Third fastest in FP2 and fourth in the combined results, Alvaro Bautista enjoyed a strong start to the Dutch WorldSBK round at the fast and iconic Assen TT Circuit today. Some consistent laps from Leon Haslam saw the Team HRC rider place eighth fastest in the morning’s session and twelfth overall at the end of the day, a mere two tenths of a second from his team-mate.
Almost three weeks since the fourth round at Donington Park in the UK, the Superbike World Championship is now back in action in The Netherlands. Keen to continue to build on its performance this weekend, Team HRC has completed two very encouraging first practice sessions with its factory riders Leon Haslam and Alvaro Bautista.
At 10.30am local time, the Superbike field took to the track for the season’s first free practice, which ran in dry but rather cool conditions. Determined to make the most of every session, British rider Haslam focused on the task at hand, improving on his performance throughout the 45-minute phase and closing with a fastest time of 1’35.173. Bautista and his technicians made various changes to the electronic set-up of his CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADE during the opening session, the Spaniard not focusing overly on lap times and recording a best of 1’36.024.
During the second session, Bautista was able to gradually shave precious tenths off his lap time before making a significant step in the final five minutes, setting a fastest reference of 1’34.741 in the final stages to position a close fourth overall. Haslam continued to work systematically throughout the afternoon’s session and, in a similar way to his team-mate, was able to set his best time in the final seconds, a 1’34.976 putting him in twelfth place overall, just two tenths from Bautista’s best reference.
Free Practice Combined Results after FP2
|1||Rea Jonathan||1||GBR||25||Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK||Kawasaki||1'34.391|
|2||Gerloff Garrett||31||USA||20||GRT Yamaha WorldSBK||Yamaha||1'34.512 +0.121|
|3||Redding Scott||45||GBR||16||ARUBA Racing - Ducati||Ducati||1'34.591 +0.200|
|4||Bautista Alvaro||19||SPA||13||Team HRC||Honda||1'34.741 +0.350|
|5||Sykes Tom||66||GBR||11||BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team||BMW||1'34.753 +0.362|
|6||Razgatlioglu Toprak||54||TUR||10||PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK||Yamaha||1'34.755 +0.364|
|7||Mahias Lucas||44||FRA||9||Kawasaki Puccetti Racing||Kawasaki||1'34.771 +0.380|
|8||Rinaldi Michael Ruben||21||ITA||8||ARUBA Racing - Ducati||Ducati||1'34.958 +0.567|
|9||Lowes Alex||22||GBR||7||Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK||Kawasaki||1'34.959 +0.568|
|10||Davies Chaz||7||GBR||6||Team GOELEVEN||Ducati||1'34.971 +0.580|
|11||van der Mark Michael||60||NDL||5||BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team||BMW||1'34.974 +0.583|
|12||Haslam Leon||91||GBR||4||Team HRC||Honda||1'34.976 +0.585|
|13||Locatelli Andrea||55||ITA||3||PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK||Yamaha||1'35.081 +0.690|
|14||Folger Jonas||94||GER||2||Bonovo MGM Racing||BMW||1'35.343 +0.952|
|15||Bassani Alex||47||ITA||1||Motocorsa Racing||Ducati||1'35.528 +1.137|
|16||Rabat Tito||53||SPA||0||BARNI Racing Team||Ducati||1'35.599 +1.208|
|17||Vinales Isaac||32||SPA||0||ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA||Kawasaki||1'35.945 +1.554|
|18||Mercado Leandro||36||ARG||0||MIE Racing HONDA Team||Honda||1'36.397 +2.006|
|19||Nozane Kohta||3||JPN||0||GRT Yamaha WorldSBK||Yamaha||1'36.405 +2.014|
|20||Mantovani Andrea||9||ITA||0||Vince64||Kawasaki||1'37.146 +2.755|
|21||Cresson Loris||84||BEL||0||TPR Team Pedercini Racing||Kawasaki||1'38.586 +4.195|
“The Cathedral” of motorcycle racing as it is known colloquially, the TT Circuit Assen has been hosting WorldSBK races since 1992, and celebrated its 25thanniversary as a Superbike venue in 2016. TT Circuit Assen
|Pole Record||1'33.505 (174,87 Km/h) J.Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK, 2017)|
|Race Record||1'34.880 (172,34 Km/h) J.Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK, 2017 RC1)|
|All Time Record||1'33.505 (174,87 Km/h) J.Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK, 2017)|
|2021 Race 1 Winner||J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR)|
|2021 Superpole Race Winner||J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR)|
|2021 Race 2 Winner||J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR)|