The first Superbike race making up the seventh WorldSBK championship round ran today at Magny-Cours in full wet conditions, quite a regular occurrence at the French circuit in recent years. Team HRC rider Leon Haslam did well to interpret the challenging conditions, demonstrating a podium-worthy race pace that saw him climb from eleventh on the grid to sixth and battling for fifth with Toprak Razgatlıoğlu before he crashed out through the final sector of the very last lap. Teammate Alvaro Bautista struggled more in the cold, wet conditions but was also able to make some steps forward during the race, which he concluded in twelfth position.

Following on from a wet third practice, the rain held off for the Superpole session but the track was nevertheless still wet enough to merit the use of rain tyres. During the 25-minute phase, which determines grid positions for Superbike race 1 and the Superpole race, Haslam set a best of 1’50.319 in the final stages to close eleventh and secure a place on the fourth row of the starting grid. Bautista, still working with his team to identify the best set-up for the tricky conditions in France, closed in seventeenth place with a time of 1’51.614.

The weekend’s first race got underway as scheduled at 2pm, in full wet conditions. Soon gaining confidence, Haslam was lying eighth by lap four. Pushing to move in on Razgatlioğlu immediately ahead of him, Haslam passed the Turk on lap nine. Maintaining a rhythm that was in line with the fastest riders, Leon continued to battle with the Turkish rider through the final stages but unfortunately fell victim to a highside on the very last lap, at turn 12, as he attempted to re-pass Toprak for fifth place. Haslam is fortunately unhurt and will be able to compete in tomorrow’s two races.

Bautista made a strong start and moved up three places through the opening stages to position fourteenth. Doing his best to maintain a consistent pace and not make any mistakes, Alvaro set his fastest lap times in the second half of the race and eventually crossed the line in twelfth place. 

Alvaro Bautista 19

12th

“Another day of working in the wet. Basically this morning after the FP3 we tried a different setting, looking to improve our feeling ahead of qualifying but unfortunately I did not like it so much because the bike was a bit too soft and even if I got better feedback from the bike’s response, it was perhaps a little too much. So for Race1 we went back to yesterday’s solution in adjusting the electronics. So the feeling was similar to yesterday, especially with the rear which is the area I struggle with more, in that I basically cannot feel it. That means I cannot push without risking losing the rear tyre. I tried to gain every single tenth that I could and overall, we improved our pace and lap times compared to Friday. Not enough of course, and we’re still far from our target but at least we got a lot of data that we will use to try and sort this problem out and do better tomorrow.”

Leon Haslam 91

RET

“It was a demanding race and I didn’t make the best start, but despite a few small issues, I felt like I found a very good rhythm. Looking at the pace, I think I was one of the fastest guys on track and I was able to work my way up to sixth place, in the mix for fifth. Right from early on, I was fighting to stop the rear from coming round on corner entry and that’s basically how the crash came about when, on the last lap and while fighting with Toprak for fifth, I pushed the limit a little too far. It’s frustrating as another top five result would have been nice but we need to see the positives and take these into tomorrow’s two races. Let’s see what we can do.”

WorldSBK 2020
Race Round 07   France

Results Superpole

Wet/Damp
Humidity
80%
Track Temp
14°C
Air Temp
11°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'48.644
2 Sykes Tom 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 0.142
3 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 0.184
4 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 0.233
5 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 0.375
6 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 0.710
7 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA Team GOELEVEN Ducati 0.834
8 Baz Loris 76 FRA Ten Kate Racing Yamaha Yamaha 1.003
9 Davies Chaz 7 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1.015
10 Redding Scott 45 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1.040
11 Haslam Leon 91 GBR Team HRC Honda 1.675
12 Caricasulo Federico 64 ITA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 1.826
13 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 1.887
14 Fores Xavi 12 SPA Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 1.905
15 Mercado Leandro 38 ARG Motocorsa Racing Ducati 1.926
16 Debise Valentin 53 FRA OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 2.757
17 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Team HRC Honda 2.970
18 Pinsach Xavier 34 SPA ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 3.271
19 Barrier Sylvain 20 FRA Brixx Performance Ducati 3.411
20 Cavalieri Samuele 97 ITA BARNI Racing Team Ducati 4.733
21 Takahashi Takumi 13 JPN MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 6.586
WorldSBK 2020
Race Round 07   France

Results Race 1

Wet
Humidity
85%
Track Temp
14°C
Air Temp
12°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR 25 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 38'13.222
2 Baz Loris 76 FRA 20 Ten Kate Racing Yamaha Yamaha 3.342
3 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 16 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 9.707
4 Davies Chaz 7 GBR 13 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 14.045
5 Redding Scott 45 GBR 11 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 16.427
6 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR 10 PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 16.976
7 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 9 Team GOELEVEN Ducati 23.253
8 Fores Xavi 12 SPA 8 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 27.173
9 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 7 PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 28.706
10 Mercado Leandro 38 ARG 6 Motocorsa Racing Ducati 32.034
11 Caricasulo Federico 64 ITA 5 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 37.928
12 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 4 Team HRC Honda 46.009
13 Barrier Sylvain 20 FRA 3 Brixx Performance Ducati 46.371
14 Debise Valentin 53 FRA 2 OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 1'39.992
15 Pinsach Xavier 34 SPA 1 ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 1 Lap
16 Cavalieri Samuele 97 ITA 0 BARNI Racing Team Ducati 1 Lap
17 Takahashi Takumi 13 JPN 0 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 1 Lap
18 Haslam Leon 91 GBR DNF Team HRC Honda 1 Lap
19 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA DNF GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 15 Lap
20 Sykes Tom 66 GBR DNF BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW
21 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE DNF BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW
Location Information

Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours Technopole – 58470 Magny-Cours – France   Magny Cours

POLE POSITION RIGHT
LENGTH 4.411 Km
CORNERS 17
RIGHT CORNERS 9
LEFT CORNERS 8

Records

Pole Record 1'35.696 (165,94 Km/h) T.Sykes (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2018)
Race Record 1'37.018 (163,68 Km/h) T.Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2019)
All Time Record 1'35.696 (165,94 Km/h) T.Sykes (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2018)
2020 Race 1 Winner J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR)
2020 Superpole Race Winner J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR)
2020 Race 2 Winner S. Redding (Ducati Panigale V4 R)