Mandalika WorldSBK: Toprak Razgatlioglu: “I remembered Marc Marquez in Jerez, I will go to MotoGP with Superbike…” | Superbikes of the world
Razgatlioglu, who clocked a stunning 1:31.371s, then dominated Race 1 at Mandalika, which was enough to keep his faint title hopes alive.
Although it’s a completely different time of year to when Quartararo set his lap times – MotoGP raced the Indonesian circuit at the end of March, add to that a second resurfacing of the circuit since, this is the third time that a new tarmac is set up in All in all, Razgatlioglu’s effort remains arguably one of the best laps a driver has done this season in both series.
In fact, Razgatlioglu’s time was more than a second ahead of Rea, leading to Superpole’s biggest margin for 15 years.
When asked how his lap times compared to those of MotoGP riders, Razgatlioglu had a funny response: “Yeah, maybe I’m third? I’ll go to MotoGP racing with Superbike. Not just for one lap, not possible for many laps.”
His lap time against that of MotoGP riders wasn’t the only mention of Grand Prix racing as Razgatlioglu also recalled what happened to Marc Marquez at Jerez 2020 when discussing his big backslide as he was leading the race.
Speaking in his media debrief, Razgatlioglu added: “A lot of slips! I waited for the fullback to come but then I went wide. Then I remembered Marc Marquez in Jerez with a really big crash.
“Before, at turn six, I hit a dirty line and after I got there I turned off the gas and the bike was sliding. After [some] laps it was a little calmer and I also saw the gap widen.
“There was only one strategy which was to lead and stay in the game. [clean] line. Overtaking is not a problem because some corners I know are good for overtaking but it is better if you ride alone in the front.
“I’m not enjoying this race because I was alone. Tomorrow I think we will fight in the Superpole race.
“In the first laps, I don’t push a lot because I keep the rear tire a bit. In addition, the rhythm is very pleasant. Always 1m33 and sometimes 32s. I am happy.
Halfway through Race 1, it looked like a late charge could come from Alvaro Bautista.
But despite the mistake that brought the championship leader within 1.5 seconds, Razgatlioglu once again asserted his dominance to win by over four seconds.
Riding with a clear advantage over his rivals so far this weekend, Razgatlioglu believes it’s simply down to him improving as a driver.
“I think I am improving because this year the Ducati riders are strong and Alvaro is very strong in every race, but we are improving,” said the Turkish star.
“My bike is not fast on the straights but I am improving the cornering. Now I ride much better. Ducati is very fast on the straights and we are trying to catch up on the corner.”