The 2021 Superbike World Championship has landed in Argentina, at the San Juan Villicum circuit, the stage for this weekend’s penultimate round of the season. For Team HRC and riders Alvaro Bautista and Leon Haslam, the aim is to finish the year strong, building on the progress they have enjoyed over recent race weekends.

During the 2019 edition (the 2020 round was cancelled due to the global pandemic), Bautista played a starring role, achieving a win and a second-place finish across the weekend’s races. Haslam scored a best of sixth in race 1.

At this year’s latest round, which ran at the Portuguese track of Portimão just ten days ago, both riders were in the mix for the podium across all of the weekend’s three races, only bad luck keeping them from an eventual top three finish. The team will therefore approach the weekend in a similar fashion, working consistently and methodically right from Friday in order to best prepare for the races and strive to finish the season on a high.

Weekend schedule (CEST-5):

Friday

10.30 – 11.15 – SBK Free Practice 1

15.00 – 15.45 – SBK Free Practice 2

Saturday

10.00 – 10.30 – SBK Free Practice 3

12.10 – 12.25 – Superpole

15.00 – SBK Race 1

Sunday

10.00 – 10.15 – SBK Warm-up

12.00 – SBK Superpole race

15.00 – SBK Race 2

 

Alvaro Bautista 19

“I’m happy to go to Argentina, not only because I like the track but also because it is a signal that the global situation is improving as far as the pandemic is concerned. We might not be ‘back to normal’ yet but it’s a step forward. I have good memories of the track, having won there on my first visit two years ago. The layout is enjoyable because it offers a bit of everything, with some long corners, changes of direction and hard braking areas. It’s a challenging track for everyone and I’m looking forward to tackling it. We will adopt our usual approach, trying to start well already on Friday and keep up the good work we’ve been doing. I’m looking forward to further closing the gap and getting the best possible performance from our package.”

Leon Haslam 91

“I’ve raced in Argentina just once before, in 2019, and I actually had a crash on the first day, so it wasn’t the best weekend for me. Having said that, I love to go to new circuits and different countries so it’s definitely exciting to have an overseas race where we travel outside of Europe. Hopefully we can go there and enjoying both the racing and Argentina itself.”

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)