With his main rider Toprak Razgatlioglu now leading the WorldSBK championship after the Donington weekend, Pata Yamaha with Brixx team boss Paul Denning was slightly disbelieving of their position after a mixed weekend of weather.
So much so he joked about it as the air was still heady with the smell of victory in pitlane. “Coming to Donington with the forecast being flipping half wet and full wet races all weekend, it was never in doubt we were going to leave leading the championship!,” joked Denning.
His expectations in reality were very different. “With a twenty-point deficit coming here and the weather forecast as it was, I thought if we could escape with a 50-point deficit and some solid races, that would be great. Honestly, the performance was just out of this world.”
It was not all dominant over the whole weekend, even if things turned around when it most mattered for Razgatlioglu “We did struggle in wet qualifying. That’s clear, but apart from that, that almost made Saturday’s performance even more special, coming from 13th. Then the race today was going to be a dog fight to the end.
"We didn’t have the pace to escape from Jonathan, but we certainly had the pace to put him under pressure and in the end that showed. So, that’s a hell of a weekend. And in the Superpole race even that sixth place but fastest laps on a wet setup bike on inters, I thought we’d struggle there as well but he was able to ride delicately enough with that setup to still be fast and competitive.
"So, he’s growing all the time. Obviously, as the rider’s level grows, the team goes forward with it. So, nothing has really changed since the start of the year. We’ve had nine dry races and we finished on the podium in every one. That’s not so bad.”