Round six of the Superbike World Championship has now drawn to a close at the Barcelona-Catalunya track in Spain but unfortunately the races did not bring the expected results for Team HRC. 

The promising feedback Alvaro Bautista got from the latest improvements made to the bike’s setup was confirmed by his strong performance in the early stages of this morning’s Superpole race. The Spaniard set the new race record lap and had just moved into the lead when he was stopped in his tracks by a violent highside heading into Turn 4, an incident that ruled him out of the race on lap 3. Bautista was taken to the medical centre but was passed fit, having sustained a non displaced fifth metatarsal fracture.

Teammate Leon Haslam was blamelessly involved in an incident on lap 2 when another rider hit him, causing both riders involved to crash at Turn 10. Haslam was taken to the medical centre as a result but was also passed fit, having suffered contusions to his left thigh.

Race 2 got underway in dry conditions later in the afternoon. But while Haslam lined up in eleventh place on the grid, Bautista was unfortunately unable to start after his bike came to a stop during the sighting lap due to an electrical problem. 

Ninth through the opening laps, Haslam lost a little ground from lap five onwards, placing eleventh on lap six. Back up to tenth by lap ten, the Brit passed Lowes on lap sixteen to move into ninth place. Battling with Lowes through the final stages, the Team HRC rider ultimately crossed the line in ninth place.

In the championship standings, Bautista now places eighth with 94 points, while Haslam has moved into tenth position with 88 points. Team HRC will return to the tracks over the weekend of 2-4 October for the penultimate championship round taking place at the French circuit of Magny-Cours.

Alvaro Bautista 19

SPRC DNF | RC2 DNS

“Today’s been a bittersweet day. In this morning’s warm-up I was pleased with how the bike was working because we were able to fix the setup issue we had yesterday, and our feeling was a lot better. In the Superpole race I moved into the lead, the first time we’ve been able to do that, which means we are continuing to improve. I was feeling so good on the bike and to be out front again that perhaps I was a little overconfident and pushed a bit too hard, which resulted in a crash. A pity. Physically I wasn’t feeling good ahead of race 2 but I when I jumped on my bike, I saw I was able to ride despite my foot injury. The pain was not too bad. But then the bike stopped on the sighting lap and so I didn’t have chance to compete at all. We’re looking into what the problem was. It was a pity because we had good pace also for race 2 and could have battled with the frontrunners in both the day’s races. Anyway, we will take the positives of this weekend. I’m happy with the job we are doing and with our steps forward and now we’ll see if we can make the most of the final two rounds and score the kind of results we deserve.”

Leon Haslam 91

SPRC DNF | RC2 9th

“A tough day for us. We made a bad start in the Superpole race and although my feeling was OK over the first lap, I was then hit from behind and crashed with Caricasulo. At first I thought I might have broken my leg but luckily that wasn’t the case and I was just very stiff in my lower body. After another bad start in race 2, my pace was not too bad and I was starting to catch some other riders. We had a good battle with Lowes, but then a small mistake in the final stages meant I eventually finished ninth. It was a tough race and I had some arm pump due to a lack of mobility following the crash, but we have made some steps forward if we consider the entire weekend. It’s just a pity about the actual race results because we had the potential to run top five today. Anyway, we move on to Magny-Cours and will try our best again there.”

WorldSBK 2020
Race Round 06   Catalunya

Results Superpole Race

Sunny
Humidity
68%
Track Temp
30°C
Air Temp
21°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 12 PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 17'07.732
2 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR 9 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 2.372
3 Baz Loris 76 FRA 7 Ten Kate Racing Yamaha Yamaha 2.923
4 Davies Chaz 7 GBR 6 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 3.929
5 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA 5 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 3.985
6 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 4 Team GOELEVEN Ducati 6.487
7 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 3 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 7.688
8 Redding Scott 45 GBR 2 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 8.573
9 Sykes Tom 66 GBR 1 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 10.071
10 Folger Jonas 94 GER 0 Bonovo Action by MGM Racing Yamaha 12.709
11 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 0 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 12.713
12 Fores Xavi 12 SPA 0 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 13.027
13 Zanetti Lorenzo 87 ITA 0 Motocorsa Racing Ducati 21.781
14 Debise Valentin 53 FRA 0 OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 21.922
15 Barrier Sylvain 20 FRA 0 Brixx Performance Ducati 26.909
16 Takahashi Takumi 13 JPN 0 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 29.074
17 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 0 Team HRC Honda 8 Laps
18 Cavalieri Samuele 97 ITA 0 BARNI Racing Team Ducati 8 Laps
19 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 0 Team HRC Honda 9 Laps
20 Caricasulo Federico 64 ITA 0 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 9 Laps
WorldSBK 2020
Race Round 06   Catalunya

Results Race 2

Sunny
Humidity
42%
Track Temp
44°C
Air Temp
28°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Davies Chaz 7 GBR 25 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 34'29.729
2 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 20 PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 2.460
3 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA 16 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 2.559
4 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR 13 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 8.040
5 Sykes Tom 66 GBR 11 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 13.196
6 Redding Scott 45 GBR 10 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 14.232
7 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 9 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 16.409
8 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 8 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 17.590
9 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 7 Team HRC Honda 18.536
10 Baz Loris 76 FRA 6 Ten Kate Racing Yamaha Yamaha 20.401
11 Folger Jonas 94 GER 5 Bonovo Action by MGM Racing Yamaha 20.451
12 Caricasulo Federico 64 ITA 4 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 25.414
13 Zanetti Lorenzo 87 ITA 3 Motocorsa Racing Ducati 31.420
14 Takahashi Takumi 13 JPN 2 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 51.264
15 Fores Xavi 12 SPA 1 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 3 Laps
16 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 0 Team GOELEVEN Ducati 2 Laps
17 Debise Valentin 53 FRA 0 OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 5 Laps
18 Barrier Sylvain 20 FRA 0 Brixx Performance Ducati 5 Laps
19 Cavalieri Samuele 97 ITA 0 BARNI Racing Team Ducati 17 Laps
20 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 0 Team HRC Honda 0
Location Information

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya Carrer Mas Moreneta, 08160 Montmeló, Barcelona, Spain Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

POLE POSITION Right
LENGHT 4.627 Km
CORNERS 14
RIGHT CORNERS 8
LEFT CORNERS 6

Records

Pole Record 1'41.619 (163,58 Km/h) J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2020)
Race Record 1'41.828 (163,92 Km/h) A. Bautista (Honda CBR1000RR-R, 2020, SPRC)
All Time Record 1'41.619 (163,58 Km/h) J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2020)
2020 Race 1 Winner J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR)
2020 Superpole Winner M. Van der Mark (Yamaha YZF R1 )
2020 Race 2 Winner J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR)