Team HRC has successfully completed round four of the Superbike world championship at Motorland Aragón, scoring its first podium of the 2020 season with Alvaro Bautista, who finished third with his CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP in today’s second Superbike race.

The 10-lap Tissot Superpole race got underway at 11am in warm and sunny conditions. Sixth on the grid, Haslam made a good start and was lying seventh through the initial laps, followed by his team-mate in eighth. Bautista then passed the Brit on lap three, before making up two more positions to move into fifth place on lap seven. Passing Razgatlioglu on the very next lap, the Spaniard held fourth position all the way to the line to score his best race result of the season thus far. Haslam lost a little ground mid-race and was lying tenth on lap seven. The gap that had opened up between him and those immediately ahead proved impossible to close, the Brit therefore concluding the race in tenth position.

Lining up for race 2 later in the afternoon, Bautista benefitted from a second row start thanks to his Superpole race result. Lying fourth through the first corners, the Spaniard was able to move up inside the top three on lap two, battling briefly with van der Mark to defend third through the subsequent laps. Thanks to his consistently strong pace, Alvaro was able to stick within a second of the second-placed rider for almost the entire race and secure the squad’s first podium of the 2020 season, crossing the line a clear third.

Tenth on the grid, Haslam was able to make up two positions already on lap one to place eighth. Fighting as part of a group of three riders, the British rider was lying ninth on lap eleven. Caught up in a four-way battle in the final stages of the 18-lap race, Leon pushed hard and gained two places through the very final corners, closing seventh and scoring valuable championship points in the process.

Team HRC will remain in Spain as round 5 of the WorldSBK championship will take place next weekend (4-6 September) at the very same Motorland Aragón circuit.

Alvaro Bautista 19

SPR 4th | Race2 3rd

“I’m so happy with this podium because it’s a result of all our hard work so far. We’ve been able to take another good step forward this weekend. I was also pleased with my fourth-place result in the Superpole race, as it’s not easy over such a limited number of laps. We can say we’re on our way to achieving our target, which is to win, though there is still work to do of course. I am happy with the way we are developing the bike and we clearly have good potential. Now it’s a case of fine tuning the whole package and continuing to work step by step. I want to thank HRC and Honda and all my mechanics who have worked so hard to resolve various issues that emerged over the weekend. They all really deserve this podium. We are making clear progress, I’m gaining confidence race by race, and I’m looking forward to seeing if we can take another step forward next weekend here at the same track.”

Leon Haslam 91

SPR 10th | Race 2 7th

“It’s been a little frustrating because in testing here two weeks ago, things were going well and we were consistent in our performance. But when we started the work this weekend, we had some problems and race 1 and the sprint race were both difficult for me. Race 2 on the other hand was very positive, it was the first time I was able to really battle with other riders and fight until the final corner, beating those in my group on the last lap to close seventh. So there were many positives in the last race, and Bautista finishing on the podium is another big positive of course. When we’re both struggling it’s not good for motivation but when you see your team-mate make the podium you realise where the bike can be. Hopefully we can take what we’ve learned and take the next step next weekend.”

WorldSBK 2020
Race Round 04   Aragon

Results Superpole Race (10 Laps)

Sunny
Humidity
50%
Track Temp
26°C
Air Temp
18°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR 12 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 18'22.815
2 Redding Scott 45 GBR 9 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 2.635
3 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 7 PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 4.041
4 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 6 Team HRC Honda 5.560
5 Davies Chaz 7 GBR 5 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 5.976
6 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 4 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 6.232
7 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR 3 PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 7.094
8 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 2 Team GOELEVEN Ducati 7.589
9 Baz Loris 76 FRA 1 Ten Kate Racing Yamaha Yamaha 7.909
10 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 0 Team HRC Honda 11.399
11 Caricasulo Federico 64 ITA 0 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 13.204
12 Fores Xavi 12 SPA 0 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 14.430
13 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA 0 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 16.096
14 Scheib Maximilian 77 CHI 0 ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 16.266
15 Sykes Tom 66 GBR 0 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 17.958
16 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 0 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 23.574
17 Melandri Marco 33 ITA 0 BARNI Racing Team Ducati 24.169
18 Barrier Sylvain 20 FRA 0 Brixx Performance Ducati 26.146
19 RAMOS Román 40 SPA 0 OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 26.790
20 Takahashi Takumi 13 JPN 0 MIE Racing Althea HONDA Team Honda 39.799
21 Gabellini Lorenzo 63 ITA 0 MIE Racing Althea HONDA Team Honda 1'08.958
22 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA DNF Nuova M2 Racing Aprilia
23 Mercado Leandro 38 ARG DNF Motocorsa Racing Ducati
WorldSBK 2020
Race Round 04   Aragon

Results Race 2

Sunny
Humidity
41%
Track Temp
36°C
Air Temp
21°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR 25 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 33'18.756
2 Davies Chaz 7 GBR 20 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1.280
3 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 16 Team HRC Honda 3.599
4 Redding Scott 45 GBR 13 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 5.445
5 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 11 Team GOELEVEN Ducati 6.687
6 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 10 PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 9.561
7 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 9 Team HRC Honda 20.911
8 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR 8 PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 21.248
9 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 7 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 21.399
10 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA 6 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 21.717
11 Fores Xavi 12 SPA 5 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 21.809
12 Sykes Tom 66 GBR 4 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 22.012
13 Caricasulo Federico 64 ITA 3 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 25.244
14 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 2 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 30.088
15 Scheib Maximilian 77 CHI 1 ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 36.546
16 Barrier Sylvain 20 FRA 0 Brixx Performance Ducati 49.074
17 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA 0 Nuova M2 Racing Aprilia 55.511
18 Takahashi Takumi 13 JPN 0 MIE Racing Althea HONDA Team Honda 1'00.754
19 Gabellini Lorenzo 63 ITA 0 MIE Racing Althea HONDA Team Honda 1'35.650
20 RAMOS Román 40 SPA 0 OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 1 Lap
21 Melandri Marco 33 ITA 0 BARNI Racing Team Ducati 8 Laps
22 Baz Loris 76 FRA 0 Ten Kate Racing Yamaha Yamaha 14 Laps
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)