Team HRC has completed an important two-day test at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit in Spain with its official riders Alvaro Bautista and Leon Haslam.

The testing session got underway on Wednesday morning, although all teams in attendance were significantly hindered by wet weather as they started to make inroads into their intense work programmes. During this, their first 2020 outing aboard the new CBR1000RR-R, the HRC riders largely focused on set-up work together with their technicians. By the end of the first wet day, Leon Haslam had set the fastest time, a 1’52.149, with Alvaro Bautista lying tenth with his 1’54.824.

On Thursday the weather offered some almost dry track-time that allowed for the use of slick tyres, despite air temperatures never rising above 14° C and some damp patches remaining around the track. Both riders continued their set-up work across all areas of the bike. Rain started again around 16:00, putting a premature end to the testing session. On this second day, Leon and Alvaro set the 6th (in 1’42.797) and 8th (1’43.579) fastest lap times respectively.

The Team HRC will now travel to Portugal where they will take part in a second two-day test at the Algarve International Circuit on Sunday 26 and Monday 27 January.

Leon Haslam 91

“Tricky weather conditions of course but every time we made an exit, we were testing something different, getting through the list of things we wanted to try. Our priority is to get through the many items we need to test, so we need dry conditions for a lot of that, but it didn’t hurt to complete some laps in the wet on Wednesday. Today the track was never fully dry, but all in all we did what we needed to do. We put together something we wanted to try at the end of the day but then it started to rain again so we’ll keep working on that in Portimão. Hopefully we will have some better weather conditions there. It’s exciting to have a competitive team-mate like Alvaro, it looks like we both have a similar understanding of the bike. Having the backing of Honda and HRC is so important; it’s a new bike and so a lot of development goes into that. The team also really wants to succeed, and that confidence really inspires me to do my best.”

Alvaro Bautista 19

“Wet, mixed testing days like this are never easy, especially for us with a brand-new bike as we have development to do. We need more mileage in the dry obviously, but we have been able to collect some useful data at least. We start with no references so time will tell where exactly we need to focus our efforts on the bike. I am working to adapt my riding style, having ridden different machines in the recent past. Today the conditions were a bit better than yesterday, albeit not completely dry, and we had the chance to use the slick tyres. My impressions were good, I think we have a lot of potential and that we need to work to fine tune everything. Basically, the initial goal in this early phase of the project is to push hard with the set-up so that we can perform at the top level as soon as possible.”

WorldSBK 2020
Test   Spain

Day 1 (Unofficial lap times)

Wet
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Haslam Leon 91 GBR Team HRC Honda 1'52.149
2 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'52.180
3 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA USA GRT Yamaha Junior Team Yamaha 1'52.213
4 Redding Scott 45 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'52.508
5 Baz Loris 76 FRA Ten Kate Racing - Yamaha Yamaha 1'52.660
6 Sykes Tom 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'53.097
7 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'53.246
8 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'53.494
9 Caricasulo Federico 64 ITA GRT Yamaha Junior Team Yamaha 1'53.676
10 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'54.824
11 Mercado Leandro 38 ARG Motocorsa Racing Ducati 1'55.361
12 Scheib Maximilian 77 CHI Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki 1'55.884
13 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'56.015
14 Barrier Sylvain 20 FRA BRIXX Ducati Ducati 1'56.105
15 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA Nuova M2 Racing Aprilia 1'56.542
16 Odendaal Steven 4 RSA Ten Kate Racing - Yamaha Yamaha 1'57.669
17 Krummenacher Randy 101 CZE MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta 1'57.816
18 Davies Chaz 7 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'58.684
19 Cortese Sandro 11 GER BARNI Racing Team Ducati 1'59.030
20 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA Team Goeleven Ducati 2'04.148
WorldSBK 2020
Test   Spain

Day 2 (Unofficial lap times)

Mixed
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'40.983
2 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'41.214
3 Redding Scott 45 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'41.407
4 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'41.642
5 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'42.707
6 Haslam Leon 91 GBR Team HRC Honda 1'42.797
7 Baz Loris 76 FRA Ten Kate Racing - Yamaha Yamaha 1'43.384
8 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'43.579
9 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA Team Goeleven Ducati 1'43.789
10 Caricasulo Federico 64 ITA GRT Yamaha Junior Team Yamaha 1'43.811
11 Sykes Tom 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'44.014
12 Scheib Maximilian 77 CHI Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki 1'44.153
13 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA USA GRT Yamaha Junior Team Yamaha 1'44.214
14 Cortese Sandro 11 GER BARNI Racing Team Ducati 1'44.258
15 Davies Chaz 7 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'44.276
16 Barrier Sylvain 20 FRA BRIXX Ducati Ducati 1'44.322
17 Mercado Leandro 38 ARG Motocorsa Racing Ducati 1'44.451
18 Krummenacher Randy 101 CZE MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta 1'44.535
19 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'44.543
20 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA Nuova M2 Racing Aprilia 1'47.058
Location Information

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

POLE POSITION RIGHT
LENGTH 4.423 Km
CORNERS 13
RIGHT CORNERS 8
LEFT CORNERS 5

Records

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)
2020 Race 1 Winner S. Redding (Ducati Panigale V4 R)
2020 Superpole Race Winner J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR)
2020 Race 2 Winner S. Redding (Ducati Panigale V4 R)