Today’s race marked Haslam’s 300th start in the Superbike class; he is only the fifth rider in history to achieve this milestone. After a strong qualifying (sixth), the Brit concluded Race 1 in tenth place. A tough Superpole session meant a fifth row start for Alvaro Bautista, but a strong comeback saw him crossing the finish line a solid sixth.

Round eight of the Superbike World Championship continues as Team HRC completes the first of the weekend’s races at the French track of Nevers Magny-Cours. Earlier in the day, conditions remained dry for the all-important Superpole. With just 15 minutes in which to set the fastest possible lap time and obtain a good grid position, Bautista and Haslam didn’t waste any time. A best of 1’36.258 for the Brit saw him qualify a strong sixth, meaning a second-row start for him in the first of the weekend’s races. Bautista had a tougher time, struggling to complete a clean lap. A fastest time of 1’37.269 put him in fourteenth place at the session’s end, so a fifth-row start for the Spaniard.

At 2pm local time, the riders lined up for the first 21-lap Superbike race. Today’s race marked Haslam’s 300th start in the Superbike class; he is only the fifth rider in history to achieve this milestone. From sixth on the grid, the Brit held this position through the opening laps. Meanwhile, Bautista got away well, eleventh at the end of lap one. Lap eight saw him move into eighth place, right behind team-mate Haslam, who he was able to pass during the course of the next lap. The Team HRC duo moved into sixth and seventh place on lap sixteen, after which Haslam unfortunately lost a couple of positions in the final phase. Bautista scored a solid sixth-place finish, while Haslam ultimately crossed the line tenth.

Alvaro Bautista 19

RC1 P6

“I really enjoyed today’s race and making a comeback from fourteenth on the grid to sixth across the line. This morning I struggled to complete a good lap time in qualifying. I don’t know why but I didn’t feel I had sufficient grip in the rear tyre, so even if I pushed hard, I couldn’t be particularly fast. I was only able to improve by a couple of tenths with respect to the times I was setting with the race trye. I was confident for the race though, because I knew we had good race pace, so it was important to make a good start and try to stick with the guys ahead. And that’s exactly what we did so I’m happy, because I feel we did the best we can right now. For tomorrow it would be good to score a top-nine position in the sprint race so that we have a better start position for the second race, in which the aim is to try and improve further.”

Leon Haslam 91

RC1 P10

“Qualifying went well for me today and I was also able to set a 37.0 with the same tyre combination I later raced with. Unfortunately though, right from the first lap of race 1, I had some issues in braking which forced me to just manage the situation every lap. I was at least seven tenths slower than I was in the practices, and so it felt like a very long race as a result. The fact I dropped three or four places in the final stages was my mistake, as I ran off track. So not the best result for me in the end, because after this qualifying and considering how the weekend was going, I felt we should have been able to finish top five. It could have been sixth place, if it hadn’t been for that mistake near the end.”

WorldSBK 2021
Race Round 08   France

Results Tissot Superpole

Sunny
Humidity
69%
Track Temp
28°C
Air Temp
23°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'35.683
2 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'35.784 0.101
3 Sykes Tom 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'35.919 0.236
4 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'36.025 0.342
5 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'36.201 0.518
6 Haslam Leon 91 GBR Team HRC Honda 1'36.258 0.575
7 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'36.415 0.732
8 Redding Scott 45 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'36.485 0.802
9 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'36.736 1.053
10 Mahias Lucas 44 FRA Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 1'36.814 1.131
11 Davies Chaz 7 GBR Team GOELEVEN Ducati 1'36.871 1.188
12 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1'36.926 1.243
13 Bassani Alex 47 ITA Motocorsa Racing Ducati 1'37.114 1.431
14 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'37.269 1.586
15 Rabat Tito 53 SPA BARNI Racing Team Ducati 1'37.719 2.036
16 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA Alstare Yamaha Yamaha 1'37.860 2.177
17 Vinales Isaac 32 SPA ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 1'37.970 2.287
18 Nozane Kohta 3 JPN GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1'37.997 2.314
19 Folger Jonas 94 GER Bonovo MGM Racing BMW 1'38.184 2.501
20 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 1'38.357 2.674
21 Cresson Loris 84 BEL TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 1'38.862 3.179
WorldSBK 2021
Race Round 08   France

Results Race 1

Sunny
Humidity
54%
Track Temp
40°C
Air Temp
26°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR 25 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha
2 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR 20 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 4.467
3 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA 16 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 10.285
4 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 13 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 13.283
5 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 11 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 15.535
6 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 10 Team HRC Honda 17.824
7 Davies Chaz 7 GBR 9 Team GOELEVEN Ducati 20.067
8 Bassani Alex 47 ITA 8 Motocorsa Racing Ducati 20.127
9 Sykes Tom 66 GBR 7 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 20.150
10 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 6 Team HRC Honda 23.763
11 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA 5 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 23.977
12 Redding Scott 45 GBR 4 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 38.551
13 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA 3 Alstare Yamaha Yamaha 44.742
14 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 2 BARNI Racing Team Ducati 45.494
15 Vinales Isaac 32 SPA 1 ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 45.612
16 Folger Jonas 94 GER 0 Bonovo MGM Racing BMW 55.985
17 Nozane Kohta 3 JPN 0 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 59.560
18 Cresson Loris 84 BEL 0 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 59.642
19 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 0 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 5 Laps
20 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG 0 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 14 Laps
Location Information

Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours Technopole – 58470 Magny-Cours – France Magny Cours

POLE POSITION RIGHT
LENGTH 4.411 Km
CORNERS 17
RIGHT CORNERS 9
LEFT CORNERS 8

Records

Pole Record 1'35.683 (165,96 Km/h) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2021)
Race Record 1'36.374 (164,77 Km/h) J.Rea (SPRC) (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2021)
All Time Record 1'35.683 (165,96 Km/h) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2021)
2021 Race 1 Winner T.Razgatlioglu (Yamaha YZF R1)
2021 Superpole Race Winner REVISED J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR)
2021 Race 2 Winner T.Razgatlioglu (Yamaha YZF R1)