Alvaro Bautista’s sixth-place finish in the first WorldSBK race at the Misano World Circuit is his best result so far this season but it’s not enough for the Spaniard, who wants more from Sunday’s races. Leon Haslam is slowed by an electrical problem but crosses the line in fourteenth position.

Having closed twelfth and thirteenth in the combined FP3 sessions, the Team HRC headed into the all-important Superpole phase. Thanks to an update to the championship regulation regarding the yellow flag, Alvaro Bautista was able to complete at least one fast lap, after his first one was cancelled following a crash for Garrett Gerloff. The Spaniard thus set a best of 1’34.217 while Haslam’s fastest time was a 1’34.520, which meant the Team HRC duo completed the session in ninth and twelfth position respectively, for a third and fourth row start for the weekend’s first race.

As the race got underway at 2pm local time, Bautista held ninth through the initial laps, Haslam falling back a few places to find himself fifteenth. Both had made up two positions by the mid-race point, and the Spaniard continued to gain ground, battling with Sykes in the later stages to ultimately cross the line in sixth place and score ten important points for the championship. Haslam, who suffered an electrical problem with his bike, was unable to make further progress, and finished this first race of the weekend in fourteenth place.

Team HRC will be back on track tomorrow for the 10-lap Superpole race and the second of the weekend’s 21-lap Superbike races.

Alvaro Bautista 19

RACE1 P6

“Sixth is our best result so far this season, but it’s not what we’re aiming for of course. We struggled a lot in this morning’s FP3 and my feeling wasn’t good, especially in braking. We made some changes for the qualifying session, in order to find more stability. We improved a little and although the feeling wasn’t perfect, I could ride more comfortably. It was funny because after having my best lap at Estoril cancelled due to a yellow flag, the exact same thing happened today with my first qualifying tyre, when Gerloff crashed. Luckily, we now have a second tyre available and so I could do a decent lap, trying not to go over the limit. Starting from the third row of the grid was good because we were in a position to stick closer to the front, and our pace was good. But when I’m battling with other riders it’s difficult to change my line and it’s tough to overtake. Anyway, all in all it’s been a positive day. We collected a lot of data and made some changes to the set-up that we must analyse and then see if we can build on this to improve further tomorrow”.

Leon Haslam 91

RACE 1 P14

“For me it was a very difficult race. I made a good start but in the second sector of the track I came together with another rider and fell a long way back. I then made a little bit of headway but after a few laps we had an issue with a sensor and after this it was just really tough, as we were losing nearly one second every lap. In the end we finished the race with just two points, which is obviously frustrating, but tomorrow things will hopefully go better, and we will be able to score a better result”.

WorldSBK 2021
Race Round 03   Rimini

Results Tissot Superpole

Sunny
Humidity
51%
Track Temp
40°C
Air Temp
27°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'33.416
2 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'33.515 / 0.099
3 Redding Scott 45 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'33.534 / 0.118
4 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'33.678 / 0.262
5 Sykes Tom 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'33.860 / 0.444
6 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'33.897 / 0.481
7 Mahias Lucas 44 FRA Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 1'33.924 / 0.508
8 Bassani Alex 47 ITA Motocorsa Racing Ducati 1'34.012 / 0.596
9 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'34.217 / 0.801
10 Davies Chaz 7 GBR Team GOELEVEN Ducati 1'34.453 / 1.037
11 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'34.464 / 1.048
12 Haslam Leon 91 GBR Team HRC Honda 1'34.520 / 1.104
13 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'34.674 / 1.258
14 Nozane Kohta 3 JPN GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1'34.677 / 1.261
15 Folger Jonas 94 GER Bonovo MGM Racing BMW 1'34.892 / 1.476
16 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 1'35.156 / 1.740
17 Vinales Isaac 32 SPA ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 1'35.622 / 2.206
18 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA Alstare Yamaha Yamaha 1'35.909 / 2.493
19 Cavalieri Samuele 76 ITA TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 1'36.465 / 3.049
20 Cresson Loris 84 BEL TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 1'38.365 / 4.949
21 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha
22 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW
WorldSBK 2021
Race Round 03   Rimini

Results Race 1

Sunny
Humidity
45%
Track Temp
48°C
Air Temp
29°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 25 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 33'23.457
2 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR 20 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 3.657
3 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR 16 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 5.104 / 1.447
4 Redding Scott 45 GBR 13 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 10.247 / 5.143
5 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 11 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 13.474 / 3.227
6 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 10 Team HRC Honda 14.766 / 1.292
7 Bassani Alex 47 ITA 9 Motocorsa Racing Ducati 15.587 / 0.821
8 Sykes Tom 66 GBR 8 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 16.694 / 1.107
9 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA 7 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 23.612 / 6.918
10 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 6 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 28.364 / 4.752
11 Mahias Lucas 44 FRA 5 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 28.699 / 0.335
12 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA 4 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 31.757 / 3.058
13 Nozane Kohta 3 JPN 3 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 35.395 / 3.638
14 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 2 Team HRC Honda 35.603 / 0.208
15 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 1 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 38.211 / 2.608
16 Folger Jonas 94 GER 0 Bonovo MGM Racing BMW 38.372 / 0.161
17 Vinales Isaac 32 SPA 0 ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 47.720 / 9.348
18 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA 0 Alstare Yamaha Yamaha 1'06.736/19.016
19 Cavalieri Samuele 76 ITA 0 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 1'11.668 / 4.932
20 Cresson Loris 84 BEL 0 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 1'14.491 / 2.823
21 Davies Chaz 7 GBR 0 Team GOELEVEN Ducati 7 Laps
Location Information

Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” Via Daijiro Kato, 10 47843 Misano Adriatico (RN) – Italy Misanocircuit.com

POLE POSITION RIGHT
LENGTH 4.226 Km
CORNERS 16
RIGHT CORNERS 10
LEFT CORNERS 6

Records

Pole Record 1'33.416 (162,859 Km/h) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2021)
Race Record (SPRC) 1'34.356 (161,24 Km/h) M.Rinaldi (Ducati Panigale V4 R, 2021)
All Time Record 1'33.416 (162,859 Km/h) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2021)
Race 1 Winner M.Rinaldi (Ducati Panigale V4 R )
Superpole Race Winner M.Rinaldi (Ducati Panigale V4 R )
Race 2 Winner T. Razgatlioglu (Yamaha YZF R1)