Portimao WorldSBK January Test Monday Times: Razgatlioglu Beats Redding

Toprak Razgatliogu ends the Portimao WorldSBK test as fastest, the Pata Yamaha rider a fraction faster on Monday than yesterday's fastest rider Scott Redding on the Aruba.it Panigale V4R. Loris Baz was third quickest on the Ten Kate Yamaha R1, over four tenths faster than Michael van der Mark on the second Pata Yamaha rider.

Chaz Davies was fifth quickest, eight tenths off the time of Razgatlioglu, and seven tenths slower than his Ducati teammate Redding. Leon Haslam was the first Honda rider, just a bit off the time of Davies, and nearly two seconds quicker than teammate Alvaro Bautista. Tom Sykes was the first of the BMW riders, a couple of tenths faster than teammate Eugene Laverty. American rookie Garrett Gerloff made a solid debut at Portimao, ending his first test at the difficult Portuguese track just behind his GRT Yamaha teammate Federico Caricasulo.

The absence of the Kawasaki team makes it difficult to judge the pace of the riders at this test, with reigning champion Jonathan Rea elsewhere. But Razgatlioglu's time is comparable to the time set by Rea at the test here last year.

In the WorldSSP class, Jules Cluzel led a Yamaha clean sweep, finishing ahead of Andrea Locatelli and Steven Odendaal. Lucas Mahias was the only Kawasaki to break Yamaha's hegemony, putting himself into fourth spot ahead of Corentin Perolari. Moto2 refugee Philipp Oettl ended the test in sixth.

There is one more test for the WorldSBK paddock: in Australia, ahead of the season opener at Phillip Island. But that test is always less instructive, as Phillip Island is still fundamentally a rider's track. Bikes don't matter quite as much there.

WorldSBK Times

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 54 Toprak Razgatlioglu Yamaha YZF R1 1:40.804    
2 45 Scott Redding Ducati Panigale V4R 1:40.883 0.079 0.079
3 76 Loris Baz Yamaha YZF R1 1:40.994 0.190 0.111
4 60 Michael van der Mark Yamaha YZF R1 1:41.426 0.622 0.432
5 7 Chaz Davies Ducati Panigale V4R 1:41.599 0.795 0.173
6 91 Leon Haslam Honda CBR1000RR-R 1:41.655 0.851 0.056
7 66 Tom Sykes BMW S1000RR 1:41.786 0.982 0.131
8 50 Eugene Laverty BMW S1000RR 1:41.990 1.186 0.204
9 64 Federico Caricasulo Yamaha YZF R1 1:42.030 1.226 0.040
10 31 Garrett Gerloff Yamaha YZF R1 1:42.045 1.241 0.015
11 21 Michael Ruben Rinaldi Ducati Panigale V4R 1:42.309 1.505 0.264
12 38 Leandro Mercado Ducati Panigale V4R 1:42.462 1.658 0.153
13 12 Xavi Fores Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1:42.802 1.998 0.340
14 20 Sylvain Barrier Ducati Panigale V4R 1:43.458 2.654 0.656
15 23 Christophe Ponsson Aprilia RSV4 RF 1:43.480 2.676 0.022
16 19 Alvaro Bautista Honda CBR1000RR-R 1:43.559 2.755 0.079
17 11 Sandro Cortese Ducati Panigale V4R 1:43.804 3.000 0.245

WorldSSP Times

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 16 Jules Cluzel Yamaha YZF R6 1:44.385    
2 55 Andrea Locatelli Yamaha YZF R6 1:44.660 0.275 0.275
3 4 Steven Odendaal Yamaha YZF R6 1:44.784 0.399 0.124
4 44 Lucas Mahias Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:44.849 0.464 0.065
5 94 Corentin Perolari Yamaha YZF R6 1:45.633 1.248 0.784
6   Philipp Oettl Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:45.872 1.487 0.239
7 78 Hikari Okubo Honda CBR600RR 1:45.893 1.508 0.021
8 61 Can Oncu Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:46.326 1.941 0.433
9 99 Danny Webb Yamaha YZF R6 1:47.073 2.688 0.747
10 74 Jamie van Sikkelerus Yamaha YZF R6 1:47.383 2.998 0.310
11 52 Patrick Hobelsberger Honda CBR600RR 1:47.549 3.164 0.166
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Is playing himself in nicely, well done! I'm a Brit but good to see Moto America might be starting to produce riders that can progress. Also expecting more from the BMWs and hoping Leon Camier can ride fit as soon as possible, a talent not fully realised methinks.