Team HRC has completed the first of the races making up the closing round of the Superbike World Championship at the Estoril circuit. Riders Leon Haslam and Alvaro Bautista experiencing mixed fortunes in race 1, the Brit first achieving the best qualifying result of the season for Team HRC (second) and then crossing the line fifth, and the Spaniard suffering a fall just three laps from the end while lying fifth after a strong comeback.

The two Team HRC riders were out for the final Superpole of the season in dry conditions this morning. The qualifying session was red-flagged early on when another rider suffered a fall. Returning to the track with 19 minutes still on the clock, Haslam made particularly good use of the qualifying tyre, setting a 1’36.856 in the final minutes which was enough to secure a spot on the front row of the grid, in second position, for the afternoon’s Race 1. Bautista closed just over a tenth from his team-mate, his fastest time of 1’37.042 placing him eight, which translated into a spot on the third row of the starting grid.

Come 2pm local time, it was time for race 1. Haslam got away well from second, placing fourth through the initial stages. Bautista, ninth off the line, dropped back to twelfth through the first turns but then started to make up the lost ground, moving into ninth place on lap six and seventh by lap eight. Lying sixth, the British rider found himself part of a group comprising Lowes and his Spanish team-mate Bautista, the trio jostling for positions throughout the central stage of the race. As the laps went on, Alvaro looked set for a top-five finish but unfortunately a crash at turn 6 on lap 18 prevented him from crossing the line today, leaving his team-mate Leon, who was following right behind, to take his place and score the fifth-place result.

Leon Haslam 91

5th

“A good result in the end today. I was pleased to be on the front row of the grid but once the race got underway I didn’t have great feeling through the opening laps. I made a few mistakes, even running off track a couple of times which was a little frustrating. But by mid-race I had found good feeling and was able to catch up to both Alvaro and Alex (Lowes). And from there we had a good three-way battle, and ultimately I finished fifth. We made some good steps and were able to maintain strong pace throughout the race and I’m really happy to have another top five finish.”

Alvaro Bautista 19

17th

“Today I'm a little upset about the fall, really sorry actually, because at that moment I was feeling very good on the bike after making a strong comeback. We improved the race set-up of the bike a little compared to all the previous rounds, especially in terms of the electronics. The only thing is that we tend to identify the set-up a little late. Even today, I had to find all the references again during the race itself because the bike felt different from the practices, though it was better, in that I could push harder. I felt good, I could ride hard, especially when I had a free track ahead after moving up the field. I could lap with pace very close to that of the leaders. It was a shame about the crash at turn six. But we’ll try to take the positives, and make another step forward with the electronics, bearing in mind that tomorrow we have two more opportunities to run good races.”

WorldSBK 2020
Race Round 08   Portugal

Results Superpole

Sunny
Humidity
69%
Track Temp
21°C
Air Temp
17°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 1'36.154
2 Haslam Leon 91 GBR Team HRC Honda 0.702
3 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 0.711
4 Davies Chaz 7 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 0.737
5 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA Team GOELEVEN Ducati 0.757
6 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 0.793
7 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 0.874
8 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Team HRC Honda 0.888
9 Fores Xavi 12 SPA Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 0.975
10 Sykes Tom 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1.005
11 Folger Jonas 94 GER Bonovo Action by MGM Racing Yamaha 1.021
12 Baz Loris 76 FRA Ten Kate Racing Yamaha Yamaha 1.153
13 Caricasulo Federico 64 ITA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 1.327
14 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1.830
15 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 2.038
16 Mercado Leandro 38 ARG Motocorsa Racing Ducati 2.213
17 Ferrari Matteo 71 ITA BARNI Racing Team Ducati 2.221
18 Morais Sheridan 32 POR ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 2.225
19 Takahashi Takumi 13 JPN MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 2.427
20 Granado Eric 51 BRA MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 3.155
21 Barrier Sylvain 20 FRA Brixx Performance Ducati 3.192
22 Cresson Loris 84 BEL OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 4.813
23 Redding Scott 45 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati
WorldSBK 2020
Race Round 08   Portugal

Results Race 1

Sunny
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR 25 PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 34'13.229
2 Davies Chaz 7 GBR 20 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 3.039
3 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA 16 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 4.220
4 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR 13 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 9.645
5 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 11 Team HRC Honda 15.732
6 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 10 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 15.926
7 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 9 Team GOELEVEN Ducati 16.205
8 Fores Xavi 12 SPA 8 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 17.842
9 Baz Loris 76 FRA 7 Ten Kate Racing Yamaha Yamaha 18.035
10 Sykes Tom 66 GBR 6 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 18.404
11 Folger Jonas 94 GER 5 Bonovo Action by MGM Racing Yamaha 20.834
12 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 4 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 30.026
13 Mercado Leandro 38 ARG 3 Motocorsa Racing Ducati 31.886
14 Takahashi Takumi 13 JPN 2 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 47.164
15 Granado Eric 51 BRA 1 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 48.801
16 Morais Sheridan 32 POR 0 ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 56.970
17 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 0 Team HRC Honda 1'32.677
18 Cresson Loris 84 BEL 0 OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 1 Lap
19 Caricasulo Federico 64 ITA DNF GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 9 Laps
20 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL DNF PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 14 Laps
21 Redding Scott 45 GBR DNF ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 16 Laps
22 Ferrari Matteo 71 ITA DNF BARNI Racing Team Ducati 19 Laps
Location Information

Circuito Estoril – Av. Alfredo César Torres2646 – 901 Alcabideche – Portugal www.circuito-estoril.pt The Circuito Estoril, situated just 30km from the Portuguese capital city of Lisbon, will host the WorldSBK class, along with the FIM Supersport World Championship and the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship from the 16th – 18th… read more.

POLE POSITION Left
LENGHT 4.182 Km
CORNERS 13
RIGHT CORNERS 9
LEFT CORNERS 4