Leon Haslam and Alvaro Bautista ended the first day of testing at Jerez de La Frontera in fourth and sixth position respectively in the combined standings. A very good start to the weekend for Team HRC.

With round nine having concluded just days ago at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit, Team HRC is now back in action at the Jerez Circuit, the stage for this weekend’s tenth Superbike World Championship round.

Factory riders Alvaro Bautista and Leon Haslam started the weekend on a very positive note, with both making good progress throughout the day’s sessions. Haslam made a particularly strong start aboard his CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADE, setting a 1’40.749 to place fifth at the end of the first practice. In this same session, team-mate Bautista finished just four tenths behind, in twelfth place (1’41.173).

In second practice, which ran mid-afternoon in ideal conditions (air 23°, track 31°C), the factory Honda riders really began to step things up. Haslam immediately improved on his earlier time, putting in a 1’40.328 at the very start of the session, closely followed by Bautista who soon set a 1’40.349. These references assured the Team HRC duo of a place towards the top of the timesheets, with only a couple of other riders able to do better. This meant that in the combined standings, Haslam finished in an excellent fourth position, a fraction of a second ahead of Bautista, sixth.

Alvaro suffered a very fast crash at turn 11 towards the end of the 45-minute phase, which prevented him from further improving on his lap time, but fortunately he was totally unhurt in the fall and will be more than ready to recommence the work tomorrow morning.

Alvaro Bautista 19


“For sure we started with very good feedback from the bike. This morning, I tried a different rear compound specification that Pirelli has brought, but I didn’t feel very comfortable. In the afternoon I used the rear tyre that we raced with at Barcelona and I definitely felt much better. We also tried the new front specification and I’m happy because through some corners I found that I could brake harder and keep a better line. I felt strong and could lap quite consistently. But we don’t have so many of those tyres so for the final run we went with a used front and fit a new rear. During my fastest lap, I felt the rear pushing in the final sector and I lost the front through quite a fast corner. Luckily I’m absolutely fine, but I missed out on the chance to further improve my lap time. Anyway, a very good start to the weekend, and having two Hondas in the top six is great. We need to see how the weather is tomorrow because we expect higher temperatures and we want to understand how the new tyre specifications behave in hotter conditions.”

Leon Haslam 91


“We had a good FP1. I felt we were quite consistent and kept the same tyre throughout the session. Then in the afternoon we tried a few experimental things but this kind of ruined the natural flow of our race preparation work. We also tried the new Pirelli front tyre but only did three or four laps on it; we’d need to use it over a longer distance to better understand its performance. We did better at the start of the afternoon practice, using the same set-up as we did in FP1, and I was third quickest in that session, but we’ll have to see what the weather brings tomorrow. If track temperatures go up over the weekend as we expect them to, we’ll need to work hard to try and retain the front grip and turning. We have a few things to resolve but fourth overall today is a good start.”

WorldSBK 2021
Free Practice Round 10   Spain

Free Practices Combined Results after FP2

Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'39.671
2 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'40.070 0.399
3 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'40.074 0.403
4 Haslam Leon 91 GBR Team HRC Honda 1'40.328 0.657
5 Redding Scott 45 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'40.342 0.671
6 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'40.349 0.678
7 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'40.352 0.681
8 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'40.601 0.930
9 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1'40.745 1.074
10 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'40.773 1.102
11 Bassani Alex 47 ITA Motocorsa Racing Ducati 1'40.897 1.226
12 Baz Loris 11 FRA Team GOELEVEN Ducati 1'41.091 1.420
13 Vinales Isaac 32 SPA ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 1'41.197 1.526
14 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'41.197 1.526
15 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 1'41.233 1.562
16 Folger Jonas 94 GER Bonovo MGM Racing BMW 1'41.317 1.646
17 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA Alstare Yamaha Yamaha 1'41.336 1.665
18 Mahias Lucas 44 FRA Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 1'41.375 1.704
19 Marvin Fritz 17 GER IXS-YART Yamaha Yamaha 1'41.630 1.959
20 Cavalieri Samuele 76 ITA TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 1'41.841 2.170
21 Nozane Kohta 3 JPN GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1'41.853 2.182
22 Mantovani Andrea 9 ITA Vince64 Kawasaki 1'42.044 2.373
23 Cresson Loris 84 BEL TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 1'42.282 2.611
24 Epis Lachlan 83 NZL OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 1'44.376 4.705
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

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)