Alvaro Bautista rounds out a day of continuous growth at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” in seventh place, just over three tenths of a second from a top-three position. Haslam follows close behind, but was left wanting more after making a strong start to the day.

Team HRC have wrapped up the opening day of the the Pirelli Made in Italy Emilia-Romagna round, its factory riders Leon Haslam and Alvaro Bautista in action today during the first free practice sessions.

During the morning’s opening practice, Bautista and Haslam got straight to work, focusing on bike set-up and making the most of the fair weather (air temp. 26°C, track 39°C).  Haslam was able to set a best of 1’35.733, in the final minutes of the phase, Bautista following suit to close with a fastest time of 1’35.809. These references put the Team HRC riders in seventh and ninth place at the end of the session.

Later in the day, as second practice played out in similarly warm and dry conditions, Bautista and his team made some changes in the bike geometries and was able to improve on their earlier time already in the opening stages of the 45-minute phase. Making continuous progress throughout the practice, the Spaniard set a best of 1’35.202 to secure seventh place in the combined standings (6th in the session), despite an inconsequential crash in the final minutes. On Bautista’s side of the garage, the main target is to further improve the bike’s electronics set-up prior to tomorrow’s qualifying session and first race.

Haslam continued to work to adapt his bike setting and riding to the Italian track and dropped his lap time by a half second in the final seconds (1’35.328) to round out the day in tenth position overall.

Alvaro Bautista 19

FP2 P6 - COMBINED P7

“With every round, the level of competition seems to increase and the lap times between the different riders and manufactures get closer and closer. We’ve had a positive day, despite a small crash at the very end of the FP2 session. We tried some new Pirelli tyres and I’m happy with the feeling they offer, and that’s good because I think we have even more room for improvement if we are able to make the bike a bit less aggressive, with a set-up that’s a little more balanced. We already made a step forward from one session to the next, improving the bike’s stability and reducing wheeling, but on the other hand the electronics set-up needs more work as we struggled with this in the afternoon. We’ll try to improve that tomorrow using the information we collected today. I feel we are already more competitive than in Estoril, so we’ll see what happens tomorrow. It’s good that we’ll have two qualifying tyres, as we’ll have a better chance of completing a good lap and it will at least reduce the risk of being penalised by any yellow flag".

Leon Haslam 91

FP2 P9 - COMBINED P10

“We improved our lap time slightly at the end of the session but I’m not really satisfied. I felt very confident this morning, after making my fastest lap on what was the tyre’s very last lap, so I was aiming for a much better result this afternoon, which I think was within our reach. Instead, we were unable to make the step we were looking for, as we had a few issues, so I feel we kind of wasted a good opportunity. Now we need to regroup and be ready to make that step tomorrow”.

WorldSBK 2021
Free Practice Round 03   Rimini

Free Practices Combined Results after FP2

Sunny
Humidity
52%
Track Temp
46°C
Air Temp
28°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 25 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'34.334
2 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 20 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'34.628 / 0.294
3 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR 16 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'34.848 / 0.514
4 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR 13 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'34.848 / 0.514
5 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA 11 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1'34.923 / 0.589
6 Redding Scott 45 GBR 10 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'35.076 / 0.742
7 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 9 Team HRC Honda 1'35.202 / 0.868
8 Sykes Tom 66 GBR 8 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'35.232 / 0.898
9 Bassani Alex 47 ITA 7 Motocorsa Racing Ducati 1'35.287 / 0.953
10 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 6 Team HRC Honda 1'35.328 / 0.994
11 Mahias Lucas 44 FRA 5 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 1'35.383 / 1.049
12 Davies Chaz 7 GBR 4 Team GOELEVEN Ducati 1'35.391 / 1.057
13 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 3 BARNI Racing Team Ducati 1'35.614 / 1.280
14 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 2 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'35.831 / 1.497
15 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 1 RC Squadra Corse BMW 1'35.927 / 1.593
16 Folger Jonas 94 GER 0 Bonovo MGM Racing BMW 1'36.010 / 1.676
17 Nozane Kohta 3 JPN 0 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1'36.044 / 1.710
18 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA 0 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'36.182 / 1.848
19 Vinales Isaac 32 SPA 0 ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 1'36.340 / 2.006
20 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA 0 Alstare Yamaha Yamaha 1'36.966 / 2.632
21 Cavalieri Samuele 76 ITA 0 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 1'37.211 / 2.877
22 Cresson Loris 84 BEL 0 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 1'39.235 / 4.901
Location Information

Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” Via Daijiro Kato, 10 47843 Misano Adriatico (RN) – Italy Misanocircuit.com

POLE POSITION RIGHT
LENGTH 4.226 Km
CORNERS 16
RIGHT CORNERS 10
LEFT CORNERS 6

Records

Pole Record 1'33.416 (162,859 Km/h) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2021)
Race Record (RC1) 1'34.476 (161,03 Km) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10R, 2021)
All Time Record 1'33.416 (162,859 Km/h) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2021)
2021 Race 1 Winner M.Rinaldi (Ducati Panigale V4 R )
2020 Superpole Race Winner A. Bautista (Ducati Panigale V4 R )
2020 Race 2 Winner J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR)