Having travelled straight from Jerez de la Frontera in Spain following last weekend’s second WorldSBK championship round, today saw Team HRC out on track at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal, taking part in the first free practice sessions making up the season’s third round.

At 10.30am local time, it was curtains up on the first practice session of the weekend. Factory riders Leon Haslam and Alvaro Bautista both worked hard with their technicians as they began to work on the setup of their CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP machines. By the end of the 50-minute session, the British rider had set a best of 1’43.362 to place seventh, while Spaniard Bautista closed tenth having recorded a fastest lap time of 1’43.636. 

Later in the afternoon, Team HRC was back on track for Free Practice 2 and saw Bautista improve on his earlier time by roughly four tenths, despite an innocuous crash mid-session, to finish ninth in the combined standings with a time of 1’43.209. Haslam placed eleventh at the end of the day with the time he set during the morning’s session, struggling a little later in the day with pain owing to a tooth abscess.

Team HRC will return to the track tomorrow for a final free practice, Superpole and the weekend’s first Superbike race.

Alvaro Bautista 19

9th 1'43.209

“Today has been a positive day I’d say. My feeling this morning was not the best but we made some small adjustments this afternoon and these gave me more confidence. I was lapping more consistently even on used tyres and despite a small crash in turn 5, I can say I’m happy with what we’ve done. Perhaps the lap times could be better, but the feeling with the bike is good and I think we can take another step tomorrow. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do.”

Leon Haslam 91

11th 1'43.362

“I was happy with the morning’s work. We completed the whole session with one tyre and I was in the top three or four in terms of lap times, so it was all going well. Then this afternoon things were a little tougher, firstly physically, because I’ve been suffering from an abscess on a tooth which meant I had to visit the Clinica and get some medication from the doctors. And in addition, we tried a few things during the second session that perhaps took us in the wrong direction. So the aim for tomorrow is to reset; hopefully my tooth will be better too, and we can hit the ground running.”

WorldSBK 2020
Free Practice Round 03   Portugal

Free Practices Combined Results after FP2

Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'42.103
2 Baz Loris 76 FRA Ten Kate Racing - Yamaha Yamaha 0.405
3 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 0.440
4 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA Team Goeleven Ducati 0.457
5 Redding Scott 45 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 0.550
6 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 0.619
7 Sykes Tom 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 0.676
8 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1.100
9 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Team HRC Honda 1.106
10 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1.256
11 Haslam Leon 91 GBR Team HRC Honda 1.259
12 Davies Chaz 7 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1.446
13 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA GRT Yamaha Yamaha 1.467
14 Cortese Sandro 11 GER OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 1.764
15 Mercado Leandro 38 ARG Motocorsa Racing Ducati 1.765
16 Fores Xavi 12 SPA Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 1.587
17 Caricasulo Federico 64 ITA GRT Yamaha Yamaha 1.787
18 Scheib Maximilian 77 CHI Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki 1.889
19 Melandri Marco 33 ITA BARNI Racing Team Ducati 1.832
20 Barrier Sylvain 20 FRA BRIXX Ducati Ducati 2.237
21 Takahashi Takumi 13 JPN MIE Racing Althea Honda Team Honda 2.354
22 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA Nuova M2 Racing Aprilia 3.122
23 Gabellini Lorenzo 63 ITA MIE Racing Althea Honda Team Honda 5.262
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


Pole Record 1'39.610 (165,959 Km/h) J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2022)
Race Record 1'39.826 (165,600) T.Razgatlioglu (Yamaha YZF R1, 2023 - SPRC)
All Time Record 1'39.610 (165,959 Km/h) J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2022)
2023 Race 1 Winner A. Bautista (Ducati V4 R)
2023 Superpole Race Winner A. Bautista (Ducati V4 R)
2023 Race 2 Winner A. Bautista (Ducati V4 R)