Razgatlıoğlu Doubles Up At Penultimate Round with Superpole Race Win in Argentina
Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK ace Toprak Razgatlıoğlu extended his lead in the 2021 FIM Superbike World Championship battle to 30 points with a spectacular win in the Superpole Race at Circuito San Juan Villicum, in addition to a solid third-place finish in Race 2, at the penultimate round of the season on Sunday.
After dominating Race 1 by more than five seconds on Saturday, Razgatlıoğlu found himself in a three-way tango with Ducati rider Scott Redding and closest championship rival Jonathan Rea for the 10-lap sprint race. In the end, Rea was unable to match the relentless pace set by the former two riders, whose fight went right to the chequered flag with Razgatlıoğlu crossing the line just 0.046s in front of Redding.
The same three riders engaged in an epic scrap for half of Race 2, but the roles were somewhat reversed as Redding was able to escape, leaving Razgatlıoğlu and Rea to scrap it out over the remaining two podium places. With higher winds and changing grip levels, Razgatlıoğlu completed the weekend with a commendable third-place to bank 16 crucial points towards his and the team’s goal of securing the title in Indonesia.
This weekend we were very close to three wins, but you know I say after the Superpole Race – okay this will not be easy for me because I see that everyone has improved and now very fast. I tried my best in the second race and the last three laps, I try, I keep pushing, I am fighting for second position but also Johnny was very fast. I felt some chattering and some grip problem in this race, but I say, third position – we are again on the podium and this is ok. We take good points for the championship and in Indonesia we try again for the win. But, I am really happy this weekend because no crash, no problems, not big mistakes and I am again winning and on the podium – this is important. My team did an incredible job this weekend, working hard for me and now we have Indonesia next. I am focused on the win always, the championship is still changing every weekend and I know Indonesia fans are waiting for us! Say Toprak Razgatlıoğlu.
Everyone, including the Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK team, will have to wait for the final round of the 2021 season to discover who the winner of the championship will be at an all-new circuit in Mandalika, Indonesia, in almost five weeks’ time over the weekend of 19-21 November
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