Outgoing champion Razgatlioglu endured his toughest weekend since the Barcelona round in September in mixed conditions in Australia, finishing second, second and fourth in three races name.
A slow pit stop from wet tires to slicks cost him his Saturday opener against Jonathan Rea chances, while Alvaro Bautista swept the title in the super pole as the only driver to start slick on the dry track.
In the only completely dry race of the weekend on Sunday afternoon, Razgatlioglu finished a disappointing fourth, not just behind his title rivals Bautista and Rea, also behind second Kawasaki Alex Lowes.
The Turkish driver said he had been hoping to get back past Lowes in order to salvage his podium chances before the red flag was shown on Lap 18 of 22 due to a crash involving Eugene Laverty and Xavi Fores.
“We tried every session to find good grip and the last race was weird because after 10 laps I feel like the rear tire is coming off quite a bit.
“I saw Alex [passing by] and he pushed hard A lot, and then [the rear tires] start spinning a lot. I said, I’ll pass him in the last two laps, but then the red flag came. “
His choice Razgatlioglu prepared the tires for the Superpole race and he conceded he beat Rea for second in the drivers’ championship The famous battle influenced his decision to use wet front and rear middleware.
He added that he knew that once Bautista saw the Ducati wearing slicks, he would likely win the race.
“It was a good gamble for Alvaro because he is already world champion and the season is over for him,” said Razgatlioglu. “We There’s a little bit of pressure because we’re fighting Johnny for the title.
“I saw him put on the same tires [wet front, middle rear] and we were just fighting Johnny. I see to him being very slow in some corners because the wet front tires had no grip.
“When Alvaro passed me, I said ‘oh well’ because I could see it dry at the start of the race, so I knew Alvaro would win the race. I’m not surprised. “
Rea’s second-place finish in the previous Superpole guarantees Razgatlioglu a second-place finish in the Championship, which the 26-year-old said was his The main target is on the track in what he considers a weaker field.
“Usually I just fight to win the title and just this weekend I was thinking about getting the title second place,” he said.
“In Mandalika, my goal was three wins and I did it. It wasn’t easy this weekend because Yamaha wasn’t very strong on this track, but we just wanted to finish second in the championship, which we did. “