A very strong performance in today’s Tissot Superpole race at the British track of Donington Park saw Leon Haslam scoring Team HRC’s best result of the season so far, battling for the podium right from the start and just missing out on a top-three spot by half a second. Alvaro Bautista clinched a top ten finish in Race 2, just behind his teammate.

The morning’s 10-lap sprint race brought differing results for the Team HRC pair largely owing to their tyre selection. Haslam got away very well from seventh on the grid, having opted for intermediate tyres front and rear. Positioning fifth on lap one, the local rider moved into fourth on the very next lap. Maintaining a strong pace that saw him lapping just a couple of tenths from the podium sitters, Haslam was not quite able to take third, crossing the line a very close fourth. Bautista meanwhile had a tougher time keeping pace with his rivals, the decision to opt for rain tyres not paying off on a drying track. The Spaniard crossed the line fifteenth.

Thanks to his earlier Superpole race result, Haslam lined up in fourth position for the weekend’s final 23-lap Superbike race, which ran in dry albeit very cloudy conditions. Haslam again made a strong start, holding fourth in the early stages, but then lost several positions through subsequent laps. Eighth at the mid-race point, the Brit found it increasingly difficult to maintain a strong rhythm through the final phase of the race, crossing the line in eventual ninth position. Sixteenth on the grid, Bautista made up several positions through the first turns, eleventh by the end of lap one. Holding twelfth for the best part of the race, the Spaniard was able to up the pace slightly in the final stages, pushing to make up two positions and round out the top ten.

After this fourth round, Bautista places tenth in the championship standings with 57 points, Haslam thirteenth with 41 points. Team HRC will be back in action over the weekend of 23-25 July for round five at the Assen TT circuit in The Netherlands.

Alvaro Bautista 19

SPRC P15 - RC2 P10

“Overall, it has been a tough weekend. On Friday we tried something different with the set-up just to verify a few things and collect some information, but it didn’t work as we’d expected so we went back to a more base set-up. Then yesterday, mixed weather conditions limited the time we had available to define the best set-up. In the end our best day in terms of feeling with the bike was today, but our gamble with rain tyres in the sprint race didn’t pay off. In Race 2 we actually improved our pace over the course of the 23 laps and were able to achieve a top ten finish, but honestly this isn’t what we are aiming for. We need to improve from here on in, because we really want to be doing better of course.”

Leon Haslam 91

SPRC P4 - RC2 P9

“It felt good to get fourth today. I felt we were in the mix for the podium in both yesterday’s race 1 and the Superpole race, which was definitely a positive. We then had some issues in today’s second race, but overall we can say that we’ve taken some steps over the weekend and are clear as to where we need to work. My pace was quite strong in the sprint race, which we ran on intermediate tyres, and my set-up wasn’t bad in the last race either, it was just a pity that we had an issue that ultimately saw me go backwards rather than forwards. All in all, a better weekend for us, and we hope to build on this next time out at Assen.”

WorldSBK 2021
Race Round 04   United Kingdom

Results Superpole Race

Mixed
Humidity
80%
Track Temp
24°C
Air Temp
19°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR 12 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 15'17.958
2 Sykes Tom 66 GBR 9 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 2.531
3 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 7 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 3.409
4 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 6 Team HRC Honda 3.955
5 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA 5 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 4.067
6 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR 4 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 5.011
7 Mahias Lucas 44 FRA 3 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 6.461
8 Davies Chaz 7 GBR 2 Team GOELEVEN Ducati 11.599
9 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA 1 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 20.284
10 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 0 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 24.865
11 Bassani Alex 47 ITA 0 Motocorsa Racing Ducati 25.318
12 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 0 RC Squadra Corse BMW 25.584
13 Vinales Isaac 32 SPA 0 ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 40.885
14 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 0 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'09.188
15 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 0 Team HRC Honda 1'16.976
16 Folger Jonas 94 GER 0 Bonovo MGM Racing BMW 1'24.717
17 Mossey Luke 12 GBR 0 OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 1'33.316
18 Redding Scott 45 GBR 0 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'37.702
19 Cresson Loris 84 BEL 0 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 3 Laps
20 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA 0 Alstare Yamaha Yamaha 5 Laps
21 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 0 BARNI Racing Team Ducati 9 Laps
WorldSBK 2021
Race Round 04   United Kingdom

Results Race 2

Dry
Humidity
62%
Track Temp
36°C
Air Temp
22°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR 25 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 34'01.226
2 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA 20 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 2.243
3 Sykes Tom 66 GBR 16 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 4.522
4 Redding Scott 45 GBR 13 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 5.151
5 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 11 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 13.315
6 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 10 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 14.444
7 Davies Chaz 7 GBR 9 Team GOELEVEN Ducati 16.684
8 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 8 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 18.757
9 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 7 Team HRC Honda 20.783
10 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 6 Team HRC Honda 22.938
11 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA 5 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 23.194
12 Mahias Lucas 44 FRA 4 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 25.442
13 Bassani Alex 47 ITA 3 Motocorsa Racing Ducati 32.898
14 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 2 BARNI Racing Team Ducati 38.370
15 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 1 RC Squadra Corse BMW 39.776
16 Mossey Luke 12 GBR 0 OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 43.182
17 Vinales Isaac 32 SPA 0 ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 56.811
18 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA 0 Alstare Yamaha Yamaha 57.073
19 Cresson Loris 84 BEL 0 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 1'13.148
20 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR 0 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'14.103
21 Folger Jonas 94 GER 0 Bonovo MGM Racing BMW 17 Laps
Location Information

Donington Park Circuit Castle Donington, Derby, DE74 2RP, United Kingdom Donington Park

POLE POSITION LEFT
LENGHT 4.023 Km
CORNERS 12
RIGHT CORNERS 7
LEFT CORNERS 5

Records

Pole Record 1'26.641 (167,16 Km/h) T.Sykes (Kawasaki ZX-10R, 2017)
Race Record 1'27.166 (166,15 Km/h) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2019)
All Time Record 1'26.641 (167,16 Km/h) T.Sykes (Kawasaki ZX-10R, 2017)
2021 Race 1 Winner T. Razgatlioglu (Yamaha YZF R1)
2021 Superpole Race Winner J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR)
2021 Race 2 Winner T. Razgatlioglu (Yamaha YZF R1)