Toprak Razgatlioglu maintains his FP1 advantage to finish two tenths clear of title rival Jonathan Rea in World Superbike FP2 at Mandalika.

Despite being 1.5 seconds down on Razgatlioglu’s overall best time from FP1, Alex Lowes quickly improved to go within two tenths of the Yamaha rider’s 1:34.985s. 

Jonathan Rea, who lost considerable track time in FP1 due to a technical issue, then went quickest for this session, second overall. 

Lowes then crashed at turn two - the same spot as replacement rider for Loris Cresson, Oliver Konig did this morning. While that was happening, Razgatlioglu went +0.003s down on Rea’s best FP2 time. 

After following each other for a couple of laps, Razgatlioglu dropped back from Rea to then start another push lap, a lap that saw him go fastest, although not quite enough to beat his own time from earlier on. 

However, Razgatlioglu did eventually go on to better his fastest lap of the day on his very next lap. A time of 1:34.815s put him -0.199s clear of Scott Redding who was just the second rider at this stage to set a sub 1m 35s lap. 

After a brief return to pit lane, Razgatlioglu re-joined the track with team-mate Andrea Locatelli in close proximity. The Turkish rider went another fourth tenths faster which helped the Italian move up to second - six tenths behind the series leader. 

Rea managed to split the two Pata Yamaha riders as he went just under two tenths down on Razgatlioglu, but this time it was sector one not four where the Kawasaki rider struggled to match Razgatlioglu.

Impressive efforts from Garrett Gerloff and Leon Haslam saw both riders jump up to third and fourth during the final five minutes. Haslam’s team-mate Alvaro Bautista then pipped the British rider to fourth place courtesy of a lap that was a tenth quicker. 

World Superbike Mandalika, Indonesia - Free Practice Results (2)
1Toprak RazgatliogluTURPATA Yamaha1:34.230s
2Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing Team+0.174s
3Garrett GerloffUSAGRT Yamaha+0.225s
4Alvaro BautistaSPATeam HRC+0.230s
5Scott ReddingGBRAruba.It Ducati+0.349s
6Leon HaslamGBRTeam HRC+0.371s
7Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing Team+0.528s
8Andrea LocatelliITAPATA Yamaha+0.647s
9Michael Van Der MarkNEDMotorrad BMW WorldSBK Team+0.708s
10Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa Ducati+0.724s
11Michael RinaldiITAAruba.It Ducati+0.727s
12Isaac VinalesSPAOrelac Racing Kawasaki+0.742s
13Tom SykesGBRMotorrad BMW WorldSBK Team+1.181s
14Kohta NozaneJPNGRT Yamaha+1.186s
15Chaz DaviesGBRGoEleven Ducati+1.206s
16Leandro MercadoARGMIE Honda Racing+1.361s
17Christophe PonssonFRAGil Yamaha+1.407s
18Tito RabatITAKawasaki Puccetti+1.620s
19Samuele CavalieriSPABarni Ducati+1.706s
20Oliver KonigCZEPedercini Kawasaki+4.692s

Free Practice One

World Superbike championship leader Toprak Razgatlioglu dominated the opening free practice at Mandalika, while Jonathan Rea was only 11th fastest after being limited for track time.

An eager Razgatlioglu made his way past Leon Haslam during the early stages as he set about learning the new Mandalika track. 

Razgatlioglu’s first few laps saw him continuously lead Rea by over a second, while Isaac Vinales enjoyed an early run inside the top three.

Sectors three and four seemed to be where Razgatlioglu was making up most of his time on Rea and indeed the rest of the field during the first part of FP1. 

Oliver Konig, who is replacing the injured Loris Cresson, suffered an early crash in sector three.

Michael Rinaldi and Rea were the first riders to get within a second of Razgatlioglu, with the former +0.637s down on the Pata Yamaha man. 

Razgatlioglu began his second run by going a tenth quicker to once again extend his margin over Rinaldi. The Turkish star hammered home his advantage just two laps later to lead Rinaldi by nine tenths. 

Impressive WorldSBK rookie Axel Bassani went third fastest after back-to-back low 1m 37s laps - 10 minutes to go. Michael Van Der Mark came close to a big crash at turn 15 after the rear tyre came around under braking, but luckily for the BMW rider he was able to stay aboard his BMW M 1000 RR machine. 

A couple of fast laps came in from Alex Lowes late on to put him second, however, the Kawasaki rider was still seven tenths adrift of Razgatlioglu. 

Lowes’ third lap significantly reduced Razgatlioglu’s lead - down to three tenths, while Vinales jumped back into third. 

But just as the gaps seemed to close up, Razgatlioglu once again went over a second clear of the rest. While Razgatlioglu was showing utter dominance around the Indonesian layout, Rea remained in pit lane due to an issue with the rear of his ZX10-RR bike. 

A stunning 1:34.985s from Razgatlioglu then put him over 1.5 seconds clear of Lowes as he was the only rider to break under the 1m 36s barrier. 

Rea eventually got back out on track, however, it was too late to set a flying lap, while third in the championship Scott Redding improved late on to take fourth, behind Razgatlioglu, Lowes and Garrett Gerloff.

BMW rider Tom Sykes made his return to WorldSBK action for the first time since Catalunya after being absent for the last three rounds. This weekend is expected to be Sykes’ last in the championship ahead of a move back to BSB. 

The same situation applies to fellow Brit Haslam who will leave Honda at the end of this weekend’s inaugural race weekend in Mandalika, while 10-year veteran Chaz Davies is also competiting in his final WorldSBK races ahead of retirement.