The Superbike field got a first taste of the new Navarra Circuit in Northern Spain as the first practice sessions making up the seventh Superbike World Championship round played out today in sunny conditions.

Team HRC riders Alvaro Bautista and Leon Haslam made some progress throughout the opening session, picking up the pace in the final stages as their confidence around the new track grew. Bautista, for whom this weekend constitutes another home round, was able to set a fastest time of 1’38.531, which saw him place seventh, while Haslam ended the session in fifteenth position with a 1’39.257.

During the second afternoon session, both riders worked steadily with their respective technicians to find a suitable set-up for their CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADES around the Spanish track. With conditions much warmer than in the morning, Bautista, along with many other riders, was unable to improve on his earlier time, closing eighth in the combined standings.  Haslam was able to lower his lap time in the early stages, a 1’39.207 but rounded out day one in fifteenth position.

Alvaro Bautista 19

“We tested here a couple of months ago and conditions remain similar now, in that the track is still bumpy. It’s a challenging one, with many slow corners – I think the most enjoyable section is the first fast corner. This morning we had issues with the braking, my bike rather unstable, so in the afternoon we tried to work on this but the track conditions were hotter and so we had less grip. I tried some different compounds but the grip, particularly at the edge of the tyre, was very low. We have some more ideas for tomorrow anyway, and this morning we weren’t so far from the front, so let’s see if we can find something to improve the bike’s stability and rear grip.”

Leon Haslam 91

“This morning we had a small crash, unfortunately it came when I put a new tyre in so results in the end were not so good. We are having some problems trying to stop the bike. Conditions this afternoon were very hot, and we spent most of the session trying to understand how to improve in terms of corner entry because we had the same issue as in the morning and I could not go any faster with the new tyre. We still have some work to do tomorrow, but we knew this circuit would be tough. We are competitive at many tracks, but the very tight corners are one of the areas in which we need to improve, and this circuit in particular has a lot of these. It’s a good track at which to test our weak points anyway, and we will keep trying and pushing for this.”

WorldSBK 2021
Free Practice Round 07   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 1'37.629
2 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'37.752 +0.123
3 Redding Scott 45 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'37.793 +0.164
4 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1'38.082 +0.453
5 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'38.097 +0.468
6 Davies Chaz 7 GBR Team GOELEVEN Ducati 1'38.229 +0.600
7 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'38.470 +0.841
8 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'38.531 +0.902
9 Sykes Tom 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'38.536 +0.907
10 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'38.564 +0.935
11 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'38.710 +1.081
12 Bassani Alex 47 ITA Motocorsa Racing Ducati 1'38.823 +1.194
13 Folger Jonas 94 GER Bonovo MGM Racing BMW 1'38.993 +1.364
14 Rabat Tito 53 SPA BARNI Racing Team Ducati 1'39.048 +1.419
15 Haslam Leon 91 GBR Team HRC Honda 1'39.207 +1.578
16 Mahias Lucas 44 FRA Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 1'39.487 +1.858
17 Nozane Kohta 3 JPN GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1'39.826 +2.197
18 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA Alstare Yamaha Yamaha 1'40.492 +2.863
19 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 1'40.699 +3.070
20 Uramoto Naomichi 6 JPN JEG Racing Suzuki 1'41.017 +3.388
21 Cresson Loris 84 BEL TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 1'41.653 +4.024
22 Uribe Jason 14 USA OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 1'42.256 +4.627
Location Information

The Navarra circuit is located near the town of Los Arcos, along the new stretch of the Autovía del Camino highway that links Pamplona and Logroño, between the towns of Estella and Viana. Circuito de Navarra Calle Malvasia 5, 31210 Los Arcos, Navarra