WorldSBK: Toprak Razgatlioglu tops the final day of testing at Portimao

Published on January 30, 2024
By Luke Newman

The second day of testing for the World Superbike riders at Portimao has come to an end, and it was Toprak Razgatlioglu who leaves the track the fastest.

The World Superbike riders have taken part in four days of preseason testing in the last two weeks. There have been two days at Jerez and today was the second and final day of testing at Portimao.

Throughout the preseason testing one rider has stolen the headlines, that rider has been the WorldSBK rookie, Nicolo Bulega. The young Italian topped the two days at Jerez and then the opening day at Portimao. However, for the second day at Portimao there was a different name on top.


Toprak Razgatlioglu ends the day with his name back on top of the timing screen, the Turkish rider took his BMW to the top of the time sheets at Portimao on the final day of testing before the teams jet off to Australia for Phillip Island. Throughout this test Razgatlioglu had been testing a new swingarm, updated engine specs, revised aero packages and ever-improving electronics.

Michael van der Mark impressed yesterday and then continued his testing form today as he ended the day in fifth place. With Bonovo Action BMW riders, Garrett Gerloff and Scott Redding, just inside the top ten as they finished tenth and ninth.

The BMW testing team were back on track again with Bradley Smith and Sylvain Guintoli. The test riders finished the day in 22nd and 21st respectively.


Nicolo Bulega may have topped three of the four days of WorldSBK preseason testing so far, but the rookie should not be disappointed with a second place on the final day of the Portimao Test. However, the reigning Champion and fellow Ducati rider has not set the world on fire so far this preseason as he ends the Portimao Test in 15th.

One satellite Ducati rider featured inside the top ten as Danilo Petrucci found himself in the top half of the order. Petrux ended the day in eighth place and the WorldSBK rookie Sam Lowes was just outside the top ten as he ended the day in 11th.

Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Andrea Iannone found themselves down towards Bautista on the timing sheets today as they finished 14th and 16th.


Alex Lowes cracked the top three today as he finished third, getting back to the heights he reached at the start of the Jerez Test. The British rider has adapted to being the lead rider in the Kawasaki camp.

Axel Bassani was just outside of the top ten. However, he made improvements on his performance yesterday. The Italian finished the Portimao Test in 12th place. The lone satellite Kawasaki of Tito Rabat finished in 18th place.


Yamaha were the fourth manufacturer inside the top four as Remy Gardner finished the Portimao Test as the top Yamaha rider, and is establishing himself as one to watch at Phillip Island. Andrea Locatelli was just outside the top five as he finished the day in sixth place.

The two British Yamaha riders of Jonathan Rea and Bradley Ray had two very different days. The WorldSBK veteran of Rea finished in seventh place and Ray finished his second day of 2024 preseason testing in 19th place.

Philipp Oettl impressed in Jerez but has been towards the bottom end of time sheets at Portimao as he ends the test in 20th place.


It looked like Honda had made progress yesterday, but it looked like it was the same old Team HRC today. Xavi Vierge was just inside the top 15 as he finished in 13th place. The Iker Lecuona struggled once again as he finished 17th overall today.

The MIE Petronas Honda squad were active at the test today, but did not field competitive lap times. Tarran Mackenzie finished 23rd and Adam Norrodin was dead last in 24th place, over six seconds slower than Razgatlioglu.

Full results from Day Two of the WorldSBK Portimao Test:

2024 World Superbike Test Portimao, Portugal – Day-Two Results
PosRiderNatTeamMotorcycleLap Time
1Toprak RazgatliogluTURROKIT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK TeamBMW M 1000 RR1m 39.189
2Nicolo BulegaITAAruba.It Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 39.275
3Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing Team WorldSBKKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 39.521
4Remy GardnerAUSGYTR GRT YamahaYamaha R11m 39.566
5Michael van der MarkNEDBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR1m 39.617
6Andrea LocatelliITAPata Crescent RacingYamaha R11m 39.658
7Jonathan ReaGBRPata Crescent RacingYamaha R11m 39.685
8Danilo PetrucciITABarni Spark Racing TeamDucati Panigale V4 R1m 39.956
9Scott ReddingGBRBonovo Action BMWBMW M 1000 RR1m 40.135
10Garrett GerloffUSABonovo Action BMWBMW M 1000 RR1m 40.136
11Sam LowesGBRMarc VDS DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 40.280
12Axel BassaniITAKawasaki Racing Team WorldSBKKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 40.362
13Xavi ViergeESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 40.450
14Michael Ruben RinaldiITAMotocorsa DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 40.465
15Alvaro BautistaESPAruba.It Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 40.645
16Andrea IannoneITAGoEleven DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 40.654
17Iker LecuonaESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 40.661
18Tito RabatESPPuccetti KawasakiKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 40.709
19Bradley RayGBRYamaha Motoxracing WorldSBK TeamYamaha R11m 40.852
20Philipp OettlGERGMT 94 YamahaYamaha R11m 41.160
21Sylvain GuintoliFRAROKIT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK TeamBMW M 1000 RR1m 41.476
22Bradley SmithGBRROKIT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK TeamBMW M 1000 RR1m 41.718
23Tarran MackenzieGBRMIE Petronas HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 43.660
24Adam NorrodinMALMIE Petronas HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 45.412

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