The opening day of the Argentinean round at the San Juan Villicum Circuit played out in hot and sunny conditions. Track conditions, on the other hand, proved quite challenging for the riders, the surface dusty and slippery.

Hotter temperatures during the afternoon didn’t help the situation in terms of grip, and lap times remained considerably higher with respect to last year’s references. The first day concluded with Ryuichi Kiyonari in 16th and Leon Camier in 18th place.

Tomorrow’s final Free Practice session has been extended by 15 minutes, meaning that FP3 will take place from 10:30 to 11:05 am local time. The Superpole will follow at 13:00 and Race 1 at 16.00 local time.

Ryuichi Kiyonari

Ryuichi Kiyonari 23

This circuit seems good in terms of the layout, and it’s a nice one to ride, but honestly it’s very difficult to find any positives regarding the track conditions we have found here. The asphalt is dusty, dirty and slippery and the grip did not improve over the course of the day. I expected it to be better in the afternoon once some other sessions had taken place but that was not the case, in fact the opposite was true. So all in all, it was quite a difficult day.

Moriwaki Althea Honda Team
Leon Camier

Leon Camier 2

Today’s conditions made it very difficult for me to ride. Unfortunately, the track is really very dirty, one of the worst I’ve seen. Through some corners I can’t even put my knee down. I saw some of the other riders out on track and they are probably working better than I did, but even the fastest riders are several seconds slower than last year. We made some changes to the set up and found something of a direction, but the situation looks quite challenging for this moment.

Moriwaki Althea Honda Team
Private: Motul Argentinean Round

Circuito San Juan Villicum, Argentina

WorldSBK 2019, Round 12

Sunny / 30
Friday 11 Oct 2019, 22:20 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 30°C
  • Humidity: 26%
  • Ground Temp: 48°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Alvaro Bautista 19 SPA Racing – Ducati Ducati 1'43.614
2 Jonathan Rea 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.104
3 Michael Rinaldi 21 ITA Barni Racing Team Ducati +1.229
4 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Racing – Ducati Ducati +1.252
5 Tom Sykes 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW +1.320
6 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR Turkish Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +1.331
7 Leon Haslam 91 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +1.397
8 Sandro Cortese 11 GER GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha +1.530
9 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha +1.655
10 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha +1.723
11 Jordi Torres 81 SPA Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki +2.010
12 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki +2.909
13 Loris Baz 76 FRA Ten Kate Racing Yamaha +3.025
14 Marco Melandri 33 ITA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha +3.104
15 Alessandro Delbianco 52 ITA Althea Mie Racing Team Honda +3.940
16 Ryuichi Kiyonari 23 JPN Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda +3.999
17 Markus Reiterberger 28 GER BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW +4.073
18 Leon Camier 2 GBR Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda +4.374
19 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Team Go Eleven Ducati +6.989