Portimao WorldSBK: Toprak Razgatlioglu in no mood to celebrate, ‘waiting for good news’ over Victor Steeman | Superbikes of the world

Steeman suffered a big accident in Saturday’s WorldSSP300 race and was therefore taken to hospital in Faro after medical checks confirmed polytrauma and a head injury for the young Dutchman. After a long delay of over an hour, the first WorldSBK race of the weekend kicked off with a revised lap count of 14 instead of the originally scheduled 20.

Winner of the first race a year ago at Portimao, Razgatlioglu took his second victory in as many seasons on the Algarve International Circuit after getting the better of Jonathan Rea after their first battle.

Speaking to WorldSBK reporters in the parc fermé, Razgatlioglu said: “First of all I say this weekend we started very strong and we are there. [podium] Again! Thank you to my team because they did a very good job.

“But today I’m not really happy because the 300 Steeman rider had a big crash today and we’re waiting for some good news.

“We’re here and it’s good because we take good points for the championship. We’ll see [what happens] tomorrow.”

Alvaro Bautista felt Portimao’s WorldSBK victory was possible without shortening the race

Traditionally a driver who gets stronger as the race progresses, Bautista again proved that to be the case by finishing race one as the fastest driver on track.

While it’s clear that Bautista could have challenged Razgatlioglu if six more laps had taken place – the championship leader finished six tenths over the Yamaha rider – mistakes at the first corner arguably played a bigger role in costing him the win .

Bautista lost time to Axel Bassani after failing to make his first overtake, before doing the same at the first corner passing over Rea.

Unlike Bassani, Bautista had to go an entire lap behind Rea after failing to secure second place on the first request, resulting in a loss of time.

“Yeah I think I missed [out on victory without] the last six rounds. Without the race being a bit shorter, maybe I can be stronger, but in any case the race for everyone,” Bautista told WorldSBK.com in the parc fermé.

“I had a really bad start and I lost positions and the gap. Then I started to fight with Bassani. It was a fun battle and when I was third I seeing as my pace was maybe catching up with Toprak and Jonathan, but Toprak had something more.

“When I passed Jonathan the first time, I made a mistake in the first corner and went long and lost any chance of catching Toprak.

“But anyway I’m happy because we knew this track was very good for Toprak and Jonathan and when the race is shorter it’s even worse. I’m happy with the result and the feeling with the bike.”

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