Round 2 of the Superbike World Championship has come to a conclusion for Team HRC at the Spanish circuit of Jerez.

The 10-lap Tissot Superpole race got underway at 11am CET. Leon Haslam and Alvaro Bautista were lying ninth and eleventh respectively one lap in. Struggling a little to find a good rhythm, the pair lost a couple of positions apiece in the early stages only to make them back up in the second half of the short sprint, crossing the line ninth and tenth respectively.

Lining up for a much hotter race 2 later in the afternoon, with conditions very similar to those of yesterday (air 37°C, track 60°C), Haslam and Bautista got away well enough from, respectively, the third and fourth rows of the grid. Bautista, eleventh through the opening stages, made up some positions during the first half of the race, placing eighth by mid-race, a position he held until the chequered flag. Lying ninth by the end of lap one, Haslam lost two positions in the earlier stages of the race, struggling to maintain a strong pace. Holding on the best he could to the line, the Brit scored a twelfth-place finish.

As this second round draws to a conclusion, Bautista positions eighth in the championship standings with 37 points, Haslam tenth with 28 points. Team HRC will now travel immediately on to Portugal and the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve for round 3 of the championship.

Alvaro Bautista 19

“Since the last test my feeling on the bike has improved and on Friday it was fairly easy to achieve the best pace we can obtain at this stage. From that point on though, we couldn’t improve further and the extreme conditions we’ve seen here at Jerez didn’t help. Having said that, we have been working a lot over the weekend, trying many set-ups for the bike and all this information will help us to continue the work we are doing. Both Leon and I are going in the same direction and are giving similar feedback and that is positive because it means we have a clear idea of what we need. Obviously, I would have preferred to be further down this road already but at the moment this is the situation and we have to carry on with energy and positivity. Honda and HRC are working well and I think it is just a matter of time.”

Leon Haslam 91

“We had some major issues in all three races but there have also been positives: we resolved one of the problems we had yesterday in warm-up and, in cooler conditions, I was as fast as anyone and consistent, we even set a few ’39s. In the cooler conditions I felt I could ride around some of the problems while the hotter conditions only highlighted them. So, in the sprint race this morning I had some issues and had to adapt my riding style as a result. We found good pace in the end though, and I finished ninth. In the afternoon’s race I had some vibration issues right from the very start and a few other small problems along the way. To be honest, this weekend was tough, but I also realise that this is only the second race for us, despite it already being August. So, we keep working and looking forward to the next event at Portimão where we hope to take a step forward.”

WorldSBK 2020
Race Round 02   Spain

Superpole Race Results

Sunny
Humidity
49%
Track Temp
43°C
Air Temp
29°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR 12 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 16'43.589
2 Redding Scott 45 GBR 9 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 0.522
3 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 7 Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 2.701
4 Baz Loris 76 FRA 6 Ten Kate Racing - Yamaha Yamaha 4.804
5 Davies Chaz 7 GBR 5 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 6.471
6 Sykes Tom 66 GBR 4 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 8.561
7 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 3 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 11.951
8 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA 2 GRT Yamaha Yamaha 14.122
9 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 1 Team HRC Honda 14.285
10 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 0 Team HRC Honda 14.554
11 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 0 Team Goeleven Ducati 16.337
12 Fores Xavi 12 SPA 0 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 17.268
13 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 0 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 17.971
14 Cortese Sandro 11 GER 0 OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 18.741
15 Scheib Maximilian 77 CHI 0 Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki 18.786
16 Caricasulo Federico 64 ITA 0 GRT Yamaha Yamaha 19.902
17 Mercado Leandro 38 ARG 0 Motocorsa Racing Ducati 20.031
18 Melandri Marco 33 ITA 0 BARNI Racing Team Ducati 25.819
19 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA 0 Nuova M2 Racing Aprilia 26.219
20 Gabellini Lorenzo 63 ITA 0 MIE Racing Althea Honda Team Honda 36.568
21 Barrier Sylvain 20 FRA 0 BRIXX Ducati Ducati 36.574
22 Takahashi Takumi 13 JPN 0 MIE Racing Althea Honda Team Honda 36.892
23 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR 0 Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 4 Laps
WorldSBK 2020
Race Round 02   Spain

Results Race 2 (20 Laps)

Sunny
Humidity
26%
Track Temp
60°C
Air Temp
37°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Redding Scott 45 GBR 25 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 33'51.855
2 Davies Chaz 7 GBR 20 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 3.082
3 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR 16 Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 5.472
4 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 13 Team Goeleven Ducati 8.709
5 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 11 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 10.772
6 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR 10 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 12.501
7 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 9 Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 13.760
8 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 8 Team HRC Honda 17.472
9 Melandri Marco 33 ITA 7 BARNI Racing Team Ducati 19.938
10 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA 6 GRT Yamaha Yamaha 21.375
11 Sykes Tom 66 GBR 5 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 23.555
12 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 4 Team HRC Honda 28.209
13 Fores Xavi 12 SPA 3 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 29.128
14 Cortese Sandro 11 GER 2 OUTDO Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki 35.062
15 Mercado Leandro 38 ARG 1 Motocorsa Racing Ducati 35.269
16 Caricasulo Federico 64 ITA 0 GRT Yamaha Yamaha 38.450
17 Baz Loris 76 FRA 0 Ten Kate Racing - Yamaha Yamaha 44.444
18 Scheib Maximilian 77 CHI 0 Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki 45.370
19 Gabellini Lorenzo 63 ITA 0 MIE Racing Althea Honda Team Honda 1'08.007
20 Barrier Sylvain 20 FRA 0 BRIXX Ducati Ducati 3 Laps
21 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA 0 Nuova M2 Racing Aprilia 6 Laps
22 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 0 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 9 Laps
23 Takahashi Takumi 13 JPN 0 MIE Racing Althea Honda Team Honda 14 Laps
Location Information

Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto Carretera Jerez-Arcos, km 10 – Apdo de Correos 35 11592 Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz) – Spain circuitodejerez.com

POLE POSITION RIGHT
LENGTH 4.423 Km
CORNERS 13
RIGHT CORNERS 8
LEFT CORNERS 5

Records

Pole Record 1'38.247 (162,07 Km/h) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2019)
Race Record 1'39.004 (160,83 Km/h) A.Bautista (Ducati Panigale V4 R, 2019)
All Time Record 1'38.247 (162,07 Km/h) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2019)
2020 Race 1 Winner S. Redding (Ducati Panigale V4 R)
2020 Superpole Race Winner J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR)
2020 Race 2 Winner S. Redding (Ducati Panigale V4 R)