Barcelona WorldSBK test: Razgatlioglu brushes off ‘big crash’

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Reigning WorldSBK king Toprak Razgatlioglu brushed off a ‘big crash’ on day two of the Barcelona WorldSBK test which saw him end the session in hospital.

The Pata Yamaha rider got spat over the highside at turn five and after a trip to the medical centre, the Turk was taken to the local hospital to have an elbow would attended to.

On the first day, Razgatlioglu completed 79 laps and ran for 43 laps on day two before the crash, finishing the test eight-tenths down on fastest man Jonathan Rea. Team-mate Andrea Locatelli finished his 1.5-day test after 74 laps on the first day and 56 laps through to 2pm, making positive improvements on his lap time.

“Out of Turn 5, I shifted to second gear and had a big highside, but anyway I am OK. My elbow has some big damage but it’s OK, not a problem to ride the bike,” he said.

“It’s not broken, so this is good and we will be able to race at Magny-Cours. I think for one week, I keep it in the bandage like now and it should be a fast recovery. In 2020, I did the same on the right side during the save at Jerez, but the next week, I rode because we had a race in Portimao, so it’s not a problem.

“Normally, we wouldn’t come to this test but after Most, I pushed the team to come to this test because five weeks is a long break and I need to ride the bike. We didn’t have many SCX or SCQ tyres, we just used the SCX and the other rear race tyres.

“We have a good set-up for this track as it’s a bit difficult for Yamaha. We worked for rear grip, and we improve it a little bit; we are not further up as we didn’t use the SCQ tyre. I’m not looking at lap times; OK, we are not fast, and this is not good for me, but I’ll be working for the weekend here.”