(Motorinformed.com) – Yamaha works driver Toprak Razgatlioglu secured the fastest time at the start of the World Superbike training session in Mandalika (Indonesia) (to the FT1 result). The World Championship leader showed a dominant performance in FT1 and led the standings from the beginning to the end of the session with a sometimes large lead. In the end, there was 1.544 seconds between Razgatlioglu and his pursuers.
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Toprak Razgatlioglu fully attacked at the start of training
FT1 could not start as planned at 11:00 a.m. local time. The start of the session was postponed by 50 minutes because there was a delay in the training of the Asia Talent Cup.
The 20 WSBK pilots already encountered extreme conditions in the morning training. The asphalt had warmed up to 62 ° C, the air temperature was 35 ° C.
Wheelies and stoppies in the first flying lap
World Championship leader Toprak Razgatlioglu started the first training session on the completely new course for the drivers with plenty of momentum. Already on his first flying lap, the Turk went to work spectacularly as usual, while his opponents started the first training session much more calmly. Razgatlioglu was the leader in the ranking right from the start.
WSBK debutant Oliver König was the first fall victim of the FT1. The Kawasaki rider crashed on Turn 3. The Czech’s machine was slightly damaged. In the season finale, Oliver König drives for Pedercini regular driver Loris Cresson, who is out due to injury.
Big gap between Razgatlioglu and his pursuers
After the first quarter of an hour, Toprak Razgatlioglu led the ranking with a lap of 1: 36.543. Ducati rider Michael Ruben Rinaldi was already more than six tenths of a second behind in second. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki) was in third position, over eight tenths of a second behind.
Toprak Razgatlioglu extended his lead further and reduced the best time to 1: 36.260 minutes before the start of the final 15 minutes. At this point, the Yamaha rider was about a second faster than his pursuers.
Times tumbled in the final five minutes. Toprak Razgatlioglu improved his time again and lapped the course in 1: 35.407 seconds. One lap later, the Turk drove the first 1:34 lap of the weekend. The clock stopped at 1: 34.985 minutes.
Yamaha, Kawasaki and Ducati in the top 5
There was a gap of more than 1.5 seconds for second place. Kawasaki rider Alex Lowes finished the FT1 in second position. Yamaha rider Garrett Gerloff followed in third place. Scott Redding (Ducati) and Isaac Vinales (Orelac-Kawasaki) completed the top 5.
Kawasaki rider Alex Lowes was Zoom’s first pursuer on Friday morning
Honda rider Alvaro Bautista finished the FT1 in sixth position, but was already more than two seconds behind. Michael van der Mark was the best BMW driver in eighth place and lined up behind Axel Bassani (Motocorsa-Ducati). Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Andrea Locatelli (Yamaha) completed the top 10.
World champion Jonathan Rea only ended up in eleventh position. The defending champion had to watch the final minutes from the Kawasaki box because there was a problem with the number 1 ZX-10RR. The mechanics were working on the rear wheel. Obviously there was a problem with the rear brake.
WSBK’s FT2 in Indonesia will start at 8:00 a.m. (CET).