Team HRC and factory riders Leon Haslam and Alvaro Bautista conclude the opening round of the 2020 FIM Superbike World Championship at the Australian track of Phillip Island with two hard-fought races and strong pace.

The 10-lap Tissot Superpole race got underway at 12pm local time. Lining up fifth on the grid, Haslam ran wide through the first corner finding himself fourteenth at the end of lap one. Battling hard and passing several riders mid-race, the Brit was up into tenth by lap six. Gaining further ground in the final stages, the Team HRC rider powered his CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP to a solid eighth-place finish.

Getting away very well from fourteenth on the grid, Bautista was up into ninth place and well positioned for further progresses when a crash at turn 6 forced him to return to the garage. Back out for the final stages of the race, the Spaniard crossed the line in sixteenth position.

Lining up for race 2 later in the afternoon Bautista, from fourteenth, quickly moved up into tenth position. His impressive pace saw him continue to work his way up the timesheets, fighting as part of the chasing group for fifth place. Oscillating between fifth and seventh, the Spaniard ultimately crossed the line in sixth position. As this first round draws to a close, Alvaro lies sixth in the general classification having scored 20 points over the weekend.

From eighth on the grid, British rider Haslam barely had chance to get into a rhythm before a crash at turn 10 pushed him to the back of the field. Leon didn’t give up and after re-joining the race worked hard to close the gap to those immediately ahead of him, finishing in twelve position. He scored four points with this result, for a total of 17, which places him ninth in the championship standings at the end of this opening round.

Team HRC will travel on to Qatar, and the Losail International Circuit, where round 2 of the 2020 Championship is set to take place over the weekend of 13-15 March.

Alvaro Bautista

Alvaro Bautista 19

Today was more difficult than yesterday also because I started from the back in Race 2 following this morning’s crash in the sprint race. A pity because I think I could have fought in the top five in the Superpole race. We made another little change to the bike today and that was definitely an improvement, but I tried too hard and lost the front. Track conditions in the afternoon were really tricky, as I had no grip or sufficient corner speed. Considering that one of the areas we are working on is acceleration, Race 2 was honestly quite tough. All in all though, we are not too far from the fastest riders and I’m happy with our weekend. I think it has been positive for us because we’ve taken some small steps forward and collected a lot of data during these three races to be able to continue with bike development. I want to say thank you to Honda because it’s not easy to win right away with a new bike, especially with a rider like me, used to another engine configuration. Everyone is really supportive and helping me, trying to give me everything I ask for, and we have real margin for improvement with our bike

Team HRC
Leon Haslam

Leon Haslam 91

A false neutral, my mistake, caused me to crash in Race 2. I’m a little disappointed with the weekend’s results because I felt we had the pace to be on the podium. But we all know that, at this track, it is key to put everything together, saving the tyre, engine management etc. and so I think that’s why we did how we did today, with no previous references to use either of course. In Race 1, we were there until four laps from the end, so the weekend has had its positives of course, while today was a little more difficult. Essentially, I’m fairly happy with our speed, but we need to manage it better. We’re still testing fundamental things and strategies and that work will continue at the next round of Qatar

Team HRC
Australian Round

Phillip Island, Australia

WorldSBK 2020, Round 1

Sunday 1 Mar 2020, 04:49 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Alex Lowes 22 GBR 25 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki
2 Jonathan Rea 1 GBR 20 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki +0.037
3 Scott Redding 45 GBR 16 Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Ducati +0.849
4 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 13 Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha +1.784
5 Chaz Davies 7 GBR 11 Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Ducati +4.278
6 Alvaro Bautista 19 SPA 10 Team HRC Honda +4.322
7 Max Scheib 77 CHI 9 Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki +4.829
8 Loris Baz 76 FRA 8 Ten Kate Racing Yamaha Yamaha +6.172
9 Sandro Cortese 11 GER 7 Outdo Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki +11.057
10 Tom Sykes 66 GBR 6 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW +17.204
11 Xavi Fores 12 SPA 5 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +33.338
12 Leon Haslam 91 GBR 4 Team HRC Honda +33.779
Sunday 1 Mar 2020, 02:28 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki
2 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha +0.067
3 Scott Redding 45 GBR Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Ducati +0.072
4 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki +0.205
5 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha +1.088
6 Tom Sykes 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW +1.631
7 Loris Baz 76 FRA Ten Kate Racing Yamaha Yamaha +1.849
8 Leon Haslam 91 GBR Team HRC Honda +7.145
9 Michael Rinaldi 21 ITA Team GoEleven Ducati +7.219
10 Max Scheib 77 CHI Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki +7.433
11 Sandro Cortese 11 GER Outdo Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki +9.678
12 Xavi Fores 12 SPA Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +10.744
13 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Ducati +11.124
14 Federico Caricasulo 64 ITA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha +31.961
15 Takumi Takahashi 13 JPN MIE Racing Althea Honda Team Honda +36.341
16 Alvaro Bautista 19 SPA Team HRC Honda +3 laps
Saturday 29 Feb 2020, 05:56 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR 25 Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha
2 Alex Lowes 22 GBR 20 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki +0.007
3 Scott Redding 45 GBR 16 Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Ducati +0.041
4 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 13 Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha +0.137
5 Leon Haslam 91 GBR 11 Team HRC Honda +3.910
6 Alvaro Bautista 19 SPA 10 Team HRC Honda +4.426
7 Loris Baz 76 FRA 9 Ten Kate Racing Yamaha Yamaha +4.493
8 Chaz Davies 7 GBR 8 Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Ducati +11.849
9 Tom Sykes 66 GBR 7 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW +11.910
10 Michael Rinaldi 21 ITA 6 Team GoEleven Ducati +11.922
11 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR 5 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW +11.949
12 Federico Caricasulo 64 ITA 4 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha +20.720
13 Sandro Cortese 11 GER 3 Outdo Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki +20.778
14 Garrett Gerloff 31 USA 2 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha +26.039
15 Max Scheib 77 CHI 1 Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki +34.385
16 Takumi Takahashi 13 JPN 0 MIE Racing Althea Honda Team Honda +8 laps
17 Xavi Fores 12 SPA 0 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +12 laps
18 Jonathan Rea 1 GBR 0 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki +17 laps
Friday 28 Feb 2020, 16:03 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Scott Redding 45 GBR Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Ducati 1:30.436
2 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha +0.418
3 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha +0.469
4 Leon Haslam 91 GBR Team HRC Honda +0.500
5 Loris Baz 76 FRA Ten Kate Racing Yamaha Yamaha +0.537
6 Jonathan Rea 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki +0.542
7 Tom Sykes 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW +0.725
8 Alvaro Bautista 19 SPA Team HRC Honda +0.765
9 Michael Rinaldi 21 ITA Team GoEleven Ducati +0.777
10 Xavi Fores 12 SPA Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +0.829
11 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki +0.900
12 Sandro Cortese 11 GER Outdo Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki +0.961
13 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Ducati +1.042
14 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW +1.311
15 Garrett Gerloff 31 USA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha +1.462
16 Federico Caricasulo 64 ITA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha +1.572
17 Max Scheib 77 CHI Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki +1.594
18 Leon Camier 2 GBR Barni Racing Team Ducati +2.213
19 Takumi Takahashi 13 JPN MIE Racing Althea Honda Team Honda +4.559
Rider Standings
Sunday, 1 Mar 2020 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Alex LOWES 22 GBR 45 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki
2 Scott REDDING 45 GBR 32 Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Ducati
3 Michael VAN DER MARK 60 NDL 26 Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha
4 Toprak RAZGATLIOGLU 54 TUR 25 Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha
5 Jonathan REA 1 GBR 20 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki
6 Alvaro BAUTISTA 19 SPA 20 Team HRC Honda
7 Chaz DAVIES 7 GBR 19 Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Ducati
8 Loris BAZ 76 FRA 17 Ten Kate Racing Yamaha Yamaha
9 Leon HASLAM 91 GBR 15 Team HRC Honda
10 Tom SYKES 66 GBR 13 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW
11 Max SCHEIB 77 CHI 10 Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki
12 Sandro CORTESE 11 GER 10 Outdo Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki
13 Michael RINALDI 21 ITA 6 Team GoEleven Ducati
14 Xavi FORES 12 SPA 5 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki
15 Eugene LAVERTY 50 GBR 5 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW
16 Federico CARICASULO 64 ITA 4 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha
17 Garrett GERLOFF 31 USA 2 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha