The long-awaited second round of the 2020 Superbike World Championship opened today at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit in Spain and, with factory riders Alvaro Bautista and Leon Haslam, Team HRC has completed the weekend’s opening free practice sessions with promising results.

The morning’s first practice, which took place in warm and sunny conditions (air 27°C, track 36°C), saw Bautista and Haslam working with their respective teams to identity the best set-up solution for their CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP bikes. 

Temperatures continued to rise throughout the day, meaning that most of the WorldSBK field set their quickest times earlier on while the track offered better grip. By the end of this opening day of action, Bautista had set a best of 1’40.392 to position fourth in the combined standings just 0.143 tenths off first place, while Haslam’s best time of 1’40.603 sees him place ninth, 0.354 tenths down on the frontrunner.

Team HRC will return to the track tomorrow for the final free practice, followed later in the day by the Superpole qualifying session and Race 1.

Alvaro Bautista 19

4th 1'40.392

“My feeling with the bike is much better than it was in Australia. Conditions were tough today with a slippery track and very high temperatures. I’m happy though because we tested many things, especially in terms of the tyres, to understand the range available and see what might work in the hot conditions here; consumption will be key. I think we’ve taken a step forward and now need to continue in this direction, making small adjustments to build our confidence. Our rhythm is not bad, and I think we need to focus on being constant in this weekend’s races, considering the track conditions. We still have some small changes to make tomorrow of course but, all in all, an encouraging first day’s work.”

Leon Haslam 91

9th 1'40.603

“Today’s been tough to be honest. The lap times were coming easily during our first exit but then we tried a few things and perhaps went in the wrong direction with a few items. It was tricky in the afternoon and although we tested something else, we ended up going back to the morning setting, with which we got closer in terms of the lap times. We tried many of the tyre options and I’m clear as far as that’s concerned, but we still have more to understand and also need to do a long-run. So, we still have work to do but I don’t think we’re far off though and today has definitely had its positives, which we’ll take into Saturday.”

WorldSBK 2020
Free Practice Round 02   Spain

Free Practices Combined Results after FP2

Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Baz Loris 76 FRA Ten Kate Racing - Yamaha Yamaha 1'40.249
2 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 0.062
3 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA Team Goeleven Ducati 0.076
4 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Team HRC Honda 0.143
5 Redding Scott 45 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 0.193
6 Davies Chaz 7 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 0.223
7 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 0.258
8 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 0.316
9 Haslam Leon 91 GBR Team HRC Honda 0.354
10 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 0.357
11 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA GRT Yamaha Yamaha 0.484
12 Caricasulo Federico 64 ITA GRT Yamaha Yamaha 0.722
13 Sykes Tom 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 0.885
14 Melandri Marco 33 ITA BARNI Racing Team Ducati 0.893
15 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 0.952
16 Scheib Maximilian 77 CHI Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki 0.981
17 Mercado Leandro 38 ARG Motocorsa Racing Ducati 1.047
18 Fores Xavi 12 SPA Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 1.455
19 Cortese Sandro 11 GER OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 1.772
20 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA Nuova M2 Racing Aprilia 1.777
21 Takahashi Takumi 13 JPN MIE Racing Althea Honda Team Honda 2.334
22 Gabellini Lorenzo 63 ITA MIE Racing Althea Honda Team Honda 2.702
23 Barrier Sylvain 20 FRA BRIXX Ducati Ducati 3.188
Location Information

Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto Carretera Jerez-Arcos, km 10 – Apdo de Correos 35 11592 Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz) – Spain

LENGTH 4.423 Km


Pole Record 1'38.247 (162,07 Km/h) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2019)
Race Record 1'39.004 (160,83 Km/h) A.Bautista (Ducati Panigale V4 R, 2019)
All Time Record 1'38.247 (162,07 Km/h) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2019)
2023 Race 1 Winner A.Bautista (Ducati Panigale V4 R)
2023 Superpole Race Winner A.Bautista (Ducati Panigale V4 R)
2023 Race 2 Winner A.Bautista (Ducati Panigale V4 R)