Team HRC has completed the first race day making up round 3 of the Superbike world championship at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, riders Alvaro Bautista and Leon Haslam crossing the line in ninth and twelfth place respectively.

The morning’s final free practice session saw both riders shave a full second of each of their respective best times set yesterday as the team made its final preparations for the afternoon’s first race. It was soon time for Superpole, a 25-minute phase in which, as is customary, times began to tumble in the last five minutes. Leon’s best reference, a 1’41.607 set later in the session, earned him a spot on row four of the starting grid, in tenth position. Alvaro unfortunately suffered a crash mid-session which caused him to lose precious minutes, his reference of 1’42.123 therefore placing him twelfth, meaning a position on the same row as his team-mate. 

The lights went out on the first of the weekend’s Superbike races at 2pm local time. Haslam, quick off the line, moved up from tenth to eighth during the course of lap one. From twelfth on the grid, Bautista lost a couple of positions through the first turns but quickly made these up again to place eleventh by lap three. Establishing a good pace, Alvaro soon caught his team-mate, passing him on lap five to move into tenth place. While Haslam struggled to maintain his rhythm particularly during the central stage of the race due to a lack of rear grip, Bautista continued to gain ground and was in fact one of the fastest on track with eight laps to go. Making up another position, the Spaniard ultimately crossed the line in ninth position, his British team-mate closing in twelfth.

Alvaro Bautista 19

9th

“If you look at the final result it might not be so obvious, but I feel we made a step forward with our performance compared to Jerez. I lost some ground and positions in the very first laps of the race, but once I’d passed a few riders and could lap alone, my pace was in line with that of the guys fighting for the podium. So, although the result might not reflect it, I’m happy with our performance, aside from the early stages. Of course, the race is 20 laps long, so we must improve also over the first laps. My feeling, especially in terms of front grip, was better than in Jerez anyway, so we’ll keep working to fine tune the bike without making any major changes to the setup and we’ll see how it goes tomorrow.”

Leon Haslam 91

12th

“We had some small problems in qualifying, although the qualifying tyre helped us to some extent. I also made a small mistake, but overall lap times were pretty close and I was only a couple of tenths from fourth I think. Unfortunately, race 1 proved to be difficult for me. Right from the start, I was struggling with some small setup issues and with the rear grip and I felt I was going backwards rather than forwards. The lap times weren’t so bad, but it was tough and so we need to make some changes for tomorrow. We’ll see what we can do.”

WorldSBK 2020
Race Round 03   Portugal

Results Superpole

Sunny
Humidity
56%
Track Temp
36°C
Air Temp
28°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'40.676
2 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 0.278
3 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 0.398
4 Sykes Tom 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 0.564
5 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 0.659
6 Baz Loris 76 FRA Ten Kate Racing Yamaha Yamaha 0.678
7 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA Team GOELEVEN Ducati 0.748
8 Redding Scott 45 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 0.760
9 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 0.828
10 Haslam Leon 91 GBR Team HRC Honda 0.931
11 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 1.131
12 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Team HRC Honda 1.447
13 Davies Chaz 7 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1.551
14 Cortese Sandro 11 GER OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 1.669
15 Fores Xavi 12 SPA Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 1.745
16 Caricasulo Federico 64 ITA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 1.815
17 Scheib Maximilian 77 CHI ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 1.978
18 Mercado Leandro 38 ARG Motocorsa Racing Ducati 2.042
19 Melandri Marco 33 ITA BARNI Racing Team Ducati 2.197
20 Barrier Sylvain 20 FRA Brixx Performance Ducati 2.218
21 Takahashi Takumi 13 JPN MIE Racing Althea HONDA Team Honda 3.349
22 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA Nuova M2 Racing Aprilia 3.351
23 Gabellini Lorenzo 63 ITA MIE Racing Althea HONDA Team Honda 4.103
WorldSBK 2020
Race Round 03   Portugal

Results Race 1 (Laps 20)

Sunny
Humidity
55%
Track Temp
44°C
Air Temp
30°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR 25 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 34'24.940
2 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR 20 PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 5.142
3 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 16 PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 7.029
4 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 13 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 9.851
5 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 11 Team GOELEVEN Ducati 10.705
6 Baz Loris 76 FRA 10 Ten Kate Racing Yamaha Yamaha 12.226
7 Redding Scott 45 GBR 9 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 12.485
8 Sykes Tom 66 GBR 8 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 12.829
9 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 7 Team HRC Honda 14.233
10 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 6 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 16.208
11 Davies Chaz 7 GBR 5 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 22.477
12 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 4 Team HRC Honda 22.581
13 Fores Xavi 12 SPA 3 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 23.535
14 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA 2 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 23.577
15 Caricasulo Federico 64 ITA 1 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 30.728
16 Mercado Leandro 38 ARG 0 Motocorsa Racing Ducati 39.137
17 Melandri Marco 33 ITA 0 BARNI Racing Team Ducati 49.020
18 Barrier Sylvain 20 FRA 0 Brixx Performance Ducati 55.510
19 Takahashi Takumi 13 JPN 0 MIE Racing Althea HONDA Team Honda 55.891
20 Gabellini Lorenzo 63 ITA 0 MIE Racing Althea HONDA Team Honda 1'16.109
21 Scheib Maximilian 77 CHI 0 ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 1 Lap
22 Cortese Sandro 11 GER 0 OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 1 Lap
23 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA 0 Nuova M2 Racing Aprilia 4 Laps
Location Information

Autódromo Internacional do Algarve   Sitio do Escampadinho, Mexilhoeira Grande, 8500-148 Portimão, Portugal autodromodoalgarve.com

Pole Position Right
Length 4.592 Km
Corners 15
Right Corners 9
Left Corners 6

Records

Pole Record 1'40.372 (164,70 Km/h) J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2019)
Race Record 1'41.272 (163,24 Km/h) J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2019)
All Time Record 1'40.372 (164,70 Km/h) J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2019)
2020 Race 1 Winner J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR)
2020 Superpole Winner J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR)
2020 Race 2 Winner J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR)