team; Webb surviving a trip through the gravel in the first session to post the tenth best time.

Can Öncü (Turkish Racing Team) was 11th fastest after the two sessions but briefly found himself leading the timesheets in Free Practice 2. He finished ahead of Kevin Manfredi (Altogoo Racing Team) with the Italian finishing the day as the highest placed WorldSSP Challenge rider. Estonian rider Hannes Soomer (Kallio Racing) was 13th with Andy Verdoïa (bLU cRU WorldSSP by MS Racing) in 14th and Axel Bassani (Soradis Yamaha Motoxracing) rounding out the top 15.

Miquel Pons (Dynavolt Honda) was the lead Honda rider in 16th place as he edged out teammate Patrick Hobelsberger in 17th place. Peter Sebestyen (OXXO Yamaha Team Toth) was in 18th place after showing impressive form in recent rounds; the Hungarian will look to return to the top ten throughout the weekend.

WorldSSP Friday Times

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 L. Mahias Kawasaki 1m45.682
2 I.  Vinales Yamaha +0.059
3 P. Oettl Kawasaki +0.231
4 A. Locatelli Yamaha +0.258
5 S. Odendaal Yamaha +0.289
6 C. Perolari Yamaha +0.461
7 R. De Rosa MV Agusta +0.730
8 K. Smith Yamaha +0.958
9 M. Gonzalez Kawasaki +1.065
10 D. Webb Yamaha +1.107
11 C. Oncu Kawasaki +1.136
12 K. Manfredi Yamaha +1.163
13 H. Soomer Yamaha +1.180
14 A. Verdoia Yamaha +1.583
15 A. Bassani Yamaha +1.689
16 M. Pons Honda +1.943
17 P. Hobelsberger Honda +1.983
18 P. Sebestyen Yamaha +2.213
19 F. Fuligni MV Agusta +2.588
20 L. Cresson Yamaha +2.667
21 A. Ruiz Carranza Yamaha +2.714
22 G. Hendra Pratama Yamaha +2.985
23 G. Van Straalen Yamaha +3.601
24 O. Gutierrez Iglesiasesp  Gmt94 Y Kawasaki +3.752
25 L. Montella Kawasaki +3.771
26 G. Erill Kawasaki +4.271


FIM Supersport 300 World Championship’s visit to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the Acerbis Catalunya Round was disrupted by rain in the afternoon meaning Bruno Ieraci (Kawasaki GP Project) topped the times after going fastest in the morning Free Practice 1 session with dry conditions with the Italian going two tenths quicker than his nearest rival.

Bruno Ieraci

Group B riders were the first to venture on track this morning but riders from Group A riders made up the first three positions in the combined standings with Ieraci posting a 1’56.453s to lead Koen Meuffels (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT) and Championship leader Jeffrey Buis (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT); Buis continuing his Championship charge by being in the top three in practice.

Koen Meuffels

Inigo Iglesias Bravo (Scuderia Maranga Racing) was in fourth place overall for the day, almost matching both Meuffels and Buis on pace during the session and finished as the lead Group B rider for the day. Yuta Okaya (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT) made it three MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT riders in the top five with fifth place, finishing just ahead of Alan Kroh (Yamaha MS Racing).

Samuel di Sora (Leader Team Flembbo) finished the day in seventh place with Meikon Kawakami (Team Brasil AD 78) in eighth place and Marc Garcia (2R Racing) in ninth; the 2017 WorldSSP300 Champion making his return to the Championship at 2R Racing following Victor Rodriguez Nuñez’s switch to EAB Ten Kate Racing. Angel Heredia (DEZA-ISMABON Racing Team) completed the top ten as he competes at the Catalunya Round as a wildcard.

Tom Booth-Amos (RT Motorsports by SKM – Kawasaki) finished the day in 11th place as the three-time podium finisher missed out on the spot in the top ten by just a tenth of a second, while Ton Kawakami (Yamaha MS Racing) was in 12th, less than a tenth behind Booth-Amos. The top 12 were separated by just six tenths of a second in dry running.

Scott Deroue (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT), currently second in the Championship and 12 points behind teammate Buis, was 15th in the Group B classification as the Dutch rider looks to close the gap on his teammate at the top of the Championship.

In the afternoon session, in the rain in Montmelo, Eunan McGlinchey (Team# 109 Kawasaki) topped the times as teams and riders looked to gather information for any more potential wet running across the weekend. Bahattin Sofuoglu (Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha WorldSSP300) was a faller in the afternoon’s Free Practice 2 session as the Turkish race winner came off his bike at Turn 10 with Sofuoglu able to complete four laps in the session.

WorldSSP300 A Combined Times

Pos Rider Bike Class Time/Gap
1 B. Ieraci Kawasaki A 1m56.543
2 K. Meuffels Kawasaki A +0.158
3 J. Buis Kawasaki A +0.224
4 A. Kroh Yamaha A +0.331
5 S. Di Sora Kawasaki A +0.342
6 M. Garcia Kawasaki A +0.413
7 M. Perez Kawasaki A +0.562
8 N. Kalinin Kawasaki A +0.667
9 D. Mogeda Kawasaki A +0.711
10 A. Carrion Kawasaki A +0.737
11 P. Grassia Kawasaki A +0.903
12 K. Aloisi Yamaha A +1.100
13 F. Rovelli Kawasaki A +1.109
14 J. Gimbert Kawasaki A +1.237
15 U. Orradre Yamaha A +1.370
16 I.  Garcia Kawasaki A +1.374
17 F. Macan Yamaha A +1.537
18 E. Mcglinchey Kawasaki A +1.632
19 T. Bramich Kawasaki A +1.650
20 D. Blin Yamaha A +2.020
21 A. Diaz Yamaha A +2.041
22 M. Gennai Yamaha A +2.195
23 B. Neila Yamaha A +2.650
24 V. Rodriguez Nunez Yamaha A +2.855
25 M. Gaggi Yamaha A +3.353
26 I.  Offer Kawasaki A +4.912
27 L. Gruau Kawasaki A +6.045
28 P. Fragoso Yamaha A +6.178

WorldSSP300 B Combined Times

Pos Rider Bike Class Gap
1 I.  Iglesias Bravo Kawasaki B 1m56.786
2 Y. Okaya Kawasaki B +0.052
3 M. Kawakami Yamaha B +0.112
4 A. Heredia Kawasaki B +0.237
5 T. Booth-Amos Kawasaki B +0.362
6 T. Kawakami Yamaha B +0.423
7 O. Konig Kawasaki B +0.607
8 J. Perez Gonzalez Yamaha B +0.923
9 T. Brianti Kawasaki B +0.962
10 A. Huertas Yamaha B +0.992
11 K. Sabatucci Kawasaki B +1.002
12 A. Coppola Kawasaki B +1.027
13 F. Perez Casas Yamaha B +1.385
14 S. Markarian Yamaha B +1.477
15 S. Deroue Kawasaki B +1.511
16 B. Sofuoglu Yamaha B +1.534
17 T. Edwards Kawasaki B +1.637
18 H. De Cancellis Yamaha B +1.665
19 T. Bercot Yamaha B +1.673
20 G. Mastroluca Kawasaki B +1.861
21 E. De La Vega Yamaha B +1.877
22 N. Bernabè Kawasaki B +1.943
23 D. Kuban Kawasaki B +2.335
24 J. Ioverno Kawasaki B +2.346
25 J. Corral Yamaha B +2.506
26 M. Cervenka Kawasaki B +3.157
27 A. Quinet Kawasaki B +3.391
28 A. Zanca Kawasaki B +3.969

Source: MCNews.com.au

Yamaha outline their WorldSBK assault force for 2020

2020 Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team

Michael van der Mark and Toprak Razgatlioglu will spearhead Pata Yamaha’s WorldSBK challenge for season 2020.

Australian two-time World Supersport Champion Andrew Pitt has stayed with the team but with Alex Lowes’ moving to KRT, will crew chief for Dutchman Michael van der Mark.

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WorldSBK Test Portimao Day Michael VanDerMark

Michael van der Mark

Toprak, after two seasons of real achievement as an independent rider in WorldSBK on Kawasaki ZX-10RR machinery has switched to Yamaha for season 2020. His previous crew chief Phil Marron has come with him to Pata Yamaha, keeping their connection strong as they move into the realms of official team racing on a machine which is all-new to both.

Winner of a race at Jerez last year, Michael van der Mark is back for his fourth year on the official R1, but this year there is a revamped cross-plane four-cylinder machine under his command. He has taken three career race wins in WorldSBK, part of a total of 29 podium finishes in all.

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Portimao Test D Van Der Mark

Michael van der Mark

A seasoned WorldSBK campaigner and very much in his prime at 27 years-of-age, Michael aims to be a more consistent winner and podium finisher in 2020, having already built up a good relationship with his new R1 in testing after three seasons racing the previous version. Here’s what van der Mark had to say when asked about season 2020.

2020 marks your fourth season as an Official Yamaha rider on the YZF-R1 – are you feeling ready for the new season?

Michael van der Mark: “Of course I’m ready! I’m looking forward to the new season with the 2020 R1 – which is not a completely different bike – but there are a lot of new parts and improvements that will help us. We need to keep making progress, and with this new bike, that for sure will enable us to make another step.”

So, what changes have been made to the new R1?

MVDM: “One of the improvements is the aerodynamics; it works much better for tall riders like Toprak and me. It is a lot more protective and I think we can get a little bit better top speed. Also, I think the fairing design has brought some other benefits, so again it’s a positive feeling. Together with Öhlins and our performance engineers we’ve made a good step forward to find grip – as it’s always been our main issue. Already last year we made a step and it was really important, I felt like we have found a really good direction and exactly what we are looking for. I don’t know any numbers, but this new bike feels a bit faster as well – that’s always nice!”

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WorldSBK Test Jerez Day Michael VanDerMark GeeBee

Michael van der Mark

You have a new crew chief this year in Andrew Pitt – a two-time World Champion in his own right. How is that relationship developing?

MVDM: “I knew Andrew a bit already because he was working with Alex [Lowes] and we always got along well. It honestly feels good, the communication is great and there’s a bit of a mix in the team now; I have some different guys on my side of the garage. I think it’s good to have some new ideas and styles of working, some new motivation and changes; also with Toprak joining the team. So at the moment things are good! From the first moment I worked with Andrew I really enjoyed it and we did some other stuff together as well. I like the way he works as an ex-top rider. He really understands the problems I have and what I am facing when riding the bike, but also the deep technical side he understands really well, so I’m really happy.”

What about your new teammate, Toprak?

MVDM: “I like him! With Alex the relationship was always great, but it’s also good to have Toprak in the team as a young up-and coming-kid. He’s fast right from the start and we’ve had some really nice battles in the past. I’m really looking forward to the season, I think we can have some good battles again and I’ll be working hard to make sure I’m on top! He’ll keep me on my toes, but that’s what everybody wants. His style is so different to mine, but that’s interesting to learn from as well.”

What is your target in 2020?

MVDM: “Win races. If we can win races then we can build a challenge to fight for the championship. Boom!”

Toprak Razgatlioglu

At only 23 years-of-age, Toprak is a rider who can already beat the best in a fair fight and who is now looking to the new R1 to allow him to do that on a more consistent basis.

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WorldSBK Test Portimao Day Toprak Razgatlioglu

Toprak Razgatlioglu

Already a star in his native Turkey and a protégé of compatriot and WorldSSP legend Kenan Sofuoglu, Toprak has made a swift transition to the latest Yamaha R1 after a five-year career spent with a rival manufacturer. Like Michael, Toprak was a Superstock 600 European champion before moving up inside the WorldSBK paddock.

He shared his thoughts about this coming season, the new bikes and possibilities ahead:

Welcome to the Yamaha family and Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team with Rizla. How is the experience so far?

Toprak Razgatlioglu: “It’s a different team and for me, the first time with an official team. I was used to being in a small team, and now coming into an official manufacturer team. I don’t know all the people in the team yet and always I say, for me it is not easy because everyone is different to work with. But already it’s feeling very good and I like it a lot. In the beginning, I was a little… scared! Because I don’t know the team and everything is new. But now I’m very happy and enjoying it. Like with the stoppies at the end of the test, I thought at the start, ‘ah maybe I won’t try because I don’t know if it will be allowed!’ But after one time, somebody asked me ‘can you do another stoppie?’ So then I say ‘OK!’ I didn’t know in the beginning if it would be OK because it was all-new but these are racing people – serious about their jobs – and they also want to enjoy it.”

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WSBK Jerez Test Nov Toprak Razgatlioglu

Toprak Razgatlioglu

What is your impression of the new 2020 Yamaha R1 – what are the strong points?

TR: “Again, the Yamaha a new bike for me but now I have the 2020 R1 – between the two I would say there is not a really big difference, just nice improvements. I feel like it is very easy to turn, really good at turning and with the power I am feeling much better. I’m learning that my new bike with Yamaha has a different character from what I rode in the past. After more laps, I feel much better. I’ve always liked Yamaha; my first bike was a PW50! I have ridden Yamaha bikes over many years – I ride a Niken on the streets at home – and now after five years on a different bike, I have come here and I’m very happy.”

You are working with Phil Marron again as your crew chief, is this important when you are inside a new team and with a new bike?

TR: “Yes we work together well and I am very happy. Because we worked together in 2019, he knows me and I feel this is very important because he understands what I need to go fast. Before, my crew chiefs understood me a little and I would just ride the bike, but in 2019 working with Phil, he understands me more and the result is different! I’m very happy because we’re coming together to this new team. For Phil and me it is new: a new team and a new bike. But now already it is a better feeling, but I keep saying, I need more time, more laps and after, it will be a much better feeling!”

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Portimao Test D Toprak Razgatlioglu Cover

Toprak Razgatlioglu

Are you enjoying having a teammate for the first time? What are the good and bad points compared to being the only rider?

TR: “In 2019, I raced in a team alone in WorldSBK and I think for me it was very easy, because with just one rider if I had a bad session I didn’t feel very bad. After a good session, I would be very happy. And now, coming to Yamaha and the first time having a teammate it is different [by having someone to compare to] – but I am very lucky because he is a very good guy! I know on the track we are fighting hard but outside we are already friends, feeling is like brothers. I say ‘abi’ to Michael and normally to say ‘abi’ in Turkish means ‘big brother’.”

In 2019 you won your first races and made big improvements. What are your goals in 2020?

TR: “I think last year I said the same – to get a podium at Phillip Island. I need this and last year I tried! It was not possible, but this year I will try again. First race, first podium and try to have a good feeling to start. After that, I try my best always, we will see…”

Continuity can be key in many areas of racing but in 2020 the long-time leader of the Pata Yamaha team’s efforts – Paul Denning – has many new elements to help distil into one potent WorldSBK racing mix, ready to score consistent success at a higher level than ever.

Paul Denning

“2020 marks the fifth season since Yamaha’s return to WorldSBK competition in 2016 with the R1 and we are excited to see the next step in our evolution.”. “Yamaha’s Official Team, operated in close partnership with Crescent Racing, has improved every year both in potential and result, made evident by race wins and third and fourth overall in the 2019 Championship. As we get closer to the top level, further improvements are of course more difficult to deliver, but to take the next step forward and challenge for the title must be the target.”

Denning is very much aware that changes have been made with one goal in mind – higher levels of achievement for all.

“Yamaha has continued to improve their development capabilities, the team has improved its structure, and now we also have the new 2020 R1 to help us challenge for victories,” said Paul. “Alongside this, at Yamaha we now have one of the most exciting rider line-ups ever seen in WorldSBK, as Toprak joins Michael to create a talented, young and aggressive team that we hope will allow us to meet our targets and to deliver highly exciting on-track action throughout the new season.”

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WorldSBK Michael VanDerMark Toprak Razgatlioglu

Toprak Razgatlıoğlu joins Michael van der Mark in the Pata Yamaha squad

Now that winter testing in Europe has concluded, all eyes turn to the official pre-season test in Australia, between 24 and 25 February, which will give the best possible indication of how the new season could start for Pata Yamaha.

The test and then the first weekend of a new era for Pata Yamaha will take place at the same Phillip Island circuit, one that has been host to so many spectacular moments in recent and more historic WorldSBK seasons.

WorldSBK Yamaha Finance Australian Round, Phillip Island

Friday 28 February 2020
Time Event Program
8:25 Oceania Junior Cup Qualifying
8:45 ASBK Supersport FP2
9:05 Australian Superbike FP2
9:30 ASBK SS300 FP2
9:50 FIM Medical Inspection
10:00 FIM Track Inspection
10:30 WorldSBK FP1
11:30 WorldSSP FP1
12:25 Pit Walk 1
13:00 Australian Superbike Q1
13:25 Australian Superbike Q2
13:50 Oceania Junior Cup R1 | 6 Laps
14:15 ASBK Supersport Qualifying
15:00 WorldSBK FP2
16:00 WorldSSP FP2
16:55 ASBK SS300 Qualifying
17:15 Parade Laps
Saturday 29 February 2020
Time Class Program
8:25 ASBK Oceania Junior Cup R2 | 6 Laps
8:50 ASBK Supersport R1 |10 Laps
9:30 FIM Medical Inspection
9:40 FIM Track Inspection
10:00 WorldSBK FP3
10:35 WorldSSP FP3
11:05 Australian Superbike R1 | 12 Laps
11:40 ASBK SS300 R1 | 8 Laps
12:15 WorldSBK Superpole
12:55 WorldSSP Superpole
13:40 Pit Walk 2 & Safety Car Laps
15:00 WorldSBK R1 | 22 Laps
16:15 Australian Superbike R2 | 12 Laps
16:50 ASBK SS300 R2 | 8 Laps
17:15 ASBK Supersport R2 | 10 Laps
17:50 Hyundai N Experience (Test Drive)
Sunday 1 March 2020
Time Class Program
8:20 Oceania Junior Cup R3 | 6 Laps
8:50 FIM Medical Inspection
9:00 FIM Track Inspection
09:30 WorldSBK Warm Up
09:55 WorldSSP Warm Up
10:30 Australian Superbike R3 | 12 Laps
11:05 Pit Walk 3 & Safety Car Laps
12:00 WorldSBK SP Race | 10 Laps
13:15 WorldSSP RACE |18 Laps
15:00 WorldSBK R2 | 22 Laps
16:15 ASBK SS300 R3 | 8 Laps
16:45 ASBK Supersport R3 |10 Laps
17:20 Hyundai N Experience (Test Drive)

Source: MCNews.com.au

Toprak Razgatlioglu joins Yamaha for WorldSBK 2020

Toprak Razgatlioglu to Partner Michael van der Mark at Yamaha in 2020

Toprak Razgatlioglu will join Michael van der Mark at Yamaha for the 2020 FIM Superbike World Championship.

Razgatlioglu, who claimed his first WorldSBK race victory in Magny-Cours at the weekend, will partner Michael van der Mark in the Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team.

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Toprak Razgatlioglu – 2019 WorldSBK Round 11, Magny-Cours

Razgatlioglu arrived in the WorldSBK paddock in 2015 to contest the European 600 Superstock Championship, which he won in his debut season. A move up the European 1000 Superstock Championship followed, where the young Turkish rider was a title contender for two years before stepping up to the WorldSBK class in 2018.

Razgatlioglu immediately made his mark in the premier production class, securing two podium finishes in his debut season with second place at Donington Park and third place in the penultimate round in Argentina.

The 22-year-old has developed even more strongly in 2019, securing his first top-three finish of the season at the Italian WorldSBK round in Imola and finishing on the podium at every round since. Razgatlioglu secured his maiden WorldSBK win with a scintillating performance in Race 1 at Magny-Cours, which he started from 16th position on the grid. The young Turk backed that up with victory in the Superpole sprint race the following day.

Eric de Seynes – President, Yamaha Motor Europe

“Toprak Razgatlioglu is the most exciting young rider in WorldSBK and I’m both happy and proud that he will race for Yamaha in 2020. When you consider Toprak’s progression this year, only his second in WorldSBK, his prodigious talent is obvious, but so is his warrior spirit. Like his teammate for next season, Michael van der Mark, he’s a rider who always finds that little bit extra on race day and is prepared to push to the limit to overcome any obstacle. We saw that clearly in Magny-Cours, where he came from the sixth row of the grid to claim his first WorldSBK race win. We have also seen this season that Yamaha has closed the gap to our rivals on track and I’m excited to see what Toprak can do on our Yamaha YZF-R1 in 2020. With Michael and Toprak I think we will have one of the strongest and most dynamic rider line ups on the WorldSBK grid next year.”

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Toprak Razgatlioglu

Source: MCNews.com.au

Rea tops Race 2 from Yamaha duo | Sunday WSBK Report

WorldSBK 2019
Round 11 – Magny Cours

Sunday Superpole Race & Race 2 Report

Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea ensured the 2019 Pirelli French Round will go down in the history books, after Sunday began with Turkey’s first ever winner Razgatlioglu claiming victory in the Superpole Race and culminating with Jonathan Rea winning Race 2 to become the championship’s first ever five-time champion following early misfortune for nearest rival Alvaro Bautista.

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Toprak Razgatlioglu – 2019 WorldSBK Round 11, Magny-Cours

In World Supersport Lucas Mahias took the win, with favourites Randy Krummenacher and Federico Caricasulo both crashing out, with 10-points separating the two crashers at the head of the standings.

Ana Carrasco claimed victory in the World Supersport 300 class, while Manuel González extended his championship lead to claim the 2019 title, becoming the youngest rider to ever do so.

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Manuel González – 2019 WorldSBK Round 11, Magny-Cours

Superpole Race

22-year-old Toprak Razgatlioglu made it two out of two at the Pirelli French Round, clinching a stunning Tissot Superpole Race victory after another battle with Jonathan Rea, who as a result created the mathematical possibility of securing a fifth WorldSBK crown in race two.

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Toprak Razgatlioglu – 2019 WorldSBK Round 11, Magny-Cours

As the lights went out, Michael van der Mark launched into an early lead, slipping up the inside of Jonathan Rea into the first corner. Leon Haslam maintained third with Tom Sykes climbing two places to fourth. Chaz Davies and Toprak Razgatlioglu were both big movers, improving up to eighth and tenth respectively.

The Razgatlioglu roll continued on the second lap, gaining three places in an incredible move on the brakes into the Adelaide hairpin, overhauling Chaz Davies, Alex Lowes and Michael Ruben Rinaldi. In the meantime, Jonathan Rea had managed to wrestle control away from Michael van der Mark, easing up the inside at the Imola chicane.

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Alvaro Bautista – 2019 WorldSBK Round 11, Magny-Cours

Eleven places had been gained in the first two laps, and two more would follow for Razgatlioglu on lap three, as the remarkable prowess of the Turkish rider on the brakes took him past Tom Sykes at the Adelaide hairpin, before Leon Haslam relinquished third three corners later. When Michael van der Mark was overtaken at Adelaide shortly before half distance, the stage was set for a repeat of yesterday’s last lap battle for the lead in race one.

On lap seven, the comeback was complete with the Turkish Puccetti Racing rider storming up the inside of Rea into his favourite overtaking spot, the Adelaide hairpin. The world champion stayed in touch with Razgatlioglu, and even threatened a counter attack on the final lap, but the Ulsterman couldn’t quite get his Kawasaki stopped into turn five, opening the door for Toprak to ease past on the exit and claim his second victory in a row.

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Leon Haslam – 2019 WorldSBK Round 11, Magny-Cours

The fight for the final front row spot in race two went down to the last lap as well with Chaz Davies, who had earlier made light work of Leon Haslam and Tom Sykes, chasing down the Yamaha of Michael van der Mark.

The Dutchman held on for third in the end, with Davies ensuring he will head the second row of the grid this afternoon in fourth. Alvaro Bautista produced a strong recovery to finish fifth, setting similar lap times to the leaders at various points of the race, but the Spaniard must avoid any mistakes in race two to keep Jonathan Rea waiting for the title. Alex Lowes was sixth, and will complete row two on the grid for race two.

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Chaz Davies – 2019 WorldSBK Round 11, Magny-Cours

Loris Baz returned the favour after losing out to Tom Sykes in the latter stages of race one. The Frenchman delighted the home crowd by snatching seventh on the last lap with Leon Haslam falling back to ninth by the chequered flag, the last of the points scorers.

Michael Ruben Rinaldi rode a strong race to tenth as all 20 starters completed the Tissot Superpole Race at Magny Cours. By virtue of his strong performance in Saturday’s Tissot Superpole session, Rinaldi will head the fourth row for race two later this afternoon.

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Toprak Razgatlioglu topped the Superpole Race podium from Rea and Van Der Mark – 2019 WorldSBK Round 11, Magny-Cours

Race 2

Starting from pole position for the first time in WorldSBK, Toprak Razgatlioglu couldn’t make the same lightning start which saw him leap up the order in the two previous races. Rea edged up the inside into Turn 1 to grab the lead but he wouldn’t stay ahead for long, as Michael van der Mark used the slipstream to hit the front at the Adelaide hairpin.

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Jonathan Rea – 2019 WorldSBK Round 11, Magny-Cours

The moment which ultimately proved decisive came on Lap 2 as Razgatlioglu lost the rear of his Kawasaki on the exit of Turn 13. As the Turkish rider fought to control the slide, Alvaro Bautista was powerless to avoid the Race 1 winner and both riders were eliminated on the spot. With the words ‘BAUTISTA OUT’ displayed on his pit-board next time around, Rea now knew that a race victory would see him make history.

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Alvaro Bautista had his hopes dashed after being caught up in Razgatlioglu’s crash – 2019 WorldSBK Round 11, Magny-Cours

Michael van der Mark was keen to ensure that Rea didn’t have an unchallenged run to a fifth WorldSBK crown, keeping the Ulsterman at bay until the Imola chicane on Lap 6. The Dutchman didn’t trail for long with the Yamaha proving a formidable motorcycle down the back straight towards Turn 5, an advantage van der Mark utilised to power past on Lap 8.

As the race ticked over half distance, Rea mounted another attack on the leader with van der Mark going defensive into Adelaide. The championship leader was wise to this tactic though and drew alongside into the following Nurburgring chicane, making the move stick on Lap 13. With van der Mark no longer close enough to make use of the slipstream next time around, Rea had the margin he needed to ease clear.

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Alex Lowes – 2019 WorldSBK Round 11, Magny-Cours

Despite a valiant effort from van der Mark, the advantage grew to over one-second, allowing Rea to close out the final laps and claim his 12th victory of 2019. This one was the sweetest of all though as he completed one of the great WorldSBK comebacks. From 61 points behind, Rea now holds an unassailable 129-point advantage and a place in the history books as the first ever five-time WorldSBK champion.

Alex Lowes completed the team’s first double-podium of the season with a close third, consolidating third in the championship standings, while Chaz Davies, who was heavily delayed in the early collision between his team-mate Alvaro Bautista and Toprak Razgatlioglu, recovered to finish fourth, overtaking home favourite Loris Baz on Lap 14. Despite a late challenge from the Frenchman, he was forced to settle for fifth, completing a positive weekend at his home round as the Top Independent Rider in Race 2.

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Marco Melandri – 2019 WorldSBK Round 11, Magny-Cours

Marco Melandri closed out the final European round of his WorldSBK career with a strong charge from 15th on the grid to sixth, winning a close three-way fight on the last lap. The Italian finished just a tenth of a second clear of Leon Haslam with Tom Sykes right behind the pair in eighth.

Leon Camier capped off an impressive comeback to the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship with ninth place, finishing a second clear of Jordi Torres. Elsewhere, there were points for French wildcard Sylvain Barrier in 13th but disappointment for Sandro Cortese who was forced to retire midway through the race while running in the top ten.

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Jonathan Rea topped the Race 2 podium from van der Mark and Lowes – 2019 WorldSBK Round 11, Magny-Cours
Jonathan Rea – P1

“I can quite believe it. It has been an incredible year so far, and a year I have never given up, I’ve kept believing in myself, believing in my bike, believing in my crew and believing in my effort. After the fourth race, it was so tough to keep turning up when you know that he is going to be so difficult to win, but in the mid-season, we turn things around. I don’t have so many words right now, because I did not expect this today. I had no idea what was going to happen. If I would win today, what was the point situation, but I knew when I got the sign that Bautista was out that I could mathematically have the chance. And I did it! Thanks to all my team, all my family and all the people who have been working with me, Kawasaki, the sponsors, all the people that made this possible. It’s a huge team effort, and I couldn’t be here without them.”

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Jonathan Rea – 2019 WorldSBK Round 11, Magny-Cours
Michael van der Mark – P2

“I tried everything today! We improved the bike a bit in some area but toward the end, we lost quite a lot from Johnny but I really enjoyed this race and we had a nice battle! Of course, I saw that Alvaro was out so I knew Rea wasn’t going to do any crazy thing. I tried to stay with him, I passed him a few times but in the end he was a bit stronger. I want to thank my team because we got another podium.”

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Michael van der Mark – 2019 WorldSBK Round 11, Magny-Cours
Alex Lowes – P3

“I have got a little bit of good luck at the start of the race with the accident that happened in front of me. But after that, I felt strong on the bike and I was able to ride in 1’37 and catch Jonathan and Michael. Unfortunately, I pushed a lot in the middle and when I got there my front tyre was worn out a lot, so I couldn’t fight with van der Mark in the end but I am pleased with the podium and it set us out nicely for the final two fly-aways of the year.”

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Alex Lowes – 2019 WorldSBK Round 11, Magny-Cours
Chaz Davies – P4

“In both races today I finished in fourth place, which in itself is not a bad result, but I feel I could have got a lot more. In race 2 I almost got caught up in the incident between Toprak and Álvaro so took avoiding action by going off the track. Unfortunately, I came off the grass at four seconds back and finished the race with the same gap that I was unable to make up. It was so frustrating not to get the chance to fight for the win, because the pace was there.”

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Chaz Davies – 2019 WorldSBK Round 11, Magny-Cours
Loris Baz – P5

“Every race we close the gap to the race winner, and the same was true this afternoon. I’m much happier than I was yesterday, because yesterday I was not so happy with the bike and how I rode the last laps, but today was much better. This morning was also strong, but we had a technical issue after five laps and I just had to ride the bike to the end, although I still managed to beat Leon and Tom. This afternoon I lost again time at the beginning with Michael Rinaldi and Leon, but once past them I was as quick as the top guys over the remaining 15 or so laps. I’m happy; we didn’t quite make the podium, but we need to remember where we’ve come from and that we’re now up there and fighting with the factory bikes. We’re doing our job and I’m sure we’ll be up there challenging for the podium really soon.”

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Loris Baz – 2019 WorldSBK Round 11, Magny-Cours
Álvaro Bautista – DNF

“Fortunately physically I’m OK after the crash, I’m just a bit disappointed because I think in race 2 I was able to fight for the win. For sure the weekend was tough, it was a new track that I’d never seen before and there was very little time to ride in dry conditions. Yesterday in the first race I managed to improve the feeling with the track and made up a lot of positions, while today in race 2 I made a good start and felt really good with the bike up at the front. Unfortunately, I was involved in Razgatlioglu’s crash at Turn 13 and his mistake caused my retirement. It’s a pity to finish in this way but it’s all part of racing. Congratulations to Jonathan Rea because he had a great season. During the championship Jonathan has always been able to get the best out of every situation, and for sure we didn’t lose the title because of this race.”

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Alvaro Bautista – 2019 WorldSBK Round 11, Magny-Cours

WorldSBK Race 2 Results

Source: MCNews.com.au

Strong Kawasaki Racing Team squad for Suzuka 8 Hour

KRT returns to Suzuka 8Hr in 2019

Over the previous 5 years, ‘Kawasaki Team Green’ (managed by Kawasaki Motors Japan – KMJ), participated in the Suzuka 8 Hour and achieved a 2nd place podium in both 2016 and 2017, followed by a 3rd place podium in 2018.

This year Kawasaki will challenge to win the race with its factory team (‘Kawasaki Racing Team’ – KRT). The team riders will be Jonathan Rea, Leon Haslam, and Toprak Razgatlioglu.

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Leon Haslam #11 – 2018 Suzuka 8 Hour

Jonathan Rea

“I’m very excited to be returning to the Suzuka 8-Hour with Kawasaki. The race itself has a huge place in my heart. After last years’ experience, and being so competitive with Team Green, I am back for more. Last year we had some great speed but also made some mistakes. We will learn from those mistakes and be more prepared than ever. It’s one of the toughest, most exciting, races in the world. Racing in temperatures as hot as 36°C is a true test of man and machine. I love the challenge and can’t wait to spend time with all the Japanese fans.”

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Leon Haslam and Jonathan Rea at the Suzuka 8 Hour in 2018

Leon Haslam

“The Suzuka 8-Hour is a fantastic event and this will be my fourth year now with Kawasaki. We have had some good races in the past, and a memorable one where I rode for five and a half hours out of the eight. Last year, with Jonathan, we were leading the race until we had a small problem. We have been on the podium every year and I feel that we have been making improvements with our package. Hopefully with some good testing under our belts we can make a strong challenge and finally get on that top step of the podium. It is good riding with Johnny as we have very similar set-up requests and we will have to see what the strategy is this year. I am really looking forward to it.”

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Leon Haslam – 2018 Suzuka 8 Hour

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“This is my dream team! I am ready, always, and we will see how it goes. I am a fan of the 8-Hour race but this will be my first time riding. I am so lucky to be in a team with Johnny and Leon; it feels incredible. I have ridden once before in the Japanese Superbike Championship, last year. The Japanese Kawasaki team told me that it was a similar bike to the 8-hour machine, and the main difference should be the endurance style fuel tank. The biggest difference from WorldSBK racing for me will be the Bridgestone tyres. It is like a dream to ride at Suzuka in the 8-Hour because it is an incredible track!”

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Suzuka 8 Hour 2018

Source: MCNews.com.au