Team HRC and factory riders Leon Haslam and Alvaro Bautista conclude the opening round of the 2020 FIM Superbike World Championship at the Australian track of Phillip Island with two hard-fought races and strong pace.

The 10-lap Tissot Superpole race got underway at 12pm local time. Lining up fifth on the grid, Haslam ran wide through the first corner finding himself fourteenth at the end of lap one. Battling hard and passing several riders mid-race, the Brit was up into tenth by lap six. Gaining further ground in the final stages, the Team HRC rider powered his CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP to a solid eighth-place finish.

Getting away very well from fourteenth on the grid, Bautista was up into ninth place and well positioned for further progresses when a crash at turn 6 forced him to return to the garage. Back out for the final stages of the race, the Spaniard crossed the line in sixteenth position.

Lining up for race 2 later in the afternoon Bautista, from fourteenth, quickly moved up into tenth position. His impressive pace saw him continue to work his way up the timesheets, fighting as part of the chasing group for fifth place. Oscillating between fifth and seventh, the Spaniard ultimately crossed the line in sixth position. As this first round draws to a close, Alvaro lies sixth in the general classification having scored 20 points over the weekend.

From eighth on the grid, British rider Haslam barely had chance to get into a rhythm before a crash at turn 10 pushed him to the back of the field. Leon didn’t give up and after re-joining the race worked hard to close the gap to those immediately ahead of him, finishing in twelve position. He scored four points with this result, for a total of 17, which places him ninth in the championship standings at the end of this opening round.

Team HRC will travel on to Qatar, and the Losail International Circuit, where round 2 of the 2020 Championship is set to take place over the weekend of 13-15 March.

Alvaro Bautista 19

“Today was more difficult than yesterday also because I started from the back in Race 2 following this morning’s crash in the sprint race. A pity because I think I could have fought in the top five in the Superpole race. We made another little change to the bike today and that was definitely an improvement, but I tried too hard and lost the front. Track conditions in the afternoon were really tricky, as I had no grip or sufficient corner speed. Considering that one of the areas we are working on is acceleration, Race 2 was honestly quite tough. All in all though, we are not too far from the fastest riders and I’m happy with our weekend. I think it has been positive for us because we’ve taken some small steps forward and collected a lot of data during these three races to be able to continue with bike development. I want to say thank you to Honda because it’s not easy to win right away with a new bike, especially with a rider like me, used to another engine configuration. Everyone is really supportive and helping me, trying to give me everything I ask for, and we have real margin for improvement with our bike”.

Leon Haslam 91

“A false neutral, my mistake, caused me to crash in Race 2. I’m a little disappointed with the weekend’s results because I felt we had the pace to be on the podium. But we all know that, at this track, it is key to put everything together, saving the tyre, engine management etc. and so I think that’s why we did how we did today, with no previous references to use either of course. In Race 1, we were there until four laps from the end, so the weekend has had its positives of course, while today was a little more difficult. Essentially, I’m fairly happy with our speed, but we need to manage it better. We’re still testing fundamental things and strategies and that work will continue at the next round of Qatar”.

WorldSBK 2020
Race Round 01   Australia

Superpole Race (Laps 10 = 44,450 Km)

Sunny
Humidity
54%
Track Temp
23°C
Air Temp
25°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR 12 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 15'18.421
2 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR 9 Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 0.067
3 Redding Scott 45 GBR 7 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 0.072
4 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 6 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 0.205
5 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 5 Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1.088
6 Sykes Tom 66 GBR 4 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1.631
7 Baz Loris 76 FRA 3 Ten Kate Racing - Yamaha Yamaha 1.849
8 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 2 Team HRC Honda 7.145
9 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 1 Team Goeleven Ducati 7.219
10 Scheib Maximilian 77 CHI 0 Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki 7.433
11 Cortese Sandro 11 GER 0 OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 9.678
12 Fores Xavi 12 SPA 0 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 10.744
13 Davies Chaz 7 GBR 0 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 11.124
14 Caricasulo Federico 64 ITA 0 GRT Yamaha Junior Team Yamaha 31.961
15 Takahashi Takumi 13 JPN 0 MIE Racing Althea Honda Team Honda 36.341
16 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 0 Team HRC Honda 3 Laps
WorldSBK 2020
Race Round 01   Australia

Race 2 (Laps 22 = 97,790 Km)

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 25 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 34'04.327
2 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR 20 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 0.037
3 Redding Scott 45 GBR 16 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 0.849
4 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 13 Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1.784
5 Davies Chaz 7 GBR 11 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 4.278
6 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 10 Team HRC Honda 4.322
7 Scheib Maximilian 77 CHI 9 Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki 4.829
8 Baz Loris 76 FRA 8 Ten Kate Racing - Yamaha Yamaha 6.172
9 Cortese Sandro 11 GER 7 OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 11.057
10 Sykes Tom 66 GBR 6 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 17.204
11 Fores Xavi 12 SPA 5 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 33.338
12 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 4 Team HRC Honda 33.779
13 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 3 Team Goeleven Ducati 8 Laps
14 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR 2 Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 3 Laps
15 Caricasulo Federico 64 ITA 1 GRT Yamaha Junior Team Yamaha 12 Laps
16 Takahashi Takumi 13 JPN 0 MIE Racing Althea Honda Team Honda 17 Laps
WorldSBK 2020

Rider standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 51 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki
2 Redding Scott 45 GBR 39 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati
3 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR 36 Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha
4 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR 32 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki
5 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 31 Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha
6 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 20 Team HRC Honda
7 Baz Loris 76 FRA 20 Ten Kate Racing - Yamaha Yamaha
8 Davies Chaz 7 GBR 19 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati
9 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 17 Team HRC Honda
10 Sykes Tom 66 GBR 17 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW
11 Scheib Maximilian 77 CHI 10 Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki
12 Cortese Sandro 11 GER 10 OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki
13 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 10 Team Goeleven Ducati
14 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 5 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW
15 Fores Xavi 12 SPA 5 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki
16 Caricasulo Federico 64 ITA 5 GRT Yamaha Junior Team Yamaha
17 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA 2 GRT Yamaha Junior Team Yamaha
18 Takahashi Takumi 13 JPN 0 MIE Racing Althea Honda Team Honda
Location Information

The beautiful Phillip Island circuit on the Bass Straight, off the coast of Victoria in Australia, is one of the most iconic and exciting venues in world motorsport. WorldSBK™ first raced at Phillip Island in 1990, just after the first MotoGP™ visit in 1989. Phillip Island Circuit Back Beach Road,… read more.

POLE POSITION LEFT
LENGTH 4.445 Km
CORNERS 12
RIGHT CORNERS 5
LEFT CORNERS 7

Records

Pole Record 1'29.230 (179,33 Km/h) T. Sykes (BMW S1000 RR, 2020)
Race Record 1'30.075 (177,65 Km/h) J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2019)
All Time Record 1'29.230 (179,33 Km/h) T. Sykes (BMW S1000 RR, 2020)
2020 Race 1 Winner Toprak Razgatlioglu (Yamaha YZF R1)
2020 Superpole Race Winner J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR)
2020 Race 2 Winner A. Lowes (Kawasaki ZX-10RR)