Double top ten for Team HRC in a wet WorldSBK race 1 at Barcelona

Double top ten for Team HRC in a wet WorldSBK race 1 at Barcelona

18.09.2021: Catalunya Round WorldSBK 2021 Round 09 Today’s opening WorldSBK race at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit saw Team HRC rider Leon Haslam cross the line seventh and Alvaro Bautista ninth in what was a wet and action-packed race.


Catalunya Round
WorldSBK 2021   Round 09




Today’s opening WorldSBK race at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit saw Team HRC rider Leon Haslam cross the line seventh and Alvaro Bautista ninth in what was a wet and action-packed race.




After making some final set-up adjustments during the third practice session, the two Team HRC riders headed out for the Tissot Superpole, which ran in dry conditions. It all came down to the final frenetic two minutes of the session, during which almost every rider set their quickest lap times.



Haslam completed a fast lap early on, but his time was subsequently cancelled for exceeding the track limits, which only made him more determined to score a strong result. In the final seconds, Leon recorded an impressive 1’41.253 with which he concluded the qualifying in seventh place. Struggling with the rear grip, Bautista set a fastest time of 1’42.055 in the final stages to place sixteenth.



The weekend’s first 20-lap race got underway at 3:15pm local time in full wet conditions. From the third row of the grid, Haslam was lying eleventh by the end of the opening lap and moved into ninth on lap two. He continued to gain ground in the early stages, lapping with a consistently fast pace and placing seventh by lap four.



Part of a group of British riders, Haslam was lying eighth at the mid-race point but was able to regain his earlier position in the final laps to finish today’s race in seventh place. Bautista got off the line well and was in fourteenth place through the first laps before progressing to eleventh by lap six. Placing tenth by the mid-race point, he made up one position in the latter stages to cross the line ninth.   
    
       



    
Alvaro Bautista  19
RC1  P9


"This morning’s track conditions were much better than yesterday and we were able to lap faster in the final free practice session, but then in qualifying we really struggled. The rear tyre was spinning a lot and I didn't have any grip, which meant I couldn't make a really good lap, so we started very far back in Race 1.


The first part of the race was difficult, as the rear tyre was still spinning a lot. I changed mapping and started to feel better, especially with the engine brake and traction control. As a result, I started to gain some confidence and increase my pace and, from the middle of the race onwards, I was able to race with similar pace to the front group. We made up a few positions, after which the gap was too big.



We have collated a lot of information anyway, so let's see what kind of weather we will have tomorrow and if we can use today’s experience to get a better result”.         

    


       
    
Leon Haslam  91
RC1  P7



“Qualifying was positive and we were not so far off, similar to Magny-Cours really. We have a more stable dry setting anyway, that’s for sure. But I was still looking forward to racing in the rain because I felt we might have the opportunity to perhaps go for the podium.



Unfortunately though, right from lap one I really struggled with corner entry. I tried to get around it, and was able to fight with a few riders, but I honestly feel that I could have been faster if we had chosen a slightly different engine-brake setting. We’ll see how the weather is tomorrow and if we can fight for a better result”.         

    
       
    
    Results Tissot Superpole



1    SYKES Tom     66    GBR    BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team    BMW    1'40.408
2    RAZGATLIOGLU Toprak     54    TUR    PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK    Yamaha    1'40.694 0.286
3    REA Jonathan     1    GBR    Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK    Kawasaki    1'40.921 0.513
4    REDDING Scott     45    GBR    ARUBA Racing - Ducati    Ducati    1'40.978 0.570
5    LOWES Alex     22    GBR    Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK    Kawasaki    1'41.086 0.678
6    LOCATELLI Andrea     55    ITA    PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK    Yamaha    1'41.129 0.721
7    HASLAM Leon     91    GBR    Team HRC    Honda    1'41.253 0.845
8    RINALDI Michael Ruben     21    ITA    ARUBA Racing - Ducati    Ducati    1'41.275 0.867
9    VAN DER MARK Michael     60    NDL    BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team    BMW    1'41.320 0.912
10    GERLOFF Garrett     31    USA    GRT Yamaha WorldSBK    Yamaha    1'41.405 0.997
11    BASSANI Alex     47    ITA    Motocorsa Racing    Ducati    1'41.632 1.224
12    NOZANE Kohta     3    JPN    GRT Yamaha WorldSBK    Yamaha    1'41.744 1.336
13    DAVIES Chaz     7    GBR    Team GOELEVEN    Ducati    1'41.791 1.383
14    CAVALIERI Samuele     76    ITA    TPR Team Pedercini Racing    Kawasaki    1'41.801 1.393
15    MAHIAS Lucas     44    FRA    Kawasaki Puccetti Racing    Kawasaki    1'41.808 1.400
16    BAUTISTA Alvaro     19    SPA    Team HRC    Honda    1'42.055 1.647
17    MERCADO Leandro     36    ARG    MIE Racing HONDA Team    Honda    1'42.215 1.807
18    FOLGER Jonas     94    GER    Bonovo MGM Racing    BMW    1'42.257 1.849
19    VINALES Isaac     32    SPA    ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA    Kawasaki    1'42.446 2.038
20    PONSSON Christophe     23    FRA    Alstare Yamaha    Yamaha    1'42.460 2.052
21    CRESSON Loris     84    BEL    TPR Team Pedercini Racing    Kawasaki    1'43.841 3.433
22    EPIS Lachlan     83    NZL    OUTDO Kawasaki TPR    Kawasaki    1'45.732 5.324
    
    
       
    
    Results Race 1



1    REDDING Scott     45    GBR    25     ARUBA Racing - Ducati    Ducati    39'08.002
2    BASSANI Alex     47    ITA    20     Motocorsa Racing    Ducati    1.577
3    RINALDI Michael Ruben     21    ITA    16     ARUBA Racing - Ducati    Ducati    2.326
4    REA Jonathan     1    GBR    13     Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK    Kawasaki    4.554
5    VAN DER MARK Michael     60    NDL    11     BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team    BMW    6.518
6    LOWES Alex     22    GBR    10     Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK    Kawasaki    8.514
7    HASLAM Leon     91    GBR    9     Team HRC    Honda    12.695
8    SYKES Tom     66    GBR    8     BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team    BMW    15.346
9    BAUTISTA Alvaro     19    SPA    7     Team HRC    Honda    16.938
10    DAVIES Chaz     7    GBR    6     Team GOELEVEN    Ducati    33.386
11    NOZANE Kohta     3    JPN    5     GRT Yamaha WorldSBK    Yamaha    33.394
12    LOCATELLI Andrea     55    ITA    4     PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK    Yamaha    34.169
13    MAHIAS Lucas     44    FRA    3     Kawasaki Puccetti Racing    Kawasaki    34.565
14    VINALES Isaac     32    SPA    2     ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA    Kawasaki    44.546
15    MERCADO Leandro     36    ARG    1     MIE Racing HONDA Team    Honda    58.200
16    CAVALIERI Samuele     76    ITA    0     TPR Team Pedercini Racing    Kawasaki    1'07.818
17    PONSSON Christophe     23    FRA    0     Alstare Yamaha    Yamaha    1'22.762
18    CRESSON Loris     84    BEL    0     TPR Team Pedercini Racing    Kawasaki    1'25.638
19    FOLGER Jonas     94    GER    0     Bonovo MGM Racing    BMW    1'27.363
20    EPIS Lachlan     83    NZL    0     OUTDO Kawasaki TPR    Kawasaki    1 Lap
21    RAZGATLIOGLU Toprak     54    TUR    DNF     PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK    Yamaha    6 Laps
22    GERLOFF Garrett     31    USA    DNF     GRT Yamaha WorldSBK    Yamaha   
    
    
       
 Team HRC, also photos
    

 

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