The second and final day of racing at Motorland Aragón, which was characterised by mixed conditions, saw Alvaro Bautista and Leon Haslam score seventh and tenth place respectively in the morning’s Tissot Superpole race. In race 2, Bautista crossed the line eleventh, while Haslam unfortunately failed to finish.

Thanks to yesterday’s qualifying results, Bautista and Haslam lined up on the third row of the grid for the 10-lap Tissot Superpole race, which ran on a wet track. Both riders got away fast and were lying fifth and sixth through the opening turns, but, having opted for rain tyres, lost a little ground over the subsequent laps when the track started to dry out. Part of a group of five riders, the Team HRC pair battled hard over the course of the brief race, but the limited laps meant that they could only do so much. Bautista ultimately crossed the line seventh, a fraction of a second behind Razgatlioglu, while Haslam finished the race tenth.

The second Superbike race followed at 2pm CET. Based on the results of the morning’s Superpole race, Bautista started from seventh on the grid, and Haslam tenth, both on intermediate tyres. Bautista held his position through the opening turns, while Haslam gained a position to move into ninth on lap one, then eighth come lap three. On lap five, Haslam unfortunately crashed into turn 2, putting a premature end to what could have been a promising race. From the mid-race point, Bautista found himself struggling again with an electric problem, which caused him to progressively lose out in the latter stages and cross the line in eventual eleventh position.

At the end of this opening weekend, Haslam positions twelfth in the general standings with eight points, followed by Bautista, thirteenth, also with eight points. Team HRC will travel immediately on to Portugal, and the circuit of Estoril, where round 2 of the WorldSBK championship is set to play out already next weekend (28-30 May).

Alvaro Bautista 19

Superpole Race P7 Race 2 P11

“Today in the Superpole race we opted for rain tyres and when the track started to dry out the riders who had chosen intermediates or slicks clearly had different pace. In the end we ended up seventh, the second fastest among those who’d opted for rain tyres. The positive thing is that I had good feeling with the bike in conditions where we have struggled in the past, and that means we’ve taken a step forward in that respect. In race 2, the track was wetter than in the morning and we opted for intermediates, but the asphalt dried quickly during the race. It was the first time I was using these tyres and with a setting that was a bit of a mix, I wasn’t perfectly comfortable. Then, towards the middle of the race I started to have the same electric problem as yesterday and kept struggling to change gear. I had to manage the situation, riding very carefully to avoid taking any risks. It's a shame, because without this problem yesterday we would have been fighting for the podium, and at least for the top six today. Having said that, we have to stay focused on the positive things, on the fact that we have worked very well on the set-up, the geometry, the suspension, and also the electronics. This gives me a lot of positive energy for next weekend at Estoril.”

Leon Haslam 91

Superpole Race P10 Race 2 DNF

“The Superpole race did not go well unfortunately, after what was a positive (wet) warm-up. One of the issues was that we should have gone with the intermediate, but we also struggled a bit with throttle delivery. So a difficult race in which I took some risks on several occasions. Then in the final race we went with the intermediate solution, as did most riders, and the pace felt really good. I felt that we resolved the power delivery, as well as a few other things, it was only unfortunate that I then crashed. So even though the results overall have not been what we wanted, I do feel that we were able to make a good step in this final race, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what we can do next weekend at Estoril.”

WorldSBK 2021
Race Round 01   Aragon

Results Tissot Superpole Race

Mixed
Humidity
65%
Track Temp
18°C
Air Temp
12°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR 12 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 19'47.979
2 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 9 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 3.506
3 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA 7 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 5.051
4 Davies Chaz 7 GBR 6 Team GOELEVEN Ducati 8.908
5 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 5 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 10.175
6 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR 4 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 29.342
7 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 3 Team HRC Honda 29.565
8 Redding Scott 45 GBR 2 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 33.361
9 Nozane Kohta 3 JPN 1 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 33.675
10 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 0 Team HRC Honda 34.771
11 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 0 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 36.451
12 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA 0 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 38.709
13 Folger Jonas 94 GER 0 Bonovo MGM Racing BMW 41.188
14 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 0 BARNI Racing Team Ducati 51.975
15 Vinales Isaac 32 SPA 0 ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 52.644
16 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 0 RC Squadra Corse BMW 52.912
17 Bassani Alex 47 ITA 0 Motocorsa Racing Ducati 1'07.329
18 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG 0 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 1'15.604
19 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA 0 Alstare Yamaha Yamaha 1'16.459
20 Cresson Loris 84 BEL 0 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 1'17.105
21 Sykes Tom 66 GBR 0 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 3 laps
22 Cavalieri Samuele 76 ITA 0 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 7 laps
23 Mahias Lucas 44 FRA 0 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 8 laps
WorldSBK 2021
Race Round 01   Aragon

Results Race 2

Mixed
Humidity
70%
Track Temp
19°C
Air Temp
11°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Redding Scott 45 GBR 25 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 34'19.394
2 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR 20 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 9.856
3 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 16 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 10.434
4 Sykes Tom 66 GBR 13 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 12.094
5 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 11 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 16.234
6 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR 10 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 20.191
7 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA 9 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 20.427
8 Folger Jonas 94 GER 8 Bonovo MGM Racing BMW 20.587
9 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA 7 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 25.026
10 Mahias Lucas 44 FRA 6 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 28.855
11 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 5 Team HRC Honda 35.644
12 Nozane Kohta 3 JPN 4 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 38.275
13 Vinales Isaac 32 SPA 3 ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 41.585
14 Bassani Alex 47 ITA 2 Motocorsa Racing Ducati 44.922
15 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA 1 Alstare Yamaha Yamaha 46.022
16 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 0 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'08.072
17 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 0 RC Squadra Corse BMW 1'13.998
18 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG 0 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 1'14.859
19 Davies Chaz 7 GBR 0 Team GOELEVEN Ducati 1 lap
20 Cresson Loris 84 BEL 0 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 2 laps
21 Cavalieri Samuele 76 ITA 0 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 3 lap
22 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 0 BARNI Racing Team Ducati 4 laps
23 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 0 Team HRC Honda 14 laps
Location Information

The MotorLand Aragon road racing circuit was opened in 2009 and in 2011 it became the fifth Spanish track to host the WorldSBK™ Championship. MotorLand Aragón Ctra. TE- V- 7033 KM. 1. 44600 Alcañiz (Teruel) – Spain motorlandaragon.com

Pole Position Right
Length 5.077 Km
Corners 17
Right Corners 7
Left Corners 10

Records

Pole Record 1'48.458 (168,519 Km/h) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2021)
Race Record 1'49.620 (166,73 Km/h) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2020 RC1, Aragon Round)
All Time Record 1'48.458 (168,519 Km/h) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2021)
2021 Race 1 Winner J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR)
2021 Superpole Race Winner J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR)
2021 Race 2 Winner S. Redding (Ducati Panigale V4 R)