Today’s first race of round five of the 2020 Superbike World Championship, saw Leon Haslam cross the line seventh while Alvaro Bautista unfortunately crashed while fighting to retain third.

Early on in the day, the team was on track for the final free practice, a session during which both Haslam and Bautista were able to improve by more than half a second on their best times of yesterday.

In the all-important Superpole that followed, Bautista and Haslam were lying third and fifth through the opening stages on the race tyre. Later in the session riders returned to the track with the qualifying solution, a tyre that guaranteed performance for one lap only. The Spanish rider set a very fast 1’49.217 to finish in fifth place, while Haslam set a best of 1’49.332 which saw him qualify just a tenth of a second behind his team-mate in sixth position.

The Team HRC riders thus lined up on the second row of the grid for the weekend’s first race, which got started at 2pm local time. Bautista positioned fifth through the opening lap while Haslam was lying eighth. The Spaniard was able to move up into fourth early on, from where he pushed to try and catch the third-placed rider, passing him on lap seven. Alvaro found himself battling to defend third place in the later stages, but unfortunately a crash on lap fifteen put paid to all his hard work up until that point. Haslam retained eighth through the first half of the race, battling as part of a small group before moving into seventh place on lap ten. Continuing to fight and exchange places with the riders immediately around him, the British rider ultimately powered his CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP across the line in seventh position to score more important championship points.

Team HRC will be back on track tomorrow for the 10-lap Superpole race and second 18-lap Superbike race.

Leon Haslam 91

7th

“A challenging race today. The weekend has been going better and we’ve been more consistent over the practices but in the race I struggled right from lap one, especially with the front tyre. I was having to really manage my riding and the lap times were not as good as what we’d seen during the practices. I battled with Sykes and Lowes and finished seventh, but honestly I was anticipating a top-five finish which our pace over the weekend indicated. Hopefully we can resolve some of the issues ahead of tomorrow’s races and we’ll see what we can do.”

Alvaro Bautista 19

DNF

“Firstly I want to apologise to my team, but I really wanted to score a good result. I made a fairly good start to the race and through the first laps I was doing better than I have early on in other races, which was very positive. In terms of pace, I was able to stick fairly close to the frontrunners, Rinaldi aside. I was up there fighting for the podium for the best part of the race but in the final stages I started to have a problem changing gear through certain corners and at one point, this caused me to run wide which allowed Davies to pass. I knew I was on the limit, but I tried to defend my position and unfortunately I crashed. On the one hand, I’m angry with myself for not settling for fourth, but on the other, I’d have been angry if I didn’t try to push for third. I’m really sorry for the team of course, as they didn’t deserve that result. We need to focus on the positives, in that we’re up there fighting and also scored our best grid position so far this season, and tomorrow we have two more opportunities to demonstrate our determination and hard work.”

WorldSBK 2020
Race Round 05   Aragon

Results Superpole

Sunny
Humidity
64%
Track Temp
32°C
Air Temp
22°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'48.767
2 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA Team GOELEVEN Ducati 0.245
3 Redding Scott 45 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 0.250
4 Sykes Tom 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 0.406
5 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Team HRC Honda 0.450
6 Haslam Leon 91 GBR Team HRC Honda 0.565
7 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 0.591
8 Davies Chaz 7 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 0.629
9 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 0.642
10 Baz Loris 76 FRA Ten Kate Racing Yamaha Yamaha 0.650
11 Caricasulo Federico 64 ITA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 0.871
12 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 0.904
13 Scheib Maximilian 77 CHI ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 1.023
14 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 1.153
15 Fores Xavi 12 SPA Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 1.277
16 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1.449
17 Melandri Marco 33 ITA BARNI Racing Team Ducati 1.695
18 RAMOS Román 40 SPA OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 2.414
19 Barrier Sylvain 20 FRA Brixx Performance Ducati 2.588
20 Ferrari Matteo 71 ITA Motocorsa Racing Ducati 2.775
21 Takahashi Takumi 13 JPN MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 3.116
WorldSBK 2020
Race Round 05   Aragon

Results Race 1

Sunny
Humidity
44%
Track Temp
45°C
Air Temp
28°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 25 Team GOELEVEN Ducati 33'19.700
2 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR 20 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 5.888
3 Davies Chaz 7 GBR 16 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 10.035
4 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 13 PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 15.965
5 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR 11 PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 19.357
6 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 10 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 24.138
7 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 9 Team HRC Honda 24.275
8 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 8 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 24.749
9 Caricasulo Federico 64 ITA 7 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 25.437
10 Sykes Tom 66 GBR 6 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 26.796
11 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA 5 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 27.354
12 Baz Loris 76 FRA 4 Ten Kate Racing Yamaha Yamaha 28.096
13 Fores Xavi 12 SPA 3 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 33.131
14 Ferrari Matteo 71 ITA 2 Motocorsa Racing Ducati 44.847
15 Takahashi Takumi 13 JPN 1 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 59.529
16 Scheib Maximilian 77 CHI 0 ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 3 Laps
17 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 0 Team HRC Honda 4 Laps
18 RAMOS Román 40 SPA 0 OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 4 Laps
19 Redding Scott 45 GBR 0 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 11 Laps
20 Melandri Marco 33 ITA 0 BARNI Racing Team Ducati 12 Laps
21 Barrier Sylvain 20 FRA 0 Brixx Performance Ducati
Location Information

The MotorLand Aragon road racing circuit was opened in 2009 and in 2011 it became the fifth Spanish track to host the WorldSBK™ Championship. MotorLand Aragón Ctra. TE- V- 7033 KM. 1. 44600 Alcañiz (Teruel) – Spain motorlandaragon.com  

Pole Position Right
Length 5.077 Km
Corners 17
Right Corners 7
Left Corners 10

Records

Pole Record 1'48.767 (168,040 Km/h) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2020, Teruel Round)
Race Record 1'49.620 (166,73 Km/h) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2020 RC1, Aragon Round)
All Time Record 1'48.767 (168,040 Km/h) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2020)
2020 Race 1 Winner (Teruel Round) M. Rinaldi (Ducati Panigale V4 R)
2020 Superpole Race Winner (Teruel Round) S. Redding (Ducati Panigale V4 R)
2020 Race 2 Winner (Teruel Round) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR)