A solid frontrunner across all sessions over the last few rounds, Alvaro Bautista scored a top five finish in today’s Race 1 at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit, after having achieved third place during the morning’s Tissot Superpole, the best qualifying result of the season so far for both rider and Team HRC. After a less than perfect start from tenth on the grid, Leon Haslam found himself in fifteenth place early on in the race. Keeping his cool, the Brit was able to make up several positions to ultimately cross the line in tenth position.

Earlier in the day, riders took part in the final free practice, which ran on a half wet-half dry track. The Superpole then took place on an almost dry track just a couple of hours later. Both Bautista and Haslam made good inroads right from the start, switching to the qualifying tyre in the final stages. The Spanish rider set his fastest time in the final two minutes of the 25-minute session, a 1.41’757 to qualify in third place. Haslam’s best flying lap on the qualifying solution was a 1’42.421 which saw him place tenth come the session’s end, so a fourth-row race start for the Brit.

The weekend’s first race got underway at 2pm local time. From third on the grid, Alvaro lost a few places off the line, positioning seventh through lap one. He quickly moved back up into fifth place, pushing to stick with fourth-placed van der Mark before passing the Dutchman on lap seven. Suffering from a drop in tyre performance during the latter stages, the Spaniard fought hard to secure the best possible result, battling with van der Mark almost to the line and earning himself a solid top five finish in the process. Team-mate Haslam was lying fifteenth through the opening stages, but gradually began to make up positions as he got into his rhythm. Positioning twelfth by the mid-race point, the Brit continued to make progress, maintaining consistent pace and defending himself from an attack by Folger in the final stages to cross the line in tenth place. 

Alvaro Bautista 19

5th

“We are making gradual progress and today we achieved our best grid position so far this season, with a front row start. We didn’t have much chance to practice in dry conditions, so we were unsure how we would do over race distance. I think I expected to be faster than I was, but we had a little set-up issue which we will work to fix for tomorrow. We are using a different clutch here and I am very happy with the feeling it offers but it’s different to the last one and that means we also have to alter the electronics accordingly and we didn’t have much time to do that this weekend. I started to have a few more issues once the tyre performance dropped off, but I am happy that we’re working well and consistently and were able to finish fifth today. We’ll see if we can make another step forward to be more competitive in the race.”

Leon Haslam 91

10th

“It was a tough race. Missing yesterday’s dry FP1 session made things harder of course, and then I made a bad start to the race, dropping a long way back down the field through the first turns. I got into a better rhythm mid-race but I was mainly focusing on managing the issues, adapting my riding and control the situation. I eventually won the battle for tenth and we’ve made up one position in the championship, so those are positives, but we have work to do ahead of tomorrow. Hopefully we can make some improvements for the next races.”

WorldSBK 2020
Race Round 06   Catalunya

Results Superpole

Dry
Humidity
76%
Track Temp
24°C
Air Temp
24°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'41.619
2 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 0.094
3 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Team HRC Honda 0.138
4 Sykes Tom 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 0.204
5 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 0.354
6 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA Team GOELEVEN Ducati 0.597
7 Redding Scott 45 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 0.603
8 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 0.640
9 Baz Loris 76 FRA Ten Kate Racing Yamaha Yamaha 0.701
10 Haslam Leon 91 GBR Team HRC Honda 0.802
11 Davies Chaz 7 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 0.803
12 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 0.936
13 Caricasulo Federico 64 ITA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 0.967
14 Fores Xavi 12 SPA Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 0.996
15 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 1.044
16 Barrier Sylvain 20 FRA Brixx Performance Ducati 1.624
17 Cavalieri Samuele 97 ITA BARNI Racing Team Ducati 1.874
18 Zanetti Lorenzo ITA 2.467
19 Takahashi Takumi 13 JPN MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 2.669
20 Debise Valentin 53 FRA OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 3.416
21 Folger Jonas 94 GER Bonovo Action by MGM Racing Yamaha NQ
WorldSBK 2020
Race Round 06   Catalunya

Results Race 1

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR 25 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 34'34.245
2 Redding Scott 45 GBR 20 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 2.625
3 Davies Chaz 7 GBR 16 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 4.459
4 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 13 PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 6.078
5 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 11 Team HRC Honda 6.989
6 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR 10 PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 8.770
7 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 9 Team GOELEVEN Ducati 11.676
8 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA 8 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 15.639
9 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 7 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 18.128
10 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 6 Team HRC Honda 22.344
11 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 5 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 22.460
12 Folger Jonas 94 GER 4 Bonovo Action by MGM Racing Yamaha 22.934
13 Fores Xavi 12 SPA 3 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 25.428
14 Baz Loris 76 FRA 2 Ten Kate Racing Yamaha Yamaha 26.083
15 Caricasulo Federico 64 ITA 1 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 31.880
16 Cavalieri Samuele 97 ITA 0 BARNI Racing Team Ducati 37.361
17 Zanetti Lorenzo ITA 0 40.668
18 Barrier Sylvain 20 FRA 0 Brixx Performance Ducati 48.001
19 Takahashi Takumi 13 JPN 0 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 55.793
20 Debise Valentin 53 FRA 0 OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 1'02.531
21 Sykes Tom 66 GBR 0 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 14 Laps
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 1'41.619 (163,58 Km/h) J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2020)
Race Record 1'41.828 (163,92 Km/h) A. Bautista (Honda CBR1000RR-R, 2020, SPRC)
All Time Record 1'41.619 (163,58 Km/h) J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2020)
2020 Race 1 Winner J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR)
2020 Superpole Winner M. Van der Mark (Yamaha YZF R1 )
2020 Race 2 Winner J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR)