WorldSBK Mandalika FP Results | First blood to Razgatlioglu as finale kicks off

Toprak Razgatlioglu sets a fierce pace in first free practice for the final round WorldSBK title showdown at the new Mandalika Circuit

Toprak Razgatlioglu - Pata Yamaha

Toprak Razgatlioglu’s quest to seal his first WorldSBK Championship title got off to the best possible start as he topped the timesheets in Friday free practice ahead of the 2021 season finale at the new Mandalika Circuit.

The Turk comes into the concluding three races of the season armed with a 30 point advantage over Jonathan Rea, who by contrast faces an uphill task to reel off an unprecedented seventh consecutive WorldSBK title this weekend.

The series’ first visit to the brand-new Mandalika Circuit on the Indonesian island of Lombok, the unfamiliar surroundings did little to check the stride of the in-form Razgatlioglu, who was in fine form out of the blocks in FP1 with a time some 1.6secs faster than anyone else.

Though the field bunched back up again for the faster FP2 session, it was still the Turk on top aboard the Pata Yamaha, stopping the clock at 1m 34.230secs.

Having missed out on track time in FP1 with issues, Rea bounced back in FP2 to run Razgatlioglu closest, though he’d still be 0.2secs shy of his key rival at the end of day one.

Garret Gerloff led the independent contingent with a strong run to third quickest on the GRT Yamaha, while Honda enjoyed arguably its best Friday of the season with Alvaro Bautista and Leon Haslam - in their swansong for the team this weekend - fourth and sixth best.

Scott Redding split the pair in fifth position as the highest-placed Ducati rider, with Alex Lowes, Andrea Locatelli, Michael van der Mark and Axel Bassani completing the top ten. 

His final race outing before heading into retirement, Chaz Davies was 15th quickest on the Go Eleven Ducati, while Tom Sykes was back on track for BMW in what will be his final outing with both the team and - for the time being - in WorldSBK. 

The 2013 WorldSBK Champion was 13th fastest but did suffer a crash, as did Lowes and debutant Oliver Konig, the Czech youngster stepping up from WorldSSP 300 for Pedercini Kawasaki.

2021 WorldSBK Indonesia | Mandalika Circuit | Friday Free Practice RESULTS

2021 WorldSBK Indonesia | Mandalika Circuit | Friday Free Practice RESULTS | Round 13 / 13
PosRiderNat.WorldSBK TeamSuperbikeTiming
1Toprak RazgatliogluTURPata Yamaha by BRIXXYamaha YZF-R11m 34.230
2Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 34.404
3Garrett GerloffUSAGRT Yamaha WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R11m 34.455
4Alvaro BautistaESPTeam HRC HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 34.460
5Scott ReddingGBRAruba Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 34.579
6Leon HaslamGBRTeam HRC HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 34.601
7Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 34.758
8Andrea LocatelliITAPata Yamaha by BRIXXYamaha YZF-R11m 34.877
9Michael van der MarkNEDBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M1000RR1m 34.938
10Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 34.954
11Michael Ruben RinaldiITAAruba Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 34.957
12Isaac VinalesESPOrelac VerdNatura RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 34.972
13Tom SykesGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M1000RR1m 35.411
14Kohta NozaneJPNGRT Yamaha WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R11m 35.416
15Chaz DaviesGBRTeam GoElevenDucati Panigale V4 R1m 35.436
16Leandro MercadoESPMIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 35.591
17Christophe PonssonFRAGil MotorsportYamaha YZF-R11m 35.637
18Tito RabatESPKawasaki Puccetti RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 35.850
19Samuele CavalieriESPBarni Racing TeamDucati Panigale V4 R1m 35.936
19Oliver KonigCZETPR Team Pedercini RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 38.922