Today’s opening WorldSBK race at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit saw Team HRC rider Leon Haslam cross the line seventh and Alvaro Bautista ninth in what was a wet and action-packed race.

After making some final set-up adjustments during the third practice session, the two Team HRC riders headed out for the Tissot Superpole, which ran in dry conditions. It all came down to the final frenetic two minutes of the session, during which almost every rider set their quickest lap times. Haslam completed a fast lap early on, but his time was subsequently cancelled for exceeding the track limits, which only made him more determined to score a strong result. In the final seconds, Leon recorded an impressive 1’41.253 with which he concluded the qualifying in seventh place. Struggling with the rear grip, Bautista set a fastest time of 1’42.055 in the final stages to place sixteenth.

The weekend’s first 20-lap race got underway at 3:15pm local time in full wet conditions. From the third row of the grid, Haslam was lying eleventh by the end of the opening lap and moved into ninth on lap two. He continued to gain ground in the early stages, lapping with a consistently fast pace and placing seventh by lap four. Part of a group of British riders, Haslam was lying eighth at the mid-race point but was able to regain his earlier position in the final laps to finish today’s race in seventh place. Bautista got off the line well and was in fourteenth place through the first laps before progressing to eleventh by lap six. Placing tenth by the mid-race point, he made up one position in the latter stages to cross the line ninth.

Alvaro Bautista 19

RC1 P9

"This morning’s track conditions were much better than yesterday and we were able to lap faster in the final free practice session, but then in qualifying we really struggled. The rear tyre was spinning a lot and I didn't have any grip, which meant I couldn't make a really good lap, so we started very far back in Race 1. The first part of the race was difficult, as the rear tyre was still spinning a lot. I changed mapping and started to feel better, especially with the engine brake and traction control. As a result, I started to gain some confidence and increase my pace and, from the middle of the race onwards, I was able to race with similar pace to the front group. We made up a few positions, after which the gap was too big. We have collated a lot of information anyway, so let's see what kind of weather we will have tomorrow and if we can use today’s experience to get a better result”.

Leon Haslam 91

RC1 P7

“Qualifying was positive and we were not so far off, similar to Magny-Cours really. We have a more stable dry setting anyway, that’s for sure. But I was still looking forward to racing in the rain because I felt we might have the opportunity to perhaps go for the podium. Unfortunately though, right from lap one I really struggled with corner entry. I tried to get around it, and was able to fight with a few riders, but I honestly feel that I could have been faster if we had chosen a slightly different engine-brake setting. We’ll see how the weather is tomorrow and if we can fight for a better result”.

WorldSBK 2021
Race Round 09   Catalunya

Results Tissot Superpole

Sunny
Humidity
63%
Track Temp
32°C
Air Temp
24°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Sykes Tom 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'40.408
2 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'40.694 0.286
3 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'40.921 0.513
4 Redding Scott 45 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'40.978 0.570
5 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'41.086 0.678
6 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'41.129 0.721
7 Haslam Leon 91 GBR Team HRC Honda 1'41.253 0.845
8 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'41.275 0.867
9 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'41.320 0.912
10 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1'41.405 0.997
11 Bassani Alex 47 ITA Motocorsa Racing Ducati 1'41.632 1.224
12 Nozane Kohta 3 JPN GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1'41.744 1.336
13 Davies Chaz 7 GBR Team GOELEVEN Ducati 1'41.791 1.383
14 Cavalieri Samuele 76 ITA TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 1'41.801 1.393
15 Mahias Lucas 44 FRA Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 1'41.808 1.400
16 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'42.055 1.647
17 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 1'42.215 1.807
18 Folger Jonas 94 GER Bonovo MGM Racing BMW 1'42.257 1.849
19 Vinales Isaac 32 SPA ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 1'42.446 2.038
20 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA Alstare Yamaha Yamaha 1'42.460 2.052
21 Cresson Loris 84 BEL TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 1'43.841 3.433
22 Epis Lachlan 83 NZL OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 1'45.732 5.324
WorldSBK 2021
Race Round 09   Catalunya

Results Race 1

Wet
Humidity
82%
Track Temp
26°C
Air Temp
23°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Redding Scott 45 GBR 25 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 39'08.002
2 Bassani Alex 47 ITA 20 Motocorsa Racing Ducati 1.577
3 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 16 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 2.326
4 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR 13 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 4.554
5 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 11 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 6.518
6 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 10 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 8.514
7 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 9 Team HRC Honda 12.695
8 Sykes Tom 66 GBR 8 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 15.346
9 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 7 Team HRC Honda 16.938
10 Davies Chaz 7 GBR 6 Team GOELEVEN Ducati 33.386
11 Nozane Kohta 3 JPN 5 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 33.394
12 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA 4 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 34.169
13 Mahias Lucas 44 FRA 3 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 34.565
14 Vinales Isaac 32 SPA 2 ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 44.546
15 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG 1 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 58.200
16 Cavalieri Samuele 76 ITA 0 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 1'07.818
17 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA 0 Alstare Yamaha Yamaha 1'22.762
18 Cresson Loris 84 BEL 0 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 1'25.638
19 Folger Jonas 94 GER 0 Bonovo MGM Racing BMW 1'27.363
20 Epis Lachlan 83 NZL 0 OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 1 Lap
21 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR DNF PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 6 Laps
22 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA DNF GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha
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 1'40.408 (166,971 Km/h) T. Sykes (BMW M 1000 RR, 2021)
Race Record 1'41.493 (165,19 Km/h) T.Razgatlioglu (Yamaha YZF R1, 2021, SPRC)
All Time Record 1'40.408 (166,971 Km/h) T. Sykes (BMW M 1000 RR, 2021)
2021 Race 1 Winner S. Redding (Ducati V4 R)
2021 Superpole Winner J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR)
2021 Race 2 Winner M. Rinaldi (Ducati V4 R)