Team HRC have again hit the ground running in Portimão, continuing the recent positive trend with Leon Haslam placing third in FP2 and fourth overall on day 1, and Alvaro Bautista ninth, less than four tenths from his teammate.

Team HRC is in action at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal, competing in round eleven of the Superbike World Championship, which follows immediately on the back of last weekend’s tenth round at Jerez de la Frontera in Spain and represents the final European event of the 2021 WorldSBK season.

Bautista and Haslam were out on a sunny track for the morning’s first free practice. Bautista made gradual progress throughout the 45-minute session as he and his technicians made adjustments to the race set-up of his CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADE, adapting it to suit the hard rear tyre specification that Alvaro will use in the races, his favourite softer solution not available at this round. Finishing with a fastest time of 1’42.246, he lay a positive seventh at the session’s end. Haslam worked well with his team early on, but a crash mid-session then caused him to lose valuable time, the Brit forced to remain in the garage for the rest of the practice. As a result, he finished fourteenth thanks to a time of 1’42.991 that he set at the start of the session.

Keen to make up for the time he lost during the morning, Leon was quick to improve on his earlier time in the afternoon’s second free practice. Despite the hotter conditions, he continued to up the pace as the session went on, before recording a fastest time of 1’41.716 in the final stages on a used rear tyre with which he rode for the entire session. This impressive lap time assured Haslam of fourth place in the combined standings at the end of day one. Alvaro was also able to lower his lap time by a fraction of a second to set a best of 1’42.115 during the second of the day’s sessions. This meant he closed in ninth position overall, just over six tenths off the provisional pole position time.

Alvaro Bautista 19

P9

"Today was a bit of a challenging day for us because, as always, we struggle with the rear hard tyre specification, so we're trying to optimise the set-up in order to get the best we can from our package in these circumstances. This morning we tried to improve tyre shoulder grip, working a lot with the electronics and the power delivery and we did in fact make some progress. In the afternoon, when the asphalt was a little more slippery due to the higher temperatures, it was more difficult, but we were still among those who improved on their time, even if it was by just a fraction. We used the new front tyre that Pirelli introduced at Jerez and I felt good, especially in braking. Towards the end we fitted a fresh rear, but I couldn't complete a single fast lap because it was just spinning too much. Anyway, we are not far off in terms of lap times, so we hope to find a little more tomorrow.”

Leon Haslam 91

P4

“We went into this weekend with quite a different approach in terms of the chassis. So losing time this morning wasn’t ideal, but it was my fault, I was going that little bit too fast and hit the white line. The boys did a fantastic job to basically build a new bike for FP2. We stuck with the hard tyre throughout that session, and so I was really surprised we finished P3. To be honest, the times feel quite comfortable and although we have work to do in certain areas, I admit I was surprised to end up in that position today. As for tyres, I think I can make the harder solutions work better and I don’t seem to get the advantage that some riders find with the "X" solution. It’s a lot about the riding here too though, considering the kind of track it is, so a combination of things come into play. Hopefully with our new approach we can be a little bit more consistent both in practice and the races too.”

WorldSBK 2021
Free Practice Round 11   Portugal

Free Practices Combined Results after FP2

Sunny
Humidity
40%
Track Temp
46°C
Air Temp
27°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'41.466
2 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'41.657 0.191
3 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1'41.683 0.217
4 Haslam Leon 91 GBR Team HRC Honda 1'41.716 0.250
5 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'41.749 0.283
6 Baz Loris 11 FRA Team GOELEVEN Ducati 1'41.760 0.294
7 Redding Scott 45 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'41.986 0.520
8 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'42.099 0.633
9 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'42.115 0.649
10 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'42.172 0.706
11 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'42.324 0.858
12 Bassani Alex 47 ITA Motocorsa Racing Ducati 1'42.645 1.179
13 Vinales Isaac 32 SPA ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 1'42.776 1.310
14 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 1'42.853 1.387
15 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'43.157 1.691
16 Folger Jonas 94 GER Bonovo MGM Racing BMW 1'43.321 1.855
17 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA Alstare Yamaha Yamaha 1'43.866 2.400
18 Nozane Kohta 3 JPN GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1'43.937 2.471
19 Cavalieri Samuele 76 ITA TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 1'44.313 2.847
20 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 1'44.352 2.886
21 Ruiu Gabriele 16 ITA B-Max Racing Team BMW 1'44.468 3.002
22 Cresson Loris 84 BEL TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 1'44.775 3.309
23 Epis Lachlan 83 NZL OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 1'45.498 4.032
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)