Team HRC has concluded round 3 of the Superbike World Championship at the Portimão circuit in Portugal with a top five finish with Alvaro Bautista in the weekend’s third and final race. 

The 10-lap Superpole race got underway at 11am. Tenth off the line, Haslam immediately moved up into eighth. Able to maintain a consistent pace throughout the short sprint, the Brit retained eighth for almost the entire race, dropping down just one position on the final lap to cross the line ninth. Bautista was lying thirteenth through the opening laps but soon made up ground to move up into eleventh, a position he then held all the way to the finish line. 

Lining up for race 2 later in the afternoon, the HRC riders started from eighth (Haslam) and eleventh (Bautista). Leon made an excellent start, moving quickly into sixth position. Progressing to fifth place on lap seven, the Brit unfortunately suffered a crash on lap eleven as he headed into turn 5. Unhurt and able to get straight back on his bike, Haslam re-joined the race in thirteenth position, battling to finish the race inside the points zone and ultimately crossing the line in thirteenth place to score three precious championship points.

Alvaro was lying tenth on lap two but was able to set a consistent pace and to gain good ground through the subsequent laps, to position seventh by lap eight. The Spaniard progressively moved up into fifth position and, in the final stages, pushed hard to reach Davies immediately ahead of him but unfortunately the gap that had opened up prevented him from catching the Welshman, Bautista thus crossing the line fifth to score his best result of the season so far.

Three rounds into the championship and Bautista lies seventh in the overall standings with 55 points, Haslam positions eleventh with 36 points.

Alvaro Bautista 19

SPRC 11th | RACE2 5th

“Our aim today was to try and improve on yesterday’s feeling. This morning in the Superpole race, I lost quite a lot at the start and then couldn’t make up the lost ground given the limited laps. In the second Superbike race, I started from the same position as yesterday and again found that I was having to make a lot of effort in the early stages to hold my position. The track was more slippery this afternoon and we saw a few crashes, so you have to manage the situation and adapt the best you can. I understood how much I could push, and I tried to ride according to that limit. The good thing is that we can be constant throughout the race. We are definitely taking small steps forward, and we’re happy we’re making progress of course, but we want to be further forward.”

Leon Haslam 91

SPRC 9th | RACE2 13th

“The sprint race was not bad over the first few laps, and it was nice to be up there in the mix, but from about mid-race we started to have some issues. We managed to just hold onto ninth to finish inside the points zone so that was better than nothing. We made some small steps in the final race of the day and things felt a little better. I was battling with Chaz for fifth but unfortunately on around lap seven or eight I had a problem and crashed. It was the first time I felt I could really fight so it was a little frustrating, but at least I was able to get back on the bike and finish the race. We have another test coming up, so we’ll be using that to try and solve some of the problems we’ve had this weekend as we prepare for the next rounds.”

WorldSBK 2020
Race Round 03   Portugal

Results Superpole Race (10 Laps)

Sunny
Humidity
44%
Track Temp
36°C
Air Temp
29°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR 12 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 17'00.623
2 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR 9 PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 2.946
3 Baz Loris 76 FRA 7 Ten Kate Racing Yamaha Yamaha 4.748
4 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 6 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 5.374
5 Redding Scott 45 GBR 5 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 6.605
6 Sykes Tom 66 GBR 4 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 7.723
7 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 3 PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 9.138
8 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 2 Team GOELEVEN Ducati 13.675
9 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 1 Team HRC Honda 13.776
10 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA 0 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 14.245
11 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 0 Team HRC Honda 14.318
12 Caricasulo Federico 64 ITA 0 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 17.399
13 Fores Xavi 12 SPA 0 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 19.224
14 Mercado Leandro 38 ARG 0 Motocorsa Racing Ducati 21.240
15 Melandri Marco 33 ITA 0 BARNI Racing Team Ducati 33.300
16 Barrier Sylvain 20 FRA 0 Brixx Performance Ducati 35.714
17 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA 0 Nuova M2 Racing Aprilia 36.394
18 Gabellini Lorenzo 63 ITA 0 MIE Racing Althea HONDA Team Honda 39.361
19 Takahashi Takumi 13 JPN 0 MIE Racing Althea HONDA Team Honda 40.736
20 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 0 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1 Lap
21 Scheib Maximilian 77 CHI 0 ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 4 Laps
22 Davies Chaz 7 GBR 0 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 7 Laps
WorldSBK 2020
Race Round 03   Portugal

Results Race 2 (20 Laps)

Sunny
Humidity
42%
Track Temp
46°C
Air Temp
32°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR 25 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 34'36.949
2 Redding Scott 45 GBR 20 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 4.360
3 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 16 PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 4.453
4 Davies Chaz 7 GBR 13 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 8.363
5 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 11 Team HRC Honda 10.336
6 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 10 Team GOELEVEN Ducati 12.566
7 Sykes Tom 66 GBR 9 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 14.565
8 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR 8 PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 26.231
9 Caricasulo Federico 64 ITA 7 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 28.103
10 Mercado Leandro 38 ARG 6 Motocorsa Racing Ducati 32.926
11 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA 5 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 33.229
12 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 4 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 46.555
13 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 3 Team HRC Honda 46.573
14 Melandri Marco 33 ITA 2 BARNI Racing Team Ducati 49.902
15 Barrier Sylvain 20 FRA 1 Brixx Performance Ducati 52.293
16 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA 0 Nuova M2 Racing Aprilia 1'05.643
17 Gabellini Lorenzo 63 ITA 0 MIE Racing Althea HONDA Team Honda 1'06.784
18 Takahashi Takumi 13 JPN 0 MIE Racing Althea HONDA Team Honda 1'06.784
19 Fores Xavi 12 SPA 0 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 5 Laps
20 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 0 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 12 Laps
21 Scheib Maximilian 77 CHI 0 ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 19 Laps
22 Baz Loris 76 FRA 0 Ten Kate Racing Yamaha Yamaha
Location Information

Autódromo Internacional do Algarve   Sitio do Escampadinho, Mexilhoeira Grande, 8500-148 Portimão, Portugal autodromodoalgarve.com

Pole Position Right
Length 4.592 Km
Corners 15
Right Corners 9
Left Corners 6

Records

Pole Record 1'40.372 (164,70 Km/h) J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2019)
Race Record 1'41.272 (163,24 Km/h) J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2019)
All Time Record 1'40.372 (164,70 Km/h) J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2019)
2020 Race 1 Winner J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR)
2020 Superpole Winner J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR)
2020 Race 2 Winner J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR)