Round 5 of the Superbike World Championship draws to a conclusion at the Motorland Aragón circuit in Spain with promising results for Team HRC, rider Alvaro Bautista finishing fourth in the Superpole race, Leon Haslam scoring the same result in the second Superbike race. 

Despite an unfortunate outcome in two of the weekend’s three races, Bautista nevertheless demonstrated that he consistently had the pace for a potential podium finish. 

After a brief early morning warm-up session, the 10-lap Tissot Superpole race got underway at 11am. Starting from the second row of the grid, Bautista was quickly up into sixth position. From lap four he was caught up in a battle with Razgatlioglu for fifth, soon passing him before moving up into fourth position on lap seven. Skilfully defending his position from Davies during the closing stages, the Spaniard crossed the line in fourth position. Haslam was lying eighth through the opening stages. The Brit battled briefly with Sykes mid-race, exchanging positions with him before crossing the line in eventual eighth position.

The HRC riders returned to the track in the early afternoon for the final 18-lap Superbike race. Bautista, fourth off the line, held his position through the opening laps, very much part of the leading group and in the mix for what could well have been a podium finish. Unfortunately it was not meant to be, and a crash on lap four, heading into turn 9, prevented him from continuing what promised to be a strong race. Eighth on the grid, Haslam got away well and made up one place off the line. Up into sixth on lap two, the British rider got into a good rhythm that allowed him to move into fifth position on lap five. Roughly one second down on the fourth-placed rider, Haslam worked to close the gap, eventually progressing to fourth on lap thirteen when Davies crashed ahead of him. Leon was able to effectively manage the final stages of his race and cross the line in fourth position, scoring his best result of the season and thirteen valuable championship points in the process.

Five rounds in to the 2020 season and Bautista lies eighth in the championship standings with 83 points, while Haslam positions tenth with 75 points. Team HRC will return to Spain for round 6 of the WorldSBK championship, scheduled to take place at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya over the weekend of 18-20 September.

Leon Haslam 91

SPRC 8th | RC2 4th

“I’m really happy with the race 2 result as we’ve been trying to put everything together to run a more consistent race and that’s what we did today. I got caught up in a battle with Razgatlioglu in the early stages, but once I passed him, I was able to maintain a strong rhythm and stick with Davies, a rider who is generally very strong at this track. We still have areas in which we want to improve of course but for me, this was the best and most consistent race we’ve had up until now and so hopefully we can take what we’ve learned and apply it at the next round in Barcelona.”

Alvaro Bautista 19

SPRC 4th | RC2 DNF

“It was a pity about the crash, we are working really hard and so it’s disappointing. In the Superpole race, we fought hard. I lost a few places off the line but soon made up the lost ground and had some good battles with other riders. In the second race, I made a good start and was part of the leading group. I was on the limit, but this time I was up there with the frontrunners which is positive. Unfortunately though, I lost the front at turn 9 and there was nothing I could do. We might not be making big steps forward but we’re focusing on small details and it is those that make the difference, and I’d say that we are constantly growing. I’m sorry about the way this weekend is ending because the result doesn’t reflect our hard work. At the next round we need to try and find a way to have a little more of a margin in the races. Thanks to HRC and my team as the guys all worked really hard for me again this weekend.”

WorldSBK 2020
Race Round 05   Aragon

Results Superpole Race

Sunny
Humidity
58%
Track Temp
29°C
Air Temp
21°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Redding Scott 45 GBR 12 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 18'22.141
2 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR 9 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 0.970
3 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 7 Team GOELEVEN Ducati 3.685
4 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 6 Team HRC Honda 4.833
5 Davies Chaz 7 GBR 5 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 5.097
6 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 4 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 5.725
7 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR 3 PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 7.822
8 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 2 Team HRC Honda 7.866
9 Sykes Tom 66 GBR 1 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 8.210
10 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 0 PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 8.587
11 Baz Loris 76 FRA 0 Ten Kate Racing Yamaha Yamaha 9.942
12 Caricasulo Federico 64 ITA 0 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 10.363
13 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA 0 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 11.926
14 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 0 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 16.157
15 Scheib Maximilian 77 CHI 0 ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 16.237
16 Fores Xavi 12 SPA 0 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 16.529
17 Melandri Marco 33 ITA 0 BARNI Racing Team Ducati 17.384
18 Ferrari Matteo 71 ITA 0 Motocorsa Racing Ducati 28.204
19 Barrier Sylvain 20 FRA 0 Brixx Performance Ducati 30.917
20 RAMOS Román 40 SPA 0 OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 31.003
21 Takahashi Takumi 13 JPN 0 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 32.699
WorldSBK 2020
Race Round 05   Aragon

Results Race 2

Sunny
Humidity
48%
Track Temp
40°C
Air Temp
24°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR 25 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 33'20.294
2 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 20 Team GOELEVEN Ducati 1.244
3 Redding Scott 45 GBR 16 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 5.326
4 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 13 Team HRC Honda 9.357
5 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 11 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 10.761
6 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 10 PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 15.679
7 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR 9 PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 16.897
8 Baz Loris 76 FRA 8 Ten Kate Racing Yamaha Yamaha 22.541
9 Caricasulo Federico 64 ITA 7 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 22.650
10 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA 6 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 22.854
11 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 5 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 23.729
12 Melandri Marco 33 ITA 4 BARNI Racing Team Ducati 28.380
13 Fores Xavi 12 SPA 3 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 31.630
14 Ferrari Matteo 71 ITA 2 Motocorsa Racing Ducati 44.264
15 RAMOS Román 40 SPA 1 OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 48.200
16 Takahashi Takumi 13 JPN 0 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 49.080
17 Davies Chaz 7 GBR 0 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 6 Laps
18 Barrier Sylvain 20 FRA 0 Brixx Performance Ducati 10 Laps
19 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 0 Team HRC Honda 13 Laps
20 Scheib Maximilian 77 CHI 0 ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 16 Laps
21 Sykes Tom 66 GBR 0 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW
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)