Team HRC was let down by bad luck at Portimao this weekend, with both Alvaro Bautista and Leon Haslam demonstrating podium-worthy pace in qualifying and each of the three races, both in wet and dry conditions. Once again today, both riders missed out on a likely podium finish during the course of the day’s action. Alvaro Bautista did well to finish fifth in a wet Superpole race but was then struck by bad luck when he was hit by another rider and prevented from fighting for third in the afternoon’s second race. Leon Haslam unfortunately crashed while battling hard for third in the morning’s sprint race, before crossing the line eighth in race 2.

The short Tissot Superpole race got underway at 11am local time. Having rained throughout the morning, the track was wet as riders took to the grid, with light rain starting to fall again just minutes before the start. From third on the grid, Haslam placed sixth through the opening turns, team-mate Bautista tenth. Leon ran off track briefly when a rider crashed ahead of him, finding himself seventh at the end of lap one followed by his team mate, in eighth. Getting into a comfortable rhythm on the wet asphalt, Leon soon moved up into fifth, from where he pushed to catch, and then pass, championship leader Razgatlioglu on lap three. The Haslam then stuck behind third-placed Baz and was preparing to pass the Frenchman when he unfortunately crashed through turn thirteen during the course of lap eight. He got straight back on the bike but then suffered a second crash, which ultimately forced him to return to the pits. Bautista also passed Razgatlioglu mid-race to move into sixth, before gaining one more position in the latter stages and crossing the line a strong fifth.

Later in the day, the last of the weekend’s races ran in dry conditions but started a little later than scheduled and was reduced to a distance of 19 laps after a technical issue with the circuit starting lights. Bautista moved up a position on the starting grid, to fifth, thanks to his result in the Superpole race, while Haslam’s DNF meant that he started from the fourth row in eleventh place. The Team HRC duo were in ninth and tenth place through the first turns, before Bautista made a series of passes in quick succession to move into sixth place. Fourth by the mid-race point, Bautista was once again battling with Baz for third but unfortunately, a move from the French rider on lap eighteen resulted in a crash for Bautista, the rider unable to reach the line. Haslam lay ninth on lap six and then tussled with Rinaldi through the central phase of the race before concluding the race in final eighth place. A disappointing end to the day for both riders, who clearly had the potential to be on the podium in all three of the weekend’s races.

At the end of this eleventh championship round, Bautista lies ninth in the standings with 174 points, Haslam twelfth with 123. The next, penultimate round of the WorldSBK championship will take place at the San Juan Villicum circuit in Argentina on 15-17 October.

Alvaro Bautista 19

SPRC P5 RC2 DNF

“In the wet Superpole race we didn’t feel too bad and a top five result was a good outcome. In race 2 my start was similar to yesterday, so I lost some positions when the lights went out but I was able to recover well and catch the group fighting for P4. After Toprak crashed, we got another good chance to make the podium. I was very happy with our performance because I felt better than yesterday, especially with the rear tyre after we adjusted some more small details relating to the electronics. I felt good with the rear, which is a good sign because by the end of the weekend we had made the hard tyre work better than we ever have before. I was battling Baz again and, while yesterday I felt he was stronger than me around most of the track, today I felt I had a little more than him. I just had to find the best place to pass him. I tried a couple of times in turn one but he then passed me again. Finally, through turn five, after I passed him by braking effectively into the corner, I was able to keep a very good tight line but he just ran over the kerb to pass me and hit me, causing me to crash. I think his move was quite clearly not correct, as I had the correct line. I’m definitely not happy with this maneuver from Loris but at the same time I think we must be happy with our performance and the work we did because in both races we fought for the podium. That’s the most important thing in the end. Now let’s focus on Argentina and try to complete another strong weekend.”

Leon Haslam 91

SPRC DNF RC2 P8

“There have been some positives this weekend, like qualifying on the front row and then being consistent and able to fight for third in the dry. I was very disappointed with the wet race as I ran off track when Rinaldi crashed, then found the kind of pace which would have been good enough for P2 but crashed with just two laps to go. It was a real shame because I feel we deserved the podium here. In the last race, we started further back due to my earlier crash, and I really struggled to get past Rinaldi, after which my pace was again strong. In the end, the results were not what we deserved this weekend but my pace was better in the final race particularly, so that’s the take-away I guess.”

WorldSBK 2021
Race Round 11   Portugal

Results Tissot Superpole Race

Wet
Humidity
84%
Track Temp
25°C
Air Temp
19°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 12 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 19'17.562
2 Redding Scott 45 GBR 9 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 5.330
3 Baz Loris 11 FRA 7 Team GOELEVEN Ducati 7.066
4 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA 6 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 9.264
5 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 5 Team HRC Honda 9.753
6 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR 4 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 16.745
7 Bassani Alex 47 ITA 3 Motocorsa Racing Ducati 19.047
8 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA 2 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 19.115
9 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 1 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 20.901
10 Vinales Isaac 32 SPA 0 ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 28.977
11 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG 0 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 31.057
12 Cavalieri Samuele 76 ITA 0 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 38.997
13 Folger Jonas 94 GER 0 Bonovo MGM Racing BMW 41.330
14 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 0 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 51.079
15 Ruiu Gabriele 16 ITA 0 B-Max Racing Team BMW 55.894
16 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA 0 Alstare Yamaha Yamaha 56.194
17 Epis Lachlan 83 NZL 0 OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 1'23.343
18 Haslam Leon 91 GBR DNF Team HRC Honda 1 Lap
19 Nozane Kohta 3 JPN DNF GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 5 Laps
20 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR DNF Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki
21 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA DNF ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati
22 Cresson Loris 84 BEL DNF TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki
WorldSBK 2021
Race Round 11   Portugal

Results Race 2 REVISED

Sunny
Humidity
42%
Track Temp
38°C
Air Temp
22°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR 25 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 32'21.137
2 Redding Scott 45 GBR 20 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 5.425
3 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA 16 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 12.289
4 Baz Loris 11 FRA 13 Team GOELEVEN Ducati 12.300
5 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA 11 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 13.956
6 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 10 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 15.289
7 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 9 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 20.639
8 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 8 Team HRC Honda 20.933
9 Bassani Alex 47 ITA 7 Motocorsa Racing Ducati 26.031
10 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 6 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 26.276
11 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG 5 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 31.493
12 Vinales Isaac 32 SPA 4 ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 41.117
13 Nozane Kohta 3 JPN 3 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 42.583
14 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA 2 Alstare Yamaha Yamaha 48.074
15 Folger Jonas 94 GER 1 Bonovo MGM Racing BMW 51.009
16 Cavalieri Samuele 76 ITA 0 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 57.467
17 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA DNF Team HRC Honda 2 Laps
18 Ruiu Gabriele 16 ITA DNF B-Max Racing Team BMW 9 Laps
19 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR DNF PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 10 Laps
20 Rabat Tito 53 SPA DNF Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 13 Laps
21 Epis Lachlan 83 NZL DNF OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 15 Laps
22 Cresson Loris 84 BEL DNF TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 17 Laps
Location Information

Autódromo Internacional do Algarve Sitio do Escampadinho, Mexilhoeira Grande, 8500-148 Portimão, Portugal autodromodoalgarve.com

Pole Position Right
Length 4.592 Km
Corners 15
Right Corners 9
Left Corners 6

Records

Pole Record 1'40.219 (164,95 Km/h) T.Razgatlioglu (Yamaha YZF R1, 2021)
Race Record 1'41.272 (163,24 Km/h) J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2019)
All Time Record 1'40.219 (164,95 Km/h) T.Razgatlioglu (Yamaha YZF R1, 2021)
2021 Race 1 Winner T.Razgatlioglu (Yamaha)
2021 Superpole Race Winner M. Van Der Mark (BMW)
2021 Race 2 Winner J. Rea (Kawasaki)