The Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team has contested the opening race of the weekend at the MotorLand Aragón circuit in north-eastern Spain, with Stefan Bradl and Nicky Hayden crossing the line in ninth and tenth positions, respectively, at the end of the 18-lap encounter.

The two Honda WorldSBK combatants got a good start from tenth and eleventh on the grid on board their Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 machines and gained one position each during the opening lap. Bradl spent most of the race ahead of his teammate as he swapped positions several times with Eugene Laverty. However, on the last lap, Hayden successfully overtook Bradl for ninth place, but the German retook the place before the chequered flag.

The starting grid for race two (13:00 GMT +2) will see Stefan Bradl lining up on row two in sixth slot, while Nicky Hayden will launch himself from twelfth place on the fourth row.

Stefan Bradl

Stefan Bradl 6

9th

It was not an easy Saturday for us. For the first time this year I found myself battling out on track and I did have some fun with Laverty, but I was suffering a bit on the back straight as we had to use an old engine after a problem in Superpole 2. The setup still needs to be improved and there were several minor issues rather than one big one, but we can still work on them ahead of race two. The key areas are rear grip but we also need to find some more stability at the front. Starting from sixth place will be interesting for me as it’ll be a little bit closer to the front, with an opportunity to learn some more from the guys ahead.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Nicky Hayden

Nicky Hayden 69

10th

We made a good change for Superpole 1 and I immediately felt much happier with the bike. A 50.9s lap-time with race tyres was definitely not bad but unfortunately I wasn’t able to lap much faster with the qualifier. I got a good start in the race but I found myself baulked entering turn one, so I lost some positions. The bike was working OK in some areas but I was struggling a little with turning. I caught up there with Eugene and Stefan and I thought I could have won that battle, so that I could start closer to the front tomorrow. I went back and forth with the Stefan on the last lap: I did get in front of him, then I thought I had a chance at Eugene but Stefan passed me again on the back straight. Obviously, we’re not too happy with tenth place but we’ll keep working and see what we can do tomorrow.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Pieter Breddels

Pieter Breddels

We couldn’t make the most of free practice 3 today as the temperatures were too low to do some important work needed. It did get warmer for Superpole 1 which helped the bike find its sweet spot and we set some competitive lap-times, especially with race tyres. In the race, Stefan struggled a bit more on the straight as he was using an old engine, while after a few laps Nicky was already experiencing some issues in getting the bike to turn the way he wanted. Both riders did a great job, though, and now we have some more time to have a look at the data for race 2.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Spanish Round

MotorLand Aragón, Spain

WorldSBK 2017, Round 3

Sunny / Dry / 14
Saturday 1 Apr 2017, 12:21 UTC
  • Air Temp: 14°C
  • Humidity: 53%
  • Ground Temp: 27°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR 25 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 33'24.302
2 Marco Melandri 33 ITA 20 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +4.058
3 Tom Sykes 66 GBR 16 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +7.512
4 Alex Lowes 22 GBR 13 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +9.962
5 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 11 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +12.302
6 Jordi Torres 81 SPA 10 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +18.995
7 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG 9 IodaRacing Team Aprilia +21.545
8 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR 8 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +27.309
9 Stefan Bradl 6 GER 7 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +27.488
10 Nicky Hayden 69 USA 6 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +27.663
11 Leon Camier 2 GBR 5 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +35.409
12 Markus Reiterberger 21 GER 4 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +41.558
13 Julian Simon SPA 3 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +44.006
14 Randy Krummenacher 15 SWI 2 Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +44.482
15 Alex De Angelis 15 RSM 1 Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki +45.915
16 Riccardo Russo 84 ITA 0 Guandalini Racing Yamaha +1'23.533
NC Chaz Davies 7 GBR 0 Aruba.it Racing Ducati DNF
NC Xavi Fores 12 SPA 0 BARNI Racing Team Ducati DNF
NC Román Ramos 40 SPA 0 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki DNF
NC Ayrton Badovini 86 ITA 0 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki DNF
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Saturday 1 Apr 2017, 09:44 UTC
  • Air Temp: 12°C
  • Humidity: 64%
  • Ground Temp: 21°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati 1'49.319
2 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.031
3 Tom Sykes 66 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.173
4 Marco Melandri 33 ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.654
5 Xavi Fores 12 SPA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +1.028
6 Jordi Torres 81 SPA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +1.078
7 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha +1.103
8 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG IodaRacing Team Aprilia +1.195
9 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +1.328
10 Nicky Hayden 69 USA Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +1.442
11 Stefan Bradl 6 GER Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +1.938
12 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +
13 Markus Reiterberger 21 GER Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +
14 Román Ramos 40 SPA Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +
15 Leon Camier 2 GBR MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +
16 Randy Krummenacher 15 SWI Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +
17 Julian Simon SPA Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +
18 Alex De Angelis 15 RSM Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki +
19 Riccardo Russo 84 ITA Guandalini Racing Yamaha +
20 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +
21 Ayrton Badovini 86 ITA Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +
Cloudy / Dry / 21
Friday 31 Mar 2017, 13:42 UTC
  • Air Temp: 21°C
  • Humidity: 42%
  • Ground Temp: 35°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 1'50.062
2 Marco Melandri 33 ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.099
3 Tom Sykes 66 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.243
4 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.321
5 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.579
6 Xavi Fores 12 SPA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +0.666
7 Jordi Torres 81 SPA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +0.736
8 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.894
9 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +0.992
10 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG IodaRacing Team Aprilia +1.112
11 Stefan Bradl 6 GER Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +1.115
12 Nicky Hayden 69 USA Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +1.445
13 Markus Reiterberger 21 GER Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +1.691
14 Román Ramos 40 SPA Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +1.704
15 Alex De Angelis 15 RSM Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki +2.018
16 Riccardo Russo 84 ITA Guandalini Racing Yamaha +2.034
17 Randy Krummenacher 15 SWI Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +2.064
18 Leon Camier 2 GBR MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +2.221
19 Julian Simon SPA Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +3.264
20 Ayrton Badovini 86 ITA Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +3.285
21 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +3.667
Rider Standings
Saturday, 1 Apr 2017 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Jonathan REA 65 GBR 125 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
2 Tom SYKES 66 GBR 78 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
3 Chaz DAVIES 7 GBR 70 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
4 Marco MELANDRI 33 ITA 65 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
5 Alex LOWES 22 GBR 62 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
6 Jordi TORRES 81 SPA 39 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
7 Michael VAN DER MARK 60 NDL 38 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
8 Xavi FORES 12 SPA 34 BARNI Racing Team Ducati
9 Leon CAMIER 2 GBR 32 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta
10 Nicky HAYDEN 69 USA 27 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
11 Eugene LAVERTY 50 GBR 23 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
12 Markus REITERBERGER 21 GER 19 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
13 Stefan BRADL 6 GER 15 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
14 Román RAMOS 40 SPA 13 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki
15 Alex DE ANGELIS 15 RSM 13 Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki
16 Randy KRUMMENACHER 15 SWI 12 Puccetti Racing Kawasaki
17 Lorenzo SAVADORI 32 ITA 10 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
18 Leandro MERCADO 36 ARG 9 IodaRacing Team Aprilia
19 Riccardo RUSSO 84 ITA 4 Guandalini Racing Yamaha
20 Joshua BROOKES 25 AUS 4 ERMotorsport-EliteRoads.com.au Yamaha
21 Julian SIMON SPA 3 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
22 Ondrej JEZEK 37 CZE 3 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
23 Ayrton BADOVINI 86 ITA 2 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki