WorldSBK Estoril | Razgatlioglu picks up where he left off in Portugal

Toprak Razgatlioglu continues where he left off from Estoril last year by topping the timesheets on day one of free practice for round two of WorldSBK 2021

Toprak Razgatlioglu - Pata Yamaha

Toprak Razgatlioglu continued his strong form around the Estoril circuit by topping free practice just a few months after concluding the 2020 WorldSBK season with two wins there.

With the  Portuguese venue hosting the final round of last year’s championship, the Turkish rider was in imperious form to claim two wins, assuring him of fourth in the overall standings.

This weekend it will set the scene for round two of the 2021 WorldSBK season, but Razgatlioglu quickly showed why he will be the rider to beat again on the Yamaha by setting his best time of the day in FP1 with a 1m 37.284.

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Ducati duo Scott Redding and Michael Ruben Rinaldi made improvements in FP2 to end the day second and third, the latter no doubt hoping to perform better than at Aragon when he proved well off the pace on his debut in factory colours.

Garrett Gerloff was fourth fastest on the GRT Yamaha, with early championship leader Jonathan Rea leading Kawasaki team-mate Alex Lowes in fifth and sixth respectively. BMW trio Tom Sykes - despite a crash - Eugene Laverty and Jonas Folger filled positions seven, eight and nine, with factory Yamaha rookie Andrea Locatelli rounding out the top ten.

Following a disrupted BMW debut in Aragon, Michael van der Mark’s issues continued into Estoril as he was forced to miss FP1 entirely, while Alvaro Bautista’s destructive reputation showed no sign of abating as he dropped the Honda three times over the course of the day. 

Meanwhile, Kohta Nozane has been taken to the medical centre after a fierce final corner high side brought out the red flags with two minutes of FP2 to go.

2021 WorldSBK Estoril - Friday Free Practice Results

WorldSBK Estoril | Friday Free Practice [FP1/2 Combined | Round 2 / 13
PosRiderNat.WorldSBK TeamSuperbikeTiming
1Toprak RazgatliogluTURPata Yamaha by BRIXXYamaha YZF-R11m 37.284
2Scott ReddingESPAruba Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 37.334
2Michael Ruben RinaldiESPAruba Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 37.815
4Garrett GerloffESPGRT Yamaha WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R11m 37.828
5Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 37.831
6Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 37.836
7Tom SykesGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M1000RR1m 38.039
8Eugene LavertyIRLRC Squadra CorseBMW M1000RR1m 38.123
9Jonas FolgerGERBonovo MGM ActionBMW M1000RR1m 38.140
10Andrea LocatelliITAPata Yamaha by BRIXXYamaha YZF-R11m 38.254
11Michael van der MarkNEDBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M1000RR1m 38.293
12Leon HaslamESPTeam HRC HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 38.427
13Alvaro BautistaESPTeam HRC HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 38.469
14Lucas MahiasESPKawasaki Puccetti RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 38.483
15Chaz DaviesGBRTeam GoElevenDucati Panigale V4 R1m 38.644
16Tito RabatESPBarni Racing TeamDucati Panigale V4 R1m 38.710
17Axel BassaniESPMotocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 38.718
18Kohta NozaneESPGRT Yamaha WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R11m 39.036
19Isaac VinalesESPOrelac Racing VerdNatura KawasakI ZX-10RR1m 39.237
20Christophe PonssonESPAlstare YamahaYamaha YZF-R11m 39.723
21Samuele CavalieriESPTPR Team Pedercini RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 40.878
22Loris CressonESPTPR Team Pedercini RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 41.205