The final WorldSBK test sessions prior to the start of the 2020 Championship have now drawn to a close for Team HRC. On track at Phillip Island in Australia, Alvaro Bautista and Leon Haslam worked hard across Monday and Tuesday, despite rain conditioning proceedings on Monday afternoon.

With significant set-up solutions to test, the team adopted a methodical approach on Monday and made gradual progress on both sides of the garage. Back on what initially was still a wet track this morning, both Haslam and Bautista were nevertheless able to improve on their best times set yesterday, the Brit recording a 1’31.046 to finish sixth, the Spaniard lowering his time by more than a second to close eighth with a 1’31.453.

Conditions remained dry for the afternoon’ final session and, towards the very end of this last session, Haslam was able to further lower his lap time, setting a 1’30.882 to position fifth in the combined two-day standings. Bautista closed tenth overall with the time set during the morning’s stint (1’31.453).

Team HRC will return to the Phillip Island circuit on Friday, ready for the first practice sessions making up the opening round of the 2020 Superbike World Championship.

Private: L Haslam 91

5th 1'30.882

“We’ve made some steps forward today, despite the windy conditions being a bit of a problem this afternoon. Unfortunately, there is never enough time, especially considering how many elements we have to test but we’ve got a lot done here. Our lap times are not bad and I’m quite happy with our consistency in terms of the tyres. Overall, I feel we’re making good progress although the testing only tells us so much of course. We won’t know exactly where we are until we race, so we’ll know more come the weekend – it’s going to be interesting.”

Alvaro Bautista 19

10th 1'31.453

“This test has been very important for us of course and I think we’ve made progress. With respect to yesterday, my feeling with the Fireblade was a little better this morning, while this afternoon was a little trickier in the wind and on a more slippery track. We’ve also tested tyres today, finding positives and negatives as is always the case, and we also attempted a long run in order to collect as much data as possible ahead of the first races. All this information is really important as we move forward and I’m confident we can take another step forward this coming weekend. The potential, power and speed are all there, now we just need to work to be able to effectively harness it all.”

WorldSBK 2020

Combined Results Day-2

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'30.448
2 Baz Loris 76 FRA Ten Kate Racing - Yamaha Yamaha 1'30.524
3 Sykes Tom 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'30.568
4 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'30.752
5 Haslam Leon 91 GBR Team HRC Honda 1'30.882
6 Redding Scott 45 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'30.885
7 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'31.077
8 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA Team Goeleven Ducati 1'31.407
9 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'31.436
10 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'31.453
11 Davies Chaz 7 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'31.533
12 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'31.560
13 Cortese Sandro 11 GER OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 1'31.565
14 Fores Xavi 12 SPA Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 1'31.653
15 Scheib Maximilian 77 CHI Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki 1'31.810
16 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA GRT Yamaha Junior Team Yamaha 1'31.941
17 Caricasulo Federico 64 ITA GRT Yamaha Junior Team Yamaha 1'31.944
18 Camier Leon 2 GBR BARNI Racing Team Ducati 1'32.676
19 Takahashi Takumi 13 JPN MIE Racing Althea Honda Team Honda 1'36.314