Razgatlioglu And Deroue Still In Contention
STK1000 rider Toprak Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) is still very much in the hunt for the championship title despite an unfortunate fall late in the Lausitzring race on Sunday 20th August. The Ninja ZX-10RR rider had made a thrilling push forward from the third row of the grid but fell on the penultimate lap while, chasing another race win.
Until the 12th lap of the Lausitzring STK1000 race Toprak was on stunning form as he and eventual race winner Michael Ruben Rinaldi pushed forward, catching and passing early leader Federico Sandi.
Trying to stay with Rinaldi to mount a final challenge Razgatlioglu lost the front and slid off, attempted to restart but was forced to retire. Over-performing for much of the race compared to his seventh place grid position, Razgatlioglu eventually marked up his first no-score of the season.
With three rounds left Toprak is in second place in the championship, 26 points from the lead, and still with 75 points up for grabs for any rider who wins all of the last three races – at Portimao, Magny-Cours and Jerez.
Jeremy Guarnoni (Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) placed sixth and was the top Kawasaki finisher at Lausitz. The Frenchman is now seventh in the championship overall.
Ilya Mykhalchyk (Triple M Racing Kawasaki) no-scored in Germany and is 12th overall. Toni Finsterbusch (Agro On-Benjan Kawasaki) was 13th at the Lausitzring while series regular Glenn Scott (Agro On-Benjan Kawasaki) was 17th.
Toprak Razgatlioglu stated, “We worked hard this weekend, we did our best and after qualifying seventh we got into a podium position in the race – but we did not get it with just a lap or two to go. Thanks to all the team and everyone who supported me. We're not going to stop fighting in the last three races of the season. We go to Portugal next, looking for the best possible result.”
Scott Deroue (MTM HS Kawasaki) was disqualified from the results of the WorldSSP300 championship race in Germany, despite finishing fifth on track.
Deroue had been third on the first three laps, and battled all the way to the finish in the vanguard of the second group of leading riders, finishing very close to the top three.
No points in Germany means Deroue no longer leads the championship, as he had done from round one, but is ranked fourth. Scott, winner of races in Aragon and Assen on his Ninja 300, is just 13 points from the lead with three rounds remaining.
Female rider Ana Carrasco (ETG Racing Kawasaki) was top Kawasaki rider in the official race rankings at the Lausitzring, 13th, and she now sits in 11th in the championship.
With the long summer break that led into the Lausitz weekend now a distant memory, both the STK1000 and WorldSSP300 classes will have another few weekends off until the seventh round takes place at Portimao, on September 17th.