The first day race day making up round four of the 2020 Superbike World Championship at Motorland Aragón in Spain brought mixed results for Team HRC, with Alvaro Bautista crashing out while running a strong, fast race, fourth position well within his reach, and Leon Haslam crossing the line tenth.

During the 25-minute Superpole phase, Haslam completed a series of fast laps, the best of which was a 1’49.430 set with the qualifying tyre in the final minutes that saw him position sixth. Bautista was already quick on the race tyre but, after putting in the qualifying solution later in the session, found some traffic during his fast lap and recorded a fastest time of 1’49.470 to finish just a fraction of a second behind his team-mate in seventh place. 

At 2pm local time the lights went out on Superbike race 1. Bautista lost a little ground off the line, positioning twelfth at the end of lap one. Reacting strongly and able to establish a good rhythm after the initial laps, the Spaniard was able to close in on, and pass, Baz and Razgatlioglu in quick succession to place sixth on lap eight. With fourth place well within his reach, Alvaro unfortunately suffered a crash on lap twelve and was unable to continue, an unlucky end considering his performance up until that point.

From sixth on the grid, Haslam made a good start, holding his position through the opening stages. Despite this encouraging start, the Brit then started to lose significant ground, finding himself twelfth on lap seven. By modifying his riding style to deal with some set-up issues, Leon was able to make up a couple of places during the course of the race, to ultimately cross the line in tenth place.

Leon Haslam 91

10th

“I made a good start but we had a small problem right from lap one which saw me drop three or four seconds through the central part of the race. In modifying my riding style, I was then able to set lap times that weren’t so bad, even catching one guy at the end. To be honest, I’m quite happy because I was able to understand a few things after thinking that I might have to come into the garage due to the problem. So in the final stages my times were not so bad and now we’ll fix the issue we had so that I’m set for tomorrow’s races.”

Alvaro Bautista 19

DNF

“It was a pity about the crash as we were running a strong race. The fact is that over the first laps I struggled to get into a rhythm because, at the moment, I must ride the bike in a certain way to be fast and have to force it a lot to make it turn for example. This doesn’t help when you are fighting with other riders. That was the case again today at first while I was part of the group. Once I had some space, I could ride much faster and was catching the fourth placed rider when I just lost the front. When you are pushing so hard it can happen. One good thing is that we were able to improve on our speed in the Superpole compared to the other rounds. As for tomorrow, we have some ideas to try and help us improve in the early stages, so let’s see how it goes tomorrow.”

WorldSBK 2020
Race Round 04   Aragon

Results Tissot Superpole

Dry
Humidity
53%
Track Temp
27°C
Air Temp
19°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'48.860
2 Baz Loris 76 FRA Ten Kate Racing Yamaha Yamaha 0.171
3 Redding Scott 45 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 0.304
4 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 0.365
5 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA Team GOELEVEN Ducati 0.396
6 Haslam Leon 91 GBR Team HRC Honda 0.570
7 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Team HRC Honda 0.610
8 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 0.671
9 Davies Chaz 7 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 0.683
10 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 0.767
11 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 0.823
12 Scheib Maximilian 77 CHI ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 0.847
13 Fores Xavi 12 SPA Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 1.269
14 Sykes Tom 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1.308
15 Mercado Leandro 38 ARG Motocorsa Racing Ducati 1.440
16 Caricasulo Federico 64 ITA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 1.491
17 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA Nuova M2 Racing Aprilia 2.062
18 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 2.073
19 Melandri Marco 33 ITA BARNI Racing Team Ducati 2.154
20 Barrier Sylvain 20 FRA Brixx Performance Ducati 2.218
21 RAMOS Román 40 SPA OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 2.577
22 Takahashi Takumi 13 JPN MIE Racing Althea HONDA Team Honda 3.585
23 Gabellini Lorenzo 63 ITA MIE Racing Althea HONDA Team Honda 3.741
WorldSBK 2020
Race Round 04   Aragon

Results Race 1

Sunny
Humidity
40%
Track Temp
36°C
Air Temp
22°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Redding Scott 45 GBR 25 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 33'23.739
2 Davies Chaz 7 GBR 20 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 0.304
3 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR 16 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 2.123
4 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 13 Team GOELEVEN Ducati 7.453
5 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 11 PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 8.365
6 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR 10 PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 18.851
7 Baz Loris 76 FRA 9 Ten Kate Racing Yamaha Yamaha 20.226
8 Fores Xavi 12 SPA 8 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 26.971
9 Caricasulo Federico 64 ITA 7 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 27.054
10 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 6 Team HRC Honda 29.283
11 Mercado Leandro 38 ARG 5 Motocorsa Racing Ducati 30.270
12 Barrier Sylvain 20 FRA 4 Brixx Performance Ducati 40.070
13 RAMOS Román 40 SPA 3 OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 42.267
14 Melandri Marco 33 ITA 2 BARNI Racing Team Ducati 54.075
15 Takahashi Takumi 13 JPN 1 MIE Racing Althea HONDA Team Honda 57.737
16 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 0 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 59.805
17 Gabellini Lorenzo 63 ITA 0 MIE Racing Althea HONDA Team Honda 1'22.202
18 Scheib Maximilian 77 CHI 0 ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 5 Laps
19 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 0 Team HRC Honda 6 Laps
20 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA 0 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 12 Laps
21 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 0 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 14 Laps
22 Sykes Tom 66 GBR 0 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 14 Laps
23 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA 0 Nuova M2 Racing Aprilia 16 Laps
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)