Following his treble win at Donington Park final month, Yamaha rider Razgatlioglu boosted his title defence hopes additional with two wins in final weekend’s Most spherical, closing in on title rivals Alvaro Bautista and Jonathan Rea.
Nonetheless, that momentum dangers ebbing away amid a protracted wait till the following spherical at Magny-Cours on September 10-11, which kicks off a run of six extra race weekends to shut out the season.
Requested if the break got here at a foul time contemplating his run of six wins within the final eight races, Razgatlioglu admitted he isn’t a fan of getting such a big pause in the course of the calendar.
“We now have an excessive amount of of a break,” he mentioned. “I believe it is higher [like] after Donington we come right here; one week free, the opposite week race once more.
“After 5 weeks, I do not know. We’re riders, we have to experience. I like this job and I believe it’s higher to have a one-week break, then race. I don’t like these lengthy breaks.”
Nonetheless, Razgatlioglu will keep occupied in the course of the summer time break with a take a look at at Barcelona in mid-August and an illustration run with Yamaha on the Cadwell Park British Superbike spherical.
Double win tightens championship combat
Razgatlioglu has now greater than halved the factors deficit he confronted to Bautista following June’s Misano spherical, having closed to inside 38 factors of the Spaniard along with his newest pair of victories.
He’s additionally simply seven factors shy of Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea within the battle for second within the standings.
Reflecting on Sunday’s closing full-distance race, Razgatlioglu credited set-up modifications that allowed him to protect his rear SC0 Pirelli tyre for longer than he had managed in Saturday’s opening race.
“We improved because of the workforce, we made a step,” mentioned Razgatlioglu. “[I said] I wanted rear grip after 15 laps.
“Within the first laps I attempted to go, however after I adopted Johnny and Bautista as a result of I wanted to maintain the tyre for the final laps. I noticed Bautista go [in the lead] so I handed Johnny, and after I handed Bautista I may experience extra relaxed. I noticed on my pitboard the hole and I can save the tyre.
“I felt the grip after 15 laps. I used to be nonetheless spinning [the rear tyre], however higher than yesterday. After I did the [1m]31.7s I felt good motivation, it was an excellent laptime after 15 laps.”
Razgatlioglu additionally offered his perspective in a fierce battle towards Rea for Superpole race honours on Sunday morning, as Rea took to the gravel in his bid to go the Turkish rider on the ultimate lap.
“After 5 laps I had an enormous drop on the rear tyre, and Johnny is coming, so we began to combat once more,” mirrored Razgatlioglu. “I noticed Johnny had higher rear grip than me, and on the final lap at Flip 15 he was stronger than me.
“I attempted [positioning myself] within the center [of the track] for braking, he was additionally attempting to go as a result of it was his solely likelihood to go me. I attempted opening my leg… and he went large. Johnny nonetheless completed the race. That is a part of racing, on the final lap everyone seems to be combating for the perfect place.
“For me it was an excellent weekend, two wins and one second place, good motivation for the lengthy break and we’ll see what occurs at Magny-Cours.”