Pata Yamaha’s Toprak Razgatlioglu and Andrea Locatelli commanded pack in Saturday’s Superpole qualifying at Mandalika.
Claiming the first Superbike qualifying one-two for Yamaha since Cal Crutchlow and James Toseland back in 2010, Razgatlioglu maintained his pole record for the 2023 season, and his three from three Lombok dominance, thanks to a 1’32.037 effort on Saturday morning. Locatelli sat just 0.069s shy of his teammate after a strong performance in Indonesia while Aruba.it Ducati’s Alvaro Bautista completed the front row ahead of the afternoon race action.
Superbike qualifying fired up without GRT Yamaha’s Remy Gardner. The Australian ruled out of Saturday action with acute gastroenteritis following an impressive top six showing on day one. The sickness having swept through the paddock as round two prepared with numerous riders affected to varying degrees.
A frantic 15 minutes saw Razgatlioglu set the initial pace with a 1’32.231 laps as Bautista and Ducati teammate Michael Rinaldi slotted into second and third. Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea running fourth as the opening minutes unfolded with Motocorsa’s Axel Bassani splitting him from teammate Alex Lowes in the top six.
Michael van der Mark headed Rokit BMW teammate Scott Redding from seventh as Bautista bettered overall in the battle for pole. GRT Yamaha’s Dominique Aegerter and fellow R1 rider Andrea Locatelli rounded out the top ten with Honda’s Xavi Vierge just adrift.
Razgatlioglu consolidated his command with a 1’32.037 in the closing minutes, teammate Locatelli joining him for a Pata one-two as Rinaldi took a trip through the gravel. Rea improved but not enough for the front row, a quarter of a second shy of the benchmark, while Bonovo BMW’s Loris Baz arrived to seventh. Redding, Barni Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci and Lowes completed the top ten from a regrouped iker Lecuona on the second Honda. Van der Mark, Aegerter, Vierge and Garrett Gerloff looked to round out the fastest 15 before late decisions shuffled the standings.
Rinaldi advanced to fourth with Baz sixth as Bassani dropped behind the Frenchman due to yellow flag infringements. Redding reduced to 11th with Lecuona 16th in the post-flag changes as Puccetti Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes completed the day 17th.