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Double Dutch Podium for Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK

Toprak Razgatlıoğlu and Andrea Locatelli stepped on to the rostrum collectively after an thrilling show {of professional} race craft in Race 2 on the TT Circuit Assen within the Netherlands right now, to complete a constructive weekend for Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK on the third spherical of the 2023 FIM Superbike World Championship.

It was Razgatlıoğlu’s third podium of the occasion, ending one higher than his Race 1 and Superpole Race third locations, however the important thing distinction was how shut the workforce’s Turkish rider was capable of run to winner Alvaro Bautista (Ducati) within the first half of the ultimate fundamental race. Forcing a transfer by way of the northern loop of the historic circuit within the opening laps netted a short have a look at the lead of the race, nevertheless it was not sufficient to totally upset the dominance of the Spanish rider this weekend.

Teammate Locatelli took one other step ahead once more right now, having fun with a fierce battle with Italian compatriot Axel Bassani (Motocorsa Ducati) in each races. “Loka” was held up within the first a part of the Superpole Race, unable to make a transfer and misplaced out to Bassani within the closing portion of the shortened eight-lap dash. However in Race 2, the 2 went head-to-head as soon as once more and the #55 rider got here out on prime after a spectacular high-speed battle on entry to Assen’s quickest nook. Superior late race tempo from Locatelli and his Yamaha R1 WorldSBK sealed the deal for the rostrum, following an excellent constant weekend of outcomes.

Toprak Razgatlıoğlu – Superpole Race: P3 / Race 2: P2
“I’m actually glad, I journey by way of the primary nook in Race 2 and don’t crash like 2021 and 2022! It is a large enchancment! Additionally, right now, in World Supersport my Turkish associates Can and Bahattin crashed and I’m a bit scared earlier than the race to do the identical! I attempted my finest and end in second place, I’m glad for this however usually I’m all the time attempt to win – this race it was inconceivable however I attempted every thing. Additionally I attempted to assault Alvaro for the lead and anyway, we all know, all people know within the final laps he’s extra sturdy. This monitor could be very quick, I’m not shut sufficient to strive a tough braking cross – it was not straightforward. Second place isn’t dangerous, higher than nothing! Additionally I’m not coming again dwelling with out podiums, so it is a good constructive! We’ll see within the subsequent race. I’m very glad for my teammate Locatelli as effectively, I hope we are able to end extra races on the rostrum collectively.”

Andrea Locatelli – Superpole Race: P5 / Race 2: P3
“I’m actually glad about Race 2, as a result of to consider going dwelling after Assen and not using a podium was a bit unhappy! So I’m actually proud in regards to the job we did right here as a result of we began in troublesome situations and we by no means actually discovered good grip with the rear and it compromised the primary laps a bit bit till I might do my rhythm. We have to perceive a bit extra however we have now one other podium and numerous good factors for the championship, a extremely good consequence and no errors. We have to proceed to work and see what is feasible for the longer term races. I need to say because of the blokes for this weekend, we are able to take pleasure in this second.”

Paul Denning – Staff Principal, Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK
“One other good day ‘on the workplace’! Friday was robust, we improved yesterday and took one other step ahead with each riders right now. So initially, I’ve to say thanks to the efforts of Yamaha and the workforce for reacting so effectively and giving the blokes aggressive packages right now. We will’t actually argue with the outright tempo of Bautista and his bundle at this second, so to attain a double podium in Race 2, retain second and third positions within the championship – and, extra importantly for Yamaha, to complete second, third, fourth and sixth within the final race, reveals that the R1 nonetheless has loads of life in it but! We’ll transfer on to Barcelona – one other difficult monitor for us – and attempt to maximise our efficiency there.”




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