A challenging penultimate Superbike World Championship round has concluded for Team HRC at the San Juan Villicum circuit in Argentina. Riders Alvaro Bautista and Leon Haslam rounded out the day’s two races with a tenth- and an eleventh- place finish apiece.

The 10-lap Tissot Superpole race got underway at 12pm local time in sunny but rather windy conditions. Lining up in tenth position, Haslam held his starting position from start to finish, riding consistently to finish the short sprint in the top ten. Team-mate Bautista meanwhile made up one position through the opening lap to place fourteenth and was up into eleventh by lap four. Three seconds behind Haslam in tenth, the Spaniard did his best to close this gap but was not quite able to do so, considering the limited number of laps available to him. Bautista therefore crossed the line eleventh, immediately behind his team-mate.

The Team HRC riders were back on track for the final race of the weekend at 3pm local time. Ninth on the grid, Haslam made a very strong start and was up into seventh through the first turns. He lost a few positions in the early stages of the race, while Bautista retained his starting position, fourteenth, through lap one, but then gradually started to make progress. By the mid-race point, Alvaro had caught his team-mate, the Team HCR pair lying tenth and eleventh. Holding these positions for several laps, Bautista then passed Haslam in the final stages to cross the line tenth, followed by Leon, eleventh.

In the championship standings, Bautista positions tenth with 180 points, Haslam twelfth on 134. The final Superbike World Championship round will be held at the new Mandalika circuit in Indonesia on 19-21 November.

Alvaro Bautista 19

SPRC P11 RC2 P10

"Today we tried to improve our feeling with respect to yesterday because I’ve been struggling all weekend here to be honest. By making some adjustments to the electronics, we took a small step forward and my pace improved a little bit in the Superpole race as a result. Then in Race 2 we made another small step in terms of feeling, and I was able to maintain a more consistent pace, almost one second faster than I had been up until that point. Let's say that we have progressed during the weekend but unfortunately not enough to run closer to the front. We’ve struggled at this track, yes, but I think that the work completed and the information gathered will be useful to the technicians in the future. I thank HRC as always because they continue to work really hard. Now we have time to rest up after so many weeks and races in a row. It’s almost a month until the last round in Indonesia, at a track that is new for everyone, so we will see; it’s always interesting to discover a new track."

Leon Haslam 91

SPRC P10 RC2 P11

“To be honest, the result was essentially what we expected. I struggled over the last six laps or so in race 2, as we had a similar brake problem as in the previous race, but generally the bike was quite stable and Alvaro and me were together for a good part of the race. I finished all three races in tenth or eleventh place, which is more or less where we thought we’d be here; we did what we could. On Wednesday I will be in Barcelona for a minor surgery on my bicep tendon (right arm), something we’ve been managing during recent rounds, and then, if the recovery is as quick as it should be, I’ll be fit for Indonesia where I hope to finish the season strong.”

WorldSBK 2021
Race Round 12   Argentina

Results Tissot Superpole Race

Sunny
Humidity
24%
Track Temp
35°C
Air Temp
19°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR 12 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 16'20.713
2 Redding Scott 45 GBR 9 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 0.046
3 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR 7 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 3.419
4 Bassani Alex 47 ITA 6 Motocorsa Racing Ducati 5.407
5 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 5 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 8.556
6 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA 4 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 9.608
7 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA 3 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 9.821
8 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 2 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 10.415
9 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 1 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 12.063
10 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 0 Team HRC Honda 15.170
11 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 0 Team HRC Honda 15.685
12 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 0 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 18.017
13 Davies Chaz 7 GBR 0 Team GOELEVEN Ducati 18.470
14 Nozane Kohta 3 JPN 0 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 20.327
15 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 0 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 20.341
16 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG 0 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 21.262
17 Vinales Isaac 32 SPA 0 ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 21.534
18 Cavalieri Samuele 76 ITA 0 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 26.152
19 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA 0 Alstare Yamaha Yamaha 27.693
20 Ribodino Luciano 4 ARG 0 OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 47.417
21 Solorza Marco 39 ARG 0 OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 51.079
WorldSBK 2021
Race Round 12   Argentina

Results Race 2

Sunny
Humidity
21%
Track Temp
41°C
Air Temp
22°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Redding Scott 45 GBR 25 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati
2 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR 20 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki
3 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR 16 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha
4 Bassani Alex 47 ITA 13 Motocorsa Racing Ducati
5 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 11 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati
6 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 10 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW
7 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA 9 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha
8 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA 8 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha
9 Davies Chaz 7 GBR 7 Team GOELEVEN Ducati
10 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 6 Team HRC Honda
11 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 5 Team HRC Honda
12 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 4 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki
13 Vinales Isaac 32 SPA 3 ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki
14 Nozane Kohta 3 JPN 2 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha
15 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG 1 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda
16 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 0 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW
17 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA 0 Alstare Yamaha Yamaha
18 Cavalieri Samuele 76 ITA 0 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki
19 Ribodino Luciano 4 ARG 0 OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki
20 Solorza Marco 39 ARG 0 OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki
Location Information

Circuito San Juan Villicum Ruta 40 Norte Parque Industrial Villicum Argentina

POLE POSITION Right
LENGHT 4.276 Km
CORNERS 17
RIGHT CORNERS 7
LEFT CORNERS 10

Records

Pole Record 1'37.617 (157,69 Km/h) S. Redding (Ducati Panigale V4 R, 2021)
Race Record 1'37.345 (158,13) SPRC, S. Redding (Ducati Panigale V4 R, 2021)
All Time Record 1'37.239 (158,31 Km/h) FP3, T.Razgatlioglu (Yamaha YZF R1, 2021)
2021 Race 1 Winner T.Razgatlioglu (Yamaha YZF R1)
2021 Superpole Race Winner T.Razgatlioglu (Yamaha YZF R1)
2021 Race 2 Winner S. Redding (Ducati Panigale V4 R)