WorldSBK Most Friday FP Results | Fired up Razgatlioglu fastest as Most debuts

Toprak Razgatlioglu leads the way on Friday as the high-speed Most in the Czech Republic makes its first appearance on the WorldSBK schedule

Toprak Razgatlioglu - Pata Yamaha R1

Toprak Razgatlioglu had the honour of inaugurating the WorldSBK Championship’s first visit to the Most Autodrom as he swept to a dominant top spot by six tenths of a second.

The Turkish rider comes to the Czech venue fired up to regain lost ground in the 2021 WorldSBK title fight after he was dramatically eliminated from action at the start of the second and final race at Assen two weeks ago.

His first DNF of the year, with main rival Jonathan Rea collecting a trio of wins in the Netherlands, Razgatlioglu has slipped 37 points adrift of the Ulsterman.

However, he was in fine form around the high-speed Central European circuit, his fastest time on the Pata Yamaha R1 in FP1 proving head and shoulders above the competition.

He headed up British duo Alex Lowes - fresh from penning a new Kawasaki agreement for the 2022 season - and Ducati’s Scott Redding, while wild-card Marvin Fritz enjoyed a headline-grabbing start to his maiden WorldSBK season with a run to fourth on the YART Yamaha R1.

Andrea Locatelli picked up from where left off with his maiden podium in Assen by going fifth best for Yamaha, ahead of championship leader Jonathan Rea, the Kawasaki man enjoying a relatively modest start to the weekend ahead of Saturday when he will attempt to reel off a sixth consecutive pole position.

Tom Sykes led the BMW charge in seventh, with Alvaro Bautista quickest Honda in eighth; Local rider Karel Hanika on the second of the YART Yamaha wild-cards was ninth best, with Garrett Gerloff rounding out the top ten on the GRT Yamaha before going on to lead the way in the slower rain-affected FP2 session.

Fritz and Hanika are two of four new faces on the 2021 grid this weekend, with Alessandro Delbianco - who competed with Althea Mie Honda in 2019 - returning to the MIE team in place of COVID-19 struck Leandro Mercado, while American racer Jayson Uribe bowed for Pedercini Kawasaki in 23rd.

2021 WorldSBK Most, CZE | Friday Free Practice [FP1 + FP2] RESULTS

2021 WorldSBK Most, CZE | Friday Free Practice [FP1 + FP2] RESULTS | Round 6 / 13
PosRiderNat.WorldSBK TeamSuperbikeTiming
1Toprak RazgatliogluTURPata Yamaha by BRIXXYamaha YZF-R11m 33.022
2Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 33.622
3Scott ReddingGBRAruba Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 33.663
4Marvin FritzAUTIXS-YARTYamaha YZF-R11m 33.809
5Andrea LocatelliITAPata Yamaha by BRIXXYamaha YZF-R11m 33.861
6Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 33.862
7Tom SykesGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M1000RR1m 34.006
8Alvaro BautistaESPTeam HRC HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 34.085
9Karel HanikaCZEIXS-YARTYamaha YZF-R11m 34.142
10Garrett GerloffUSAGRT Yamaha WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R11m 34.155
11Michael van der MarkNEDBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M1000RR1m 34.257
12Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 34.278
13Michael Ruben RinaldiESPAruba Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 34.528
14Leon HaslamGBRTeam HRC HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 34.548
15Jonas FolgerGERBonovo MGM ActionBMW M1000RR1m 34.615
16Tito RabatESPBarni Racing TeamDucati Panigale V4 R1m 35.267
17Chaz DaviesGBRTeam GoElevenDucati Panigale V4 R1m 35.385
18Kohta NozaneJPNGRT Yamaha WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R11m 35.408
19Isaac VinalesESPOrelac Racing VerdNatura KawasakI ZX-10RR1m 35.853
20Christophe PonssonFRAAlstare YamahaYamaha YZF-R11m 36.068
21Alessandro DelbiancoITAMIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 36.077
22Loris CressonBELTPR Team Pedercini RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 37.193
23Jayson UribeUSATPR Team Pedercini RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 39.148