Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha) celebrates after clinching World Superbike Championship title at the Mandalika Circuit in Lombok, November 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Razgatlıoğlu Crowned WSBK World Champion in Brand New Mandalika Circuit

BY :YUDHA BASKORO, HERU ANDRIYANTO

NOVEMBER 22, 2021

Lombok. Toprak Razgatlıoğlu made history on Sunday by becoming the first Turkish rider to win the World Superbike Championship while Indonesia's brand new circuit in the resort island of Lombok also reached a milestone with its successful major grand prix debut.

With the number of weekend races cut to two from normally three due to heavy rain, the Pata Yamaha rider needed to finish second in Race 1 to clinch the title without having to wait for Race 2. He simply followed the textbook to ensure a treble for Yamaha, which also won the team and constructor championships.

“Today wasn’t an easy race for me, all I could do was try my best and we are champions. This hasn’t been easy, because many races and many moments, sometimes we’ve crashed or had a problem, but now we are here,” he said in an emotional post-race interview.

The Turkish star becomes the third-youngest world champion of all time at 25 years, 1 month and 5 days, behind James Toseland and Troy Corser. 

He dethroned Kawasaki's Jonathan Rea who was seeking a seventh consecutive title.

Despite winning both races in Mandalika, Rea must settle for a runner-up but the Briton couldn't say that he was happy.

“Of course I'm disappointed because I've lost one more opportunity,” he said of the race reduction.

“But it is what it is. The championship wasn't lost here in Mandalika because I've lost my championship in the middle of this season with a lot of errors and mistakes, so yeah no regret.”

Today’s victory means that he has now won at 21 different circuits – another world record.

The Mandalika International Circuit was built in just 14 months but now it proves that it can handle both dry and wet races. 

With some critical notes for sure.

“In the afternoon when we started in the wet conditions, there was standing water in some places. You have to be careful especially in Turn 5 and Turn 6 which are a little bit tricky. Turn 9 was very critical because there was a lot of water inside the kerb. So I just tried to end position in the box, not in hospital,” Honda veteran rider Alvaro Bautista said of the rain-hit Race 2.

“The good thing is that we can race in front of all Indonesian fans because there is a lot of support from the people here for motorcycle. I'm also really happy about the layout of the track – it's really enjoyable. We look forward to keeping it for next year in the calendar,” said the Spanish rider, who has been confirmed of moving to Ducati right after the Indonesian round.

Jonathan Rea inspects the wet track before the Race 1 during 2021 Pirelli Indonesian Round - World SBK Championship at Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on November 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Jonathan Rea inspects the track before the first race of the World Superbike Championship at the Mandalika International Street Circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, November 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Toprak sits in his bike at the starting grid during 2021 Pirelli Indonesian Round - World SBK Championship at Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on November 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Toprak Razgatlıoğlu waits for the race at the Mandalika International Street Circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on November 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
WorldSBK riders are in action during 2021 Pirelli Indonesian Round - World SBK Championship at Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on November 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A pack of Superbike riders race against each other at the Mandalika International Street Circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on November 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Jonathan Rea is in action during 2021 Pirelli Indonesian Round - World SBK Championship at Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on November 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Jonathan Rea on his Kawasaki during a race at the Mandalika International Street Circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on November 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Toprak is in action during 2021 Pirelli Indonesian Round - World SBK Championship at Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on November 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Toprak Razgatlıoğlu races on his Yamaha R1 at the Mandalika International Street Circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on November 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Toprak, Jonathan Rea dan Scott Redding are in action during 2021 Pirelli Indonesian Round - World SBK Championship at Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on November 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The usual three-way battle of Toprak Razgatlıoğlu, Jonathan Rea and Scott Redding at the Mandalika International Street Circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, November 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Toprak and Jonathan Rea head to head race to the podium during 2021 Pirelli Indonesian Round - World SBK Championship at Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on November 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Toprak Razgatlıoğlu, left, and Jonathan Rea battle for the first position at the Mandalika International Street Circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on November 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Jonathan Rea smiles as he hugs Toprak during 2021 Pirelli Indonesian Round - World SBK Championship at Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on November 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Great sportsmanship: defending world champion Jonathan Rea welcomes new champion Toprak Razgatlıoğlu after Race 1 of the World Superbike Championship at the Mandalika International Street Circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on November 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Toprak and his team celebrate their world champion victory during 2021 Pirelli Indonesian Round - World SBK Championship at Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on November 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Newly-crowned world champion Toprak Razgatlıoğlu celebrates with his Pata Yamaha team at the Mandalika International Street Circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on November 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Jupiter Aerobatic Team from Indonesian Air Force fly above the Mandalika Circuit during 2021 Pirelli Indonesian Round - World SBK Championship at Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on November 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The Jupiter Aerobatic Team of the Indonesian Air Force perform above the Mandalika International Circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on November 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Scott Redding carries an umbrella as heavy rain comes during 2021 Pirelli Indonesian Round - World SBK Championship at Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on November 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Ducati rider Scott Redding walks to the paddock as heavy rain forces Race 2 to be postponed at the Mandalika International Street Circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on November 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Jonathan Rea is seen inside his paddock during 2021 Pirelli Indonesian Round - World SBK Championship at Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on November 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Jonathan Rea waits in his garage after Race 2 is postponed due to heavy rain at the Mandalika International Street Circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on November 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Jonathan Rea sits in his bike at the starting grid during 2021 Pirelli Indonesian Round - World SBK Championship at Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on November 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Jonathan Rea sits on his Kawasaki waiting for Race 2 to resume. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
WorldSBK riders are in action during 2021 Pirelli Indonesian Round - World SBK Championship at Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on November 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
WorldSBK riders brave the rain in Race 2 at the Mandalika International Street Circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on November 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Jonathan Rea is in action during 2021 Pirelli Indonesian Round - World SBK Championship at Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on November 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Jonathan Rea makes a turn as race marshals look on at the Mandalika International Street Circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on November 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Audiences stay under the heavy rain during 2021 Pirelli Indonesian Round - World SBK Championship at Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on November 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Local fans stay put under the heavy rain during the World Superbike Championship round at the Mandalika International Street Circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on November 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Jonathan Rea battled for the first place in Race 2 during 2021 Pirelli Indonesian Round - World SBK Championship at Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on November 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Front group riders take on a wet turn at the Mandalika International Street Circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on November 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Jonathan Rea shows a wet race masterclass during 2021 Pirelli Indonesian Round - World SBK Championship at Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on November 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Jonathan Rea extends his lead during a wet race at the Mandalika International Street Circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on November 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Jonathan Rea celebrates his doubled victory during 2021 Pirelli Indonesian Round - World SBK Championship at Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on November 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Jonathan Rea does a wheelie as he wins the second race at the Mandalika International Street Circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on November 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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