Round four of the 2020 Superbike World Championship is now officially in play at the Motorland Aragón circuit in Spain, Team HRC riders Leon Haslam and Alvaro Bautista having taken part in the weekend’s opening free practice sessions.

At 10.30am CET, the Superbike field took to the track in warm and sunny conditions for the first of three free practice sessions. This first session proved rather positive for Bautista, who worked hard with his technicians to make good progress throughout the 50 minutes available to him. Despite an innocuous crash during the second half of the practice, and a technical issue with his bike’s engine just before the end of the session, the Spaniard’s strong pace meant he was lying fourth with a best time of 1’50.765 by the session’s end. 

Haslam and his team worked to resolve a few small issues with their bike’s setup, which meant that Leon completed only a handful of fast laps. Nevertheless, the Brit’s quickest time saw him close just four tenths behind Bautista (1’51.191), in ninth position. 

The second practice didn’t quite to go plan for Bautista, who basically sat out the session as there were still some issues with his bike, which the team will work to fix ahead of tomorrow’s FP3. By the end of day one, Bautista positioned fourth in the combined standings and Haslam in eleventh place thanks to their encouraging performance in session one.

Team HRC will now prepare for tomorrow’s final free practice, Superpole session and subsequent first Superbike race, scheduled to run at 2pm local time. The dry and sunny weather looks set to hold over the weekend, though temperatures tomorrow are likely to be a few degrees cooler than today. 

Alvaro Bautista 19

4th 1'50.765

“This morning I felt very good on the bike right from the start. It's true that we have tested here a few times, so we have a lot of references for this layout and a clear direction with the setup, but it is still good to have been able to ride strongly straight away. We just made some little adjustments in order to be consistently fast and then towards the end I suffered a small crash, but with no consequences. After that we had an issue with the engine which we are now checking. Being at a good point with the bike's setup, this afternoon we wanted to focus on tyre choice but unfortunately some other issues during FP2 prevented us from executing our plan. We now have more time available to work on the bike and so we'll use tomorrow's FP3 for our final preparation ahead of Race 1.”

Leon Haslam 91

11th 1'51.191

“This morning was disappointing as we were only able to complete three or four fast laps because we had some small problems. But honestly the times came quite easily considering the limited number of laps made. In the afternoon session we were able to match our earlier lap times despite the hotter conditions. We didn’t do everything we had planned but it was good to get some laps under our belt, especially in those warmer conditions. We had a small crash right at the end, but it was nothing major and I’m looking forward to continuing our work tomorrow, in what should be cooler conditions.”

WorldSBK 2020
Free Practice Round 04   Aragon

Free Practices Combined Results after FP2

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Davies Chaz 7 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'50.543
2 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA Team GOELEVEN Ducati 0.058
3 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 0.193
4 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Team HRC Honda 0.222
5 Sykes Tom 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 0.383
6 Baz Loris 76 FRA Ten Kate Racing Yamaha Yamaha 0.436
7 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 0.458
8 Redding Scott 45 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 0.488
9 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 0.517
10 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 0.554
11 Haslam Leon 91 GBR Team HRC Honda 0.648
12 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 0.861
13 Scheib Maximilian 77 CHI ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 0.907
14 Caricasulo Federico 64 ITA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 1.444
15 Fores Xavi 12 SPA Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 1.470
16 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1.485
17 Melandri Marco 33 ITA BARNI Racing Team Ducati 1.590
18 RAMOS Román 40 SPA OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 1.987
19 Barrier Sylvain 20 FRA Brixx Performance Ducati 2.237
20 Mercado Leandro 38 ARG Motocorsa Racing Ducati 2.452
21 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA Nuova M2 Racing Aprilia 2.742
22 Takahashi Takumi 13 JPN MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 3.114
23 Gabellini Lorenzo 63 ITA MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 4.543
Location Information

The MotorLand Aragon road racing circuit was opened in 2009 and in 2011 it became the fifth Spanish track to host the WorldSBK™ Championship. MotorLand Aragón Ctra. TE- V- 7033 KM. 1. 44600 Alcañiz (Teruel) – Spain motorlandaragon.com  

Pole Position Right
Length 5.077 Km
Corners 17
Right Corners 7
Left Corners 10

Records

Pole Record 1'48.767 (168,040 Km/h) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2020, Teruel Round)
Race Record 1'49.620 (166,73 Km/h) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2020 RC1, Aragon Round)
All Time Record 1'48.767 (168,040 Km/h) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2020)
2020 Race 1 Winner (Teruel Round) M. Rinaldi (Ducati Panigale V4 R)
2020 Superpole Race Winner (Teruel Round) S. Redding (Ducati Panigale V4 R)
2020 Race 2 Winner (Teruel Round) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR)