WorldSBK: Toprak Razgatliolu takes his first victory for BMW in dramatic style

Published on March 23, 2024
By Luke Newman

After only four races for the German manufacturer Toprak Razgatlioglu finds his way to the top step of the podium in Barcelona.

Before the start of the race the reigning World Champion, Alvaro Bautista, got pushed back down the grid from 11th to 14th after receiving a penalty. However, it was the 2021 World Champion of Toprak Razgatlioglu on pole with Nicolo Bulega and Andrea Iannone on the front row.

After starting from pole many people had written off Razgatlioglu but the Turkish rider proved everyone wrong as he converted his pole position to a race win. This is Razgatlioglu’s 40th win in WorldSBK and his first in BMW white after making the so called ‘career ending’ switching from Yamaha to BMW.

Ducati claimed a 1-2 finish behind the Turkish rider with Bulega losing out on victory on the final lap and settling for second place. However, arguably the most impressive ride of the day was Bautista finding his way from 14th on the grid all the way up to third place in the opening race of the weekend.

Just off the podium was fellow Ducati rider and soon to be WorldSBK superstar, Iannone. The Italian rider had looked strong all weekend but could not convert his front row start to a podium as he finished fourth.

Another Andrea finished in fifth place as Yamaha’s Andrea Locatelli continues his consistent start to the 2024 season. The WorldSBK Championship leader heading into this race and former Yamaha rider Alex Lowes finished in sixth place.

Danilo Petrucci finished down in seventh place, with Dominique Aegerter behind him in seventh. Joining Petrucci and Aegerter in their fight was Michael van der Mark who had been challenging for a podium.

Rounding out the podium was Axel Bassani who had not been towards the top of the time sheets but once the flag dropped made his way up the order.

There were no other British riders in the points as Tarran Mackenzie finished 16th, Scott Redding finished 17th and Bradley Ray finished 18th. With Jonathan Rea retiring after the first lap and Sam Lowes crashing out of the lead of the race early on.


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