The seventh and penultimate round of the 2020 Superbike World Championship is now underway at the French circuit of Nevers Magny-Cours. 

In today’s first free practice, Alvaro Bautista and Leon Haslam Bautista  focused on their rain set-up and feeling, particularly as these conditions may well be replicated in at least one of the upcoming races. By the end of session one, Haslam was lying tenth with a 1’52.640, Bautista nineteenth (1’56.871).

The afternoon’s second session was also held in wet conditions but as the track started to dry a little through the later stages, most of the field were able to improve on the times they set earlier in the day, the Team HRC riders included.

While Haslam took a big step forward in the final minutes of the session, recording a 1’49.956, which positioned him eighth overall, Bautista was able to  significantly improve on his times lap after lap as track conditions improved, though it was still not enough and he finished eighteenth with a 1’52.730.

Leon Haslam 91

8th 1'49.956

“This morning we didn’t make so many laps as we were working on a few different things. My feeling wasn’t immediately great in the wet conditions, but we continued to work this afternoon and have made some good steps. Using the same tyre as the other guys, we were able to get faster and faster throughout the session, and I think I set my best time right at the end. We have some areas on which to work tomorrow, but I’d say we’re getting there. Now we just have to see what the weather brings tomorrow.”

Alvaro Bautista 19

18th 1'52.730

“Today conditions were full wet. This morning I had some difficulties, especially with my feeling at the rear because I basically had no grip. So for the afternoon we tried two different settings and, while the first one didn’t help me, the second has been interesting because it also incorporates some little improvements, some links, that Honda has brought here. My feeling improved as a result, and although it’s not yet where it was at Barcelona, it’s still a step compared to this morning. The low temperatures don’t help and the wet conditions are quite new for us to interpret with our bike, but we are working hard, also with the electronics, and continue to learn and get closer to what we need with every session. So, all in all, a bit of a different day in these conditions but always on the road to improvement. We’ll see what conditions are like tomorrow.”

WorldSBK 2020
Free Practice Round 07   France

Free Practices Combined Results after FP2

Wet
Humidity
90%
Track Temp
15°C
Air Temp
12°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 1'48.830
2 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 0.015
3 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA Team GOELEVEN Ducati 0.084
4 Baz Loris 76 FRA Ten Kate Racing Yamaha Yamaha 0.582
5 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 0.722
6 Sykes Tom 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 0.887
7 Redding Scott 45 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1.069
8 Haslam Leon 91 GBR Team HRC Honda 1.126
9 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1.192
10 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 1.637
11 Davies Chaz 7 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1.813
12 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 2.096
13 Fores Xavi 12 SPA Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 2.129
14 Mercado Leandro 38 ARG Motocorsa Racing Ducati 2.357
15 Debise Valentin 53 FRA OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 3.444
16 Caricasulo Federico 64 ITA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 3.444
17 Barrier Sylvain 20 FRA Brixx Performance Ducati 3.655
18 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Team HRC Honda 3.900
19 Pinsach Xavier 34 SPA ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 4.644
20 Takahashi Takumi 13 JPN MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 5.314
21 Cavalieri Samuele 97 ITA BARNI Racing Team Ducati 8.663
Location Information

Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours Technopole – 58470 Magny-Cours – France   Magny Cours

POLE POSITION RIGHT
LENGTH 4.411 Km
CORNERS 17
RIGHT CORNERS 9
LEFT CORNERS 8

Records

Pole Record 1'35.696 (165,94 Km/h) T.Sykes (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2018)
Race Record 1'37.018 (163,68 Km/h) T.Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2019)
All Time Record 1'35.696 (165,94 Km/h) T.Sykes (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2018)
2020 Race 1 Winner J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR)
2020 Superpole Race Winner J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR)
2020 Race 2 Winner S. Redding (Ducati Panigale V4 R)