The Villicum will be the scene of the penultimate presentation of the WorldSBK season, so the calculators will have plenty of work this weekend. From here a brand new champion can go or the current monarch will try to continue to have chances to define everything in the last presentation of the year, in November in Indonesia.
Toprak Razgatlioglu (Yamaha YZF R1 # 54) is the current leader of the championship and Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR # 1), his first pursuer, with a difference of 24 points between them. Meanwhile Scott Redding (Ducati Panigale V4R # 45) comes from cutting a good amount of points in the last date, developed in the Portuguese circuit of Portimao, although he still has 54 points to deduct from the Turkish driver who leads the championship.
While it will be Redding’s debut on the San Juan track, both Rea and Razgatlioglu were regular members of the podium in the 2018 and 2019 presentations on this stage. The Yamaha rider rose to the podium once in 2018 and 3 in 2019. Meanwhile, the Kawasaki rider (remembered when he posed with the San Martín de San Juan jersey) achieved victory in race 2 of that year and was plus another 4 times on the podium, between those two years.
The definition of the championship is really exciting between the Turkish and the British. They have each climbed to the podium 25 times this season and in every competition this weekend the stakes will be high. Rea will seek victory in the Saturday race, which will ensure that he not only cut the gap, but also stretch the finish to Indonesia for next month. If Razgatlioglu finishes ahead of Rea on Saturday, mathematically he will start to have a chance to clinch his first championship on Sunday. The barrier will be 62 points. If that’s the difference in points he achieves, Razgatlioglu will celebrate in San Juan.
And as if that were not enough, the duel left the track and reached the statements. In Portugal, rea said that the Turk “is clearly doing a good job and is not even at his limit. However, the guy he is passing is on the limit with the bike and the tires and the combination of all that. ready to fight like this and I’m going to fight like this. I can shake his hand after that and not complain, but I’m happy to release the brakes and use him as support. ” Toprak was quick to express his side of the story, and has already made it clear that his style will not change: “Jonny has started talking about my style; I repeat, this is my style, I will never change. “The show promise is guaranteed.