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.
Free Practices Combined Results after FP2
|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|
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 Record||1'48.267 (168,816 Km/h) T.Razgatlioglu (Yamaha YZF R1, 2022)|
|Race Record||1'49.375 (167,11 Km/h) T.Razgatlioglu (Yamaha YZF R1, 2022) SPRC|
|All Time Record||1'48.267 (168,816 Km/h) T.Razgatlioglu (Yamaha YZF R1, 2022)|
|2022 Race 1 Winner||J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR)|
|2022 Superpole Race Winner||A. Bautista (Ducati V4)|
|2021 Race 2 Winner||S. Redding (Ducati Panigale V4 R)|