Following on from last week’s two-day testing sessions at Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), which were unfortunately seriously conditioned by wet weather, Team HRC moved to the Algarve International Circuit in Portugal and has completed two more days of testing, in more stable, albeit still cold conditions.

Together with their technicians, Alvaro Bautista and Leon Haslam worked non-stop across both Sunday and Monday in order to make headway with the pretty intense schedule and provide the engineers with as much information as possible so as to facilitate bike development work.

By the end of the sessions, Haslam had set a best time of 1’41.655, finishing 6th, Bautista a 1’43.559 which placed him 16th.

Team HRC will continue to work back at base in Japan in preparation for the opening round of the Superbike World Championship, taking place over the weekend of 28 February-1 March at the Phillip Island circuit in Australia.

The official team presentation will take place just prior to the opening round, on 21 February, in Tokyo.

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“We’ve made some good steps today and have got through a lot of the things we had down to test. We didn’t perhaps make the step that others did with the soft qualifying tyre, but all in all the lap times aren’t too bad and I was pretty happy with the race tyres. We have a lot of work ahead of us of course and we’re not yet at the stage where we’re fine-tuning the bike, as we’re still testing fundamental components. I can’t wait to get to Phillip Island now, it’s one of my favourite circuits. The test there will be very important too, and then the aim for the race weekend is to try to be competitive right from the outset.”

Alvaro Bautista 19

“These tests have been tough for us because in Jerez we could not test much due to the bad weather. So we had to concentrate all the work here in Portimao, basically trying to complete four days of work in just two days. That meant we were forced to spend more time inside the garage than on track and this of course is a bit frustrating when you just want to have everything ready, put in a new tyre and go for it. Anyway, this is the kind of job that has to be done with a new project. I think we now have a lot of data that can be useful in developing the bike and we’ll see how the next step goes in Australia. Those tests prior to the first round will be very important.”

WorldSBK 2020
Test

Day 1 (Unofficial lap times)

Cloudy/Sunny
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Redding Scott 45 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'41.179
2 Baz Loris 76 FRA Ten Kate Racing - Yamaha Yamaha 1'41.752
3 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'41.881
4 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'42.057
5 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'42.661
6 Sykes Tom 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'42.740
7 Davies Chaz 7 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'42.749
8 Cortese Sandro 11 GER OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 1'42.936
9 Haslam Leon 91 GBR Team HRC Honda 1'42.967
10 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA GRT Yamaha Junior Team Yamaha 1'43.031
11 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA Team Goeleven Ducati 1'43.218
12 Mercado Leandro 38 ARG Motocorsa Racing Ducati 1'43.343
13 Fores Xavi 12 SPA Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 1'43.490
14 Caricasulo Federico 64 ITA GRT Yamaha Junior Team Yamaha 1'43.533
15 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'43.662
16 Barrier Sylvain 20 FRA BRIXX Ducati Ducati 1'44.016
17 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA Nuova M2 Racing Aprilia 1'44.035
WorldSBK 2020
Test

Day 2 (Unofficial lap times)

Cloudy/Sunny
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'40.804
2 Redding Scott 45 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'40.883
4 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'41.426
5 Davies Chaz 7 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'41.599
6 Haslam Leon 91 GBR Team HRC Honda 1'41.655
7 Sykes Tom 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'41.786
8 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'41.990
9 Caricasulo Federico 64 ITA GRT Yamaha Junior Team Yamaha 1'42.030
10 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA GRT Yamaha Junior Team Yamaha 1'42.045
11 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA Team Goeleven Ducati 1'42.309
12 Mercado Leandro 38 ARG Motocorsa Racing Ducati 1'42.462
13 Fores Xavi 12 SPA Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 1'42.802
14 Barrier Sylvain 20 FRA BRIXX Ducati Ducati 1'43.458
15 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA Nuova M2 Racing Aprilia 1'43.480
16 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'43.559
17 Cortese Sandro 11 GER OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 1'43.804
19 Baz Loris 76 FRA Ten Kate Racing - Yamaha Yamaha 1'40.994