The final round of the 2020 Superbike World Championship officially opened today at the Estoril circuit in Portugal, Team HRC riders Alvaro Bautista and Leon Haslam completing the first free practice sessions of this season finale.

This morning saw the Superbike field take to the Portuguese track for the first time since 1993. Although both Bautista and Haslam have experience of the circuit, it was essentially a case of starting from scratch, considering this is their first visit with the new CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP.

The factory riders therefore used a dry first session to get reacquainted with the layout of the track and begin the set-up work with their respective technicians. The pair finished the 50-minute session in eleventh and twelfth place respectively, setting fastest times of 1’38.580 (Bautista) and 1’38.664 (Haslam).

The afternoon’s session also ran in dry and sunny conditions, Team HRC making the most of this second practice and making a significant step forward in terms of lap times already early on in the session. Working effectively in the garage, by the end of session two, Haslam had set a best of 1’37.883 to position tenth in the combined standings, while Bautista placed eleventh thanks to a fastest time of 1’37.914, despite a fall in the later stages which prevented him from completing what was looking to be a very fast lap.

Leon Haslam 91

10th 1'37.883

“Things went a better this afternoon I’d say. We have taken some small steps forward with the electronics and worked with a different tyre, the soft solution, which I felt was more effective. We’re not so far away from where we need to be, less than a tenth off through the first sectors in fact, but we’re losing a little time through the final sectors, so we need to analyse that and see what we can do to improve in that area tomorrow.”

Alvaro Bautista 19

11th 1'37.914

“Today has provided us with track references for the CBR. This morning we had some problems with rear grip and having tried different solutions, we improved a little bit but not enough. In the afternoon we took a step forward with the electronics. We also used the SC0 Pirelli tyre for almost the entire second session. It’s not my usual favourite but I didn't feel bad. For the last run, to make a direct comparison, we went back to the SCX, the tyre I usually feel better with, and I was actually making a good lap but then I fell in the third sector. I think we could have shaved off a few tenths because I felt like I had better contact, especially through the “esses”. Not a bad day anyway, and we will try to use all the information we gathered to further improve tomorrow.”

WorldSBK 2020
Free Practice Round 08   Portugal

Free Practices Combined Results after FP2

Sunny
Humidity
57%
Track Temp
30°C
Air Temp
18°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Redding Scott 45 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'36.886
2 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 0.089
3 Baz Loris 76 FRA Ten Kate Racing Yamaha Yamaha 0.198
4 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 0.557
5 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 0.677
6 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 0.720
7 Davies Chaz 7 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 0.740
8 Folger Jonas 94 GER Bonovo Action by MGM Racing Yamaha 0.742
9 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 0.889
10 Haslam Leon 91 GBR Team HRC Honda 0.997
11 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Team HRC Honda 1.028
12 Sykes Tom 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1.050
13 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA Team GOELEVEN Ducati 1.355
14 Fores Xavi 12 SPA Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 1.380
15 Barrier Sylvain 20 FRA Brixx Performance Ducati 1.489
16 Caricasulo Federico 64 ITA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 1.629
17 Ferrari Matteo 71 ITA BARNI Racing Team Ducati 1.880
18 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 2.039
19 Mercado Leandro 38 ARG Motocorsa Racing Ducati 2.215
20 Granado Eric 51 BRA MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 2.440
21 Morais Sheridan 32 POR ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 2.822
22 Takahashi Takumi 13 JPN MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 2.901
23 Cresson Loris 84 BEL OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 5.797
Location Information

Circuito Estoril – Av. Alfredo César Torres2646 – 901 Alcabideche – Portugal www.circuito-estoril.pt The Circuito Estoril, situated just 30km from the Portuguese capital city of Lisbon, will host the WorldSBK class, along with the FIM Supersport World Championship and the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship from the 16th – 18th… read more.

POLE POSITION Left
LENGHT 4.182 Km
CORNERS 13
RIGHT CORNERS 9
LEFT CORNERS 4