On the pace through the first half of the lap, Alvaro Bautista and Leon Haslam struggle to maintain the same speed in the twisty final sector of the San Juan Villicum track. Split by just over one tenth of a second in the standings, they are working with the team to find the best set-up compromise for tomorrow.

The penultimate round of the 2021 Superbike World Championship is now underway for Team HRC at the San Juan Villicum circuit in Argentina, riders Leon Haslam and Alvaro Bautista rounding out day one in tenth and eleventh place respectively.

The two factory riders were out on what was quite a dirty track for free practice one this morning, a sandstorm yesterday afternoon having left the asphalt in a less than ideal condition. The entire Superbike field were faced with the same difficulties of course, and so riders made the best of the situation and quickly got down to work in the relatively cool but dry conditions. Both Haslam and Bautista worked with their respective technicians to start adapting their CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADES to the South American track. A fastest time of 1’39.837, set in the final seconds, saw the Spaniard place ninth, just ahead of his British team-mate, eleventh with a 1’39.984.

As is often the case, times began to drop during the afternoon’s second session, also considering that the track conditions were gradually improving. Both Team HRC riders were able to improve significantly on their earlier references, Bautista setting a best of 1’39.284 to position eleventh overall, Haslam just over a tenth ahead of him in tenth place thanks to a fastest time of 1’39.177. The pair plan to use tomorrow’s final practice to work on the bike set-up so as to try and be faster through the final two sectors of the track before doing their best to score a solid qualifying position during the Superpole.

Alvaro Bautista 19

P11

"Honestly, I expected to find the track in a much worse condition after yesterday's sandstorm, but it actually wasn't that bad. Obviously, this morning was worse than the afternoon but eventually it settled down. We have been trying to improve in the changes of direction because I lose a little grip and so am always a little late. And we want to pick up the pace especially through the second half of the track. In the second session, we made a few changes but we haven’t seen enough of an improvement yet. We hope to do so tomorrow, because we’re suffering a bit more here with respect to other tracks. Tomorrow we will try to get a little bit closer to the frontrunners."

Leon Haslam 91

P10

“The circuit was dusty today, and we spent the sessions learning and getting up to speed really. This is our first visit here with the Honda and I feel we gathered a lot of information, but we still have work to do. Through the first half of the lap, we’re not far off but we have some problems through the tighter corners, something we already know, so we need to come to some kind of compromise tomorrow.”

WorldSBK 2021
Free Practice Round 12   Argentina

Free Practices Combined Results after FP2

Sunny
Humidity
19%
Track Temp
40°C
Air Temp
18°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'37.872
2 Redding Scott 45 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'38.118 0.246
3 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'38.420 0.548
4 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'38.433 0.561
5 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'38.501 0.629
6 Davies Chaz 7 GBR Team GOELEVEN Ducati 1'38.501 0.629
7 Bassani Alex 47 ITA Motocorsa Racing Ducati 1'38.851 0.979
8 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'38.875 1.003
9 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1'38.879 1.007
10 Haslam Leon 91 GBR Team HRC Honda 1'39.177 1.305
11 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'39.284 1.412
12 Vinales Isaac 32 SPA ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 1'39.291 1.419
13 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 1'39.309 1.437
14 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'39.323 1.451
15 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'39.526 1.654
16 Cavalieri Samuele 76 ITA TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 1'39.753 1.881
17 Nozane Kohta 3 JPN GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1'39.857 1.985
18 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 1'40.076 2.204
19 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA Alstare Yamaha Yamaha 1'40.678 2.806
20 Solorza Marco 39 ARG OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 1'42.469 4.597
21 Ribodino Luciano 4 ARG OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 1'42.776 4.904
Location Information

Circuito San Juan Villicum Ruta 40 Norte Parque Industrial Villicum Argentina

POLE POSITION Right
LENGHT 4.276 Km
CORNERS 17
RIGHT CORNERS 7
LEFT CORNERS 10

Records

Pole Record 1'37.617 (157,69 Km/h) S. Redding (Ducati Panigale V4 R, 2021)
Race Record 1'37.345 (158,13) SPRC, S. Redding (Ducati Panigale V4 R, 2021)
All Time Record 1'37.239 (158,31 Km/h) FP3, T.Razgatlioglu (Yamaha YZF R1, 2021)
2021 Race 1 Winner T.Razgatlioglu (Yamaha YZF R1)
2021 Superpole Race Winner T.Razgatlioglu (Yamaha YZF R1)
2021 Race 2 Winner S. Redding (Ducati Panigale V4 R)