Toprak Razgatlioglu Cuts into Championship Lead with Race 1 win in France

September 9, 2023Ray Milton

Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK) cut into Alvaro Bautista’s ( Racing) championship lead with a win in race 1 today at Magny-Cours. the win marked his sixth of the season. Razgatlioglu currently sits 55 points behind Bautista in the championship standings. Baustista got the holeshot but Razgatlioglu passed him on Lap 2 of the race. Unfortunately for Bautista he suffered a mechanical issue with his bike that he was not able to correct until falling all the way to P24 on the grid.

Bautista’s teammate Michael Ruben Rinaldi finished P2 and attempted to make a late challenge for the lead. However, his efforts would be futile and Razgatlioglu defended and held on to the win. Jonathan Rea who had a great weekend in France finished 3rd for his 257th WorldSBK career podium. Rea led the field in FP2 and was able to carry that pace to a podium.

Full Race 1 Results are Below