On what forecasts threaten might be the only totally dry day of the weekend, Leon Haslam makes a strong start to the Catalunya round, ending day 1 in 7th place just 0.374 tenths of a second off provisional pole position. Alvaro Bautista was one of eleven riders able to improve on their lap times in the afternoon’s hotter conditions to place eleventh in the overall standings, 0.723 from the front.

Alvaro Bautista and Leon Haslam worked hard throughout the practice sessions, getting off to a strong start in the morning. Making the most of the almost ideal weather conditions, Haslam gradually improved upon his times before setting a series of strong references in the final stages, a best of 1’42.743. On the other side of the garage, Bautista focused on adapting his CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADE to the Spanish track in preparation for the weekend’s races. Alvaro made progress towards the end of the first practice and set a fastest time of 1’43.498.

The afternoon’s second practice ran in equally stable albeit rather hotter conditions, which translated into more challenging track conditions. Bautista nevertheless picked up the pace already in the early stages, and by the session’s end he had improved on his morning’s best by more than four tenths. With a fastest time of 1’43.092, he finished in eleventh position in the combined standings after the first two practice sessions.

On the hotter asphalt, Haslam was unable to further improve on his earlier time but rounded out day one in seventh place in the aggregate classification, just over three tenths of a second off provisional pole position.

Alvaro Bautista 19

P11

"Today was a very difficult day because we struggled to find good grip with the rear tyre, both in braking and also on exiting the corners. I struggled a lot in trying to push. We’ve tried to work on the set-up in order to have better contact with the asphalt, but we haven’t seen much progress as yet, although we were able to improve our lap time in the afternoon. Then at the end of the second session we tried a front tyre with a harder specification, something that, on other occasions, has helped us to improve stability and feeling with the front. But instead I unexpectedly crashed through the last corner; I just couldn't save it. Luckily I'm okay, so we'll try again tomorrow.”

Leon Haslam 91

P7

“This morning was good. We completed a test here some weeks ago, but conditions are completely different now and the track is very slippery, so we had to make some adjustments. This afternoon, temperatures were higher and we didn’t really get into a good rhythm as we had this morning. We didn’t go any faster and if conditions remain the same, we’ll need to make some changes, especially with the electronics. Our lap times are not far off anyway, but if tomorrow is dry we’ll be looking to make another a step.”

WorldSBK 2021
Free Practice Round 09   Catalunya

Free Practices Combined Results after FP2

Sunny
Humidity
43%
Track Temp
44°C
Air Temp
29°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'42.369
2 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'42.419 0.050
3 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'42.586 0.217
4 Sykes Tom 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'42.608 0.239
5 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'42.615 0.246
6 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'42.698 0.329
7 Haslam Leon 91 GBR Team HRC Honda 1'42.743 0.374
8 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'42.863 0.494
9 Redding Scott 45 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'42.875 0.506
10 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1'42.919 0.550
11 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'43.092 0.723
12 Vinales Isaac 32 SPA ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 1'43.182 0.813
13 Bassani Alex 47 ITA Motocorsa Racing Ducati 1'43.184 0.815
14 Davies Chaz 7 GBR Team GOELEVEN Ducati 1'43.232 0.863
15 Mahias Lucas 44 FRA Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 1'43.378 1.009
16 Nozane Kohta 3 JPN GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1'43.409 1.040
17 Folger Jonas 94 GER Bonovo MGM Racing BMW 1'43.730 1.361
18 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 1'44.013 1.644
19 Cavalieri Samuele 76 ITA TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 1'44.021 1.652
20 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA Alstare Yamaha Yamaha 1'44.335 1.966
21 Cresson Loris 84 BEL TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 1'45.429 3.060
22 Epis Lachlan 83 NZL OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 1'48.549 6.180
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 1'40.408 (166,971 Km/h) T. Sykes (BMW M 1000 RR, 2021)
Race Record 1'41.493 (165,19 Km/h) T.Razgatlioglu (Yamaha YZF R1, 2021, SPRC)
All Time Record 1'40.408 (166,971 Km/h) T. Sykes (BMW M 1000 RR, 2021)
2021 Race 1 Winner S. Redding (Ducati V4 R)
2021 Superpole Winner J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR)
2021 Race 2 Winner M. Rinaldi (Ducati V4 R)