A day that could have brought more for Team HRC in both qualifying and in Race1. The team will harness its experience to try to fight up front in Sunday’s races.

The Most circuit in the Czech Republic today staged the first of the races making up this sixth Superbike World Championship round. In what was an action-packed race characterised by a lot of close fighting and crashes, Team HRC riders Alvaro Bautista and Leon Haslam finished seventh and eighth.

The day’s first task was to make the most of the morning’s final practice, having lost a good part of Friday’s FP2 due to rain. The dry conditions meant that both Haslam and Bautista were able to work hard and improve significantly on their FP1 times, setting a best of 1’33.515 and 1’33.541 respectively to place eleventh and twelfth in the overall practice standings.

A short while later, in the Superpole qualifying phase, the two Team HRC riders did their best to make the most of the 15 minutes available to them, but both fell a little short of their potential. With a rear brake issue Alvaro set a 1’32.928 which put him in eleventh place. Leon was in the running for a possible second or even front row spot with his second qualifying tyre, but a small mistake through the final sector meant that he closed seventh (1’32.352), still a solid result and one that earned him a third-row start.

Race 1 got underway at 2pm local time and ran over a distance of 22 laps in dry conditions. Bautista made a flying start, moving straight up from twelfth to seventh, while Haslam positioned ninth through the first turns. On lap four the Spaniard moved up to sixth, followed by his team-mate, eighth. Bautista subsequently lost ground on lap ten after running wide through turn 15 and dropping back to eleventh as a result. Pushing hard, he quickly made up the lost ground and was back into seventh, a position he then held to the line, followed closely by team-mate Haslam, eighth.

Team HRC will return to the track tomorrow for the 10-lap Tissot Superpole race followed, in the afternoon, by the second 22-lap Superbike race.

Alvaro Bautista 19

RC1 P7

“Mixed feelings today because we could have done more, both in the Superpole and the race. During the qualifying session I had a problem with the rear brake which prevented us from making at least a top-six lap time. It was a shame that happened in qualifying but at least it wasn’t during the race! I was able to make a good start in the race anyway, and entered the first chicane in seventh position, I think. During the first part of the race, I was lacking traction and the rear was sliding around a lot. This is something of a recurring issue for us, and we struggle with turning, which means we’re forced to keep a line through the corners that’s not ideal. Having said that, I was still able to maintain sufficient pace, close to the top five. Unfortunately, maybe midway through the race, I missed a gear at turn 15 and ran off track, dropping back to eleventh or twelfth. I recovered again, lapping not too badly but I’d lost too much time. I’m sorry about that, because with one thing and another today, we missed the opportunity to finish further ahead. Tomorrow we'll try to do our best, as always, but to really take a step forward we need to improve our package."

Leon Haslam 91

RC1 P8

“For the first time this year, we made a big improvement on the qualifying tyre during Superpole. I was up nearly three tenths which would have put me in around third place, but then we had a small problem in the final corners. I was a little frustrated because that could perhaps have been our first front row of the season, but we finished just one tenth from the front row anyway, so not bad anyway. The race was tough though, and I honestly felt like I was just managing the situation. The good news is that in running the race together more or less together, me and Alvaro were able to compare and contrast what we were doing and can hopefully learn from this as we prepare for tomorrow’s races.”

WorldSBK 2021
Race Round 06   Czech

Results Tissot Superpole

Sunny
Humidity
59%
Track Temp
33°C
Air Temp
23°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'31.684
2 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'31.751 +0.067
3 Redding Scott 45 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'32.158 +0.474
4 Sykes Tom 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'32.173 +0.489
5 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1'32.238 +0.554
6 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'32.335 +0.651
7 Haslam Leon 91 GBR Team HRC Honda 1'32.352 +0.668
8 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'32.530 +0.846
9 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'32.559 +0.875
10 Bassani Alex 47 ITA Motocorsa Racing Ducati 1'32.911 +1.227
11 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'32.928 +1.244
12 Marvin Fritz 17 GER IXS-YART Yamaha Yamaha 1'33.164 +1.480
13 Hanika Karel 98 CZE IXS-YART Yamaha Yamaha 1'33.249 +1.565
14 Delbianco Alessandro 52 ITA MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 1'33.434 +1.750
15 Rabat Tito 53 SPA BARNI Racing Team Ducati 1'33.470 +1.786
16 Davies Chaz 7 GBR Team GOELEVEN Ducati 1'33.607 +1.923
17 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'33.994 +2.310
18 Nozane Kohta 3 JPN GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1'34.167 +2.483
19 Vinales Isaac 32 SPA ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 1'34.280 +2.596
20 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA Alstare Yamaha Yamaha 1'34.444 +2.760
21 Folger Jonas 94 GER Bonovo MGM Racing BMW 1'34.499 +2.815
22 Cresson Loris 84 BEL TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 1'35.936 +4.252
23 Uribe Jason 14 USA OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 1'36.118 +4.434
WorldSBK 2021
Race Round 06   Czech

Results Race 1

Sunny
Humidity
43%
Track Temp
39°C
Air Temp
27°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR 25 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 34'14.370
2 Redding Scott 45 GBR 20 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 0.040
3 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA 16 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 13.838
4 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 13 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 16.650
5 Bassani Alex 47 ITA 11 Motocorsa Racing Ducati 16.935
6 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA 10 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 17.099
7 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 9 Team HRC Honda 22.590
8 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 8 Team HRC Honda 24.728
9 Sykes Tom 66 GBR 7 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 26.924
10 Marvin Fritz 17 GER 6 IXS-YART Yamaha Yamaha 39.559
11 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA 5 Alstare Yamaha Yamaha 58.991
12 Vinales Isaac 32 SPA 4 ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 59.105
13 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 3 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'21.929
14 Nozane Kohta 3 JPN 2 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1 Lap
15 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR DNF Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 5 Laps
16 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL DNF BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 9 Laps
17 Cresson Loris 84 BEL DNF TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 12 Laps
18 Rabat Tito 53 SPA DNF BARNI Racing Team Ducati 13 Laps
19 Folger Jonas 94 GER DNF Bonovo MGM Racing BMW 16 Laps
20 Davies Chaz 7 GBR DNF Team GOELEVEN Ducati 17 Laps
21 Hanika Karel 98 CZE DNF IXS-YART Yamaha Yamaha 19 Laps
22 Uribe Jason 14 USA DNF OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 19 Laps
23 Delbianco Alessandro 52 ITA DNF MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 20 Laps
Location Information

Autodrom Most,  Czech Republic Autodrom Most is a new track in WorldSBK calendar for 2021. Thanks to its attractive event line-up, it is popular destination for many motor enthusiasts and their families from whole Europe.  The track was completed in 1983 as a part of restoration of coal mine lands… read more.

Pole Position Left
Lenght 4.212 Km
Corners 21
Right 14
Left 7

Records

Pole Record 1'31.684 (165,39 Km/h) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2021)
Race Record 1'31.996 (164,82 Km/h) J.Rea SPRC (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2021)
All Time Record 1'31.684 (165,39 Km/h) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2021)
2021 Race 1 Winner T.Razgatlioglu (Yamaha)
2021 Superpole Race Winner T.Razgatlioglu (Yamaha)
2021 Race 2 Winner S. Redding (Ducati)