Turkish Pata rider shows early pace as FP1 in Portimao finishes with a Yamaha 1-2.
There was no rest on the horizon for WSBK paddock, as only 5 days after the last race weekend ended in Jerez, a new one started in Portugal, with the picturesque Portimao hosting the fastest production-based racing series.
It was Turkish rider Toprak Razgatlioglu who started the weekend fastest, courtesy of his 1:42.103 lap time, comfortably beating his teammate Michael van der Mark, while reigning world champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki) finished the opening session in the third position.
Michael Ruben Rinaldi continued fine form showed already in Jerez by being the top Ducati rider in fourth position, narrowly beating Ten Kate Yamaha rider Loris Baz, who concluded the session in fifth, making three Yamaha’s in top 5 positions. Current championship leader Scott Redding ended the first session in sixth, being the last rider to finish inside one second from the leader, in what is his racing debut on the track.
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