Team HRC has successfully completed round four of the Superbike world championship at Motorland Aragón, scoring its first podium of the 2020 season with Alvaro Bautista, who finished third with his CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP in today’s second Superbike race.

The 10-lap Tissot Superpole race got underway at 11am in warm and sunny conditions. Sixth on the grid, Haslam made a good start and was lying seventh through the initial laps, followed by his team-mate in eighth. Bautista then passed the Brit on lap three, before making up two more positions to move into fifth place on lap seven. Passing Razgatlioglu on the very next lap, the Spaniard held fourth position all the way to the line to score his best race result of the season thus far. Haslam lost a little ground mid-race and was lying tenth on lap seven. The gap that had opened up between him and those immediately ahead proved impossible to close, the Brit therefore concluding the race in tenth position.

Lining up for race 2 later in the afternoon, Bautista benefitted from a second row start thanks to his Superpole race result. Lying fourth through the first corners, the Spaniard was able to move up inside the top three on lap two, battling briefly with van der Mark to defend third through the subsequent laps. Thanks to his consistently strong pace, Alvaro was able to stick within a second of the second-placed rider for almost the entire race and secure the squad’s first podium of the 2020 season, crossing the line a clear third.

Tenth on the grid, Haslam was able to make up two positions already on lap one to place eighth. Fighting as part of a group of three riders, the British rider was lying ninth on lap eleven. Caught up in a four-way battle in the final stages of the 18-lap race, Leon pushed hard and gained two places through the very final corners, closing seventh and scoring valuable championship points in the process.

Team HRC will remain in Spain as round 5 of the WorldSBK championship will take place next weekend (4-6 September) at the very same Motorland Aragón circuit.

Alvaro Bautista

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I’m so happy with this podium because it’s a result of all our hard work so far. We’ve been able to take another good step forward this weekend. I was also pleased with my fourth-place result in the Superpole race, as it’s not easy over such a limited number of laps. We can say we’re on our way to achieving our target, which is to win, though there is still work to do of course. I am happy with the way we are developing the bike and we clearly have good potential. Now it’s a case of fine tuning the whole package and continuing to work step by step. I want to thank HRC and Honda and all my mechanics who have worked so hard to resolve various issues that emerged over the weekend. They all really deserve this podium. We are making clear progress, I’m gaining confidence race by race, and I’m looking forward to seeing if we can take another step forward next weekend here at the same track.

Team HRC
Leon Haslam

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It’s been a little frustrating because in testing here two weeks ago, things were going well and we were consistent in our performance. But when we started the work this weekend, we had some problems and race 1 and the sprint race were both difficult for me. Race 2 on the other hand was very positive, it was the first time I was able to really battle with other riders and fight until the final corner, beating those in my group on the last lap to close seventh. So there were many positives in the last race, and Bautista finishing on the podium is another big positive of course. When we’re both struggling it’s not good for motivation but when you see your team-mate make the podium you realise where the bike can be. Hopefully we can take what we’ve learned and take the next step next weekend.

Team HRC
Aragon Round

MotorLand Aragón, Spain

WorldSBK 2020, Round 4

Sunday 30 Aug 2020, 12:35 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 1 GBR 25 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 33'18.756
2 Chaz Davies 7 GBR 20 Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Ducati +1.280
3 Alvaro Bautista 19 SPA 16 Team HRC Honda +3.599
4 Scott Redding 45 GBR 13 Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Ducati +5.445
5 Michael Rinaldi 21 ITA 11 Team GoEleven Ducati +6.687
6 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 10 Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha +9.561
7 Leon Haslam 91 GBR 9 Team HRC Honda +20.911
8 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR 8 Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha +21.248
9 Alex Lowes 22 GBR 7 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki +21.399
10 Garrett Gerloff 31 USA 6 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha +21.717
11 Xavi Fores 12 SPA 5 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +21.809
12 Tom Sykes 66 GBR 4 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW +22.012
13 Federico Caricasulo 64 ITA 3 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha +25.244
14 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR 2 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW +30.088
15 Max Scheib 77 CHI 1 Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki +36.546
16 Sylvain Barrier 20 FRA 0 Brixx Performance Ducati +49.074
17 Christophe Ponsson 23 FRA 0 Nuova M2 Racing Aprilia +55.511
18 Takumi Takahashi 13 JPN 0 MIE Racing Althea Honda Team Honda +1'00.754
19 Lorenzo Gabellini 63 ITA 0 MIE Racing Althea Honda Team Honda +1'35.650
20 Román Ramos 40 SPA 0 Outdo Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki +1 Lap
21 Marco Melandri 33 ITA 0 BARNI Racing Ducati +8 Laps
22 Loris Baz 76 FRA 0 Ten Kate Racing Yamaha Yamaha +14 Laps
Sunday 30 Aug 2020, 09:20 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 18'22.815
2 Scott Redding 45 GBR Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Ducati +2.635
3 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha +4.041
4 Alvaro Bautista 19 SPA Team HRC Honda +5.560
5 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Ducati +5.976
6 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki +6.232
7 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha +7.094
8 Michael Rinaldi 21 ITA Team GoEleven Ducati +7.589
9 Loris Baz 76 FRA Ten Kate Racing Yamaha Yamaha +7.909
10 Leon Haslam 91 GBR Team HRC Honda +11.399
11 Federico Caricasulo 64 ITA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha +13.204
12 Xavi Fores 12 SPA Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +14.430
13 Garrett Gerloff 31 USA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha +16.096
14 Max Scheib 77 CHI Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki +16.266
15 Tom Sykes 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW +17.958
16 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW +23.574
17 Marco Melandri 33 ITA BARNI Racing Ducati +24.169
18 Sylvain Barrier 20 FRA Brixx Performance Ducati +26.146
19 Román Ramos 40 SPA Outdo Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki +26.790
20 Takumi Takahashi 13 JPN MIE Racing Althea Honda Team Honda +39.799
21 Lorenzo Gabellini 63 ITA MIE Racing Althea Honda Team Honda +1:08.958
22 Christophe Ponsson 23 FRA Nuova M2 Racing Aprilia +59.152 NC
23 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG Motocorsa Racing Ducati +10 Laps
Saturday 29 Aug 2020, 12:36 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Scott Redding 45 GBR 25 Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Ducati 33'23.739
2 Chaz Davies 7 GBR 20 Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Ducati +0.304
3 Jonathan Rea 1 GBR 16 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki +2.123
4 Michael Rinaldi 21 ITA 13 Team GoEleven Ducati +7.453
5 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 11 Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha +8.365
6 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR 10 Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha +18.851
7 Loris Baz 76 FRA 9 Ten Kate Racing Yamaha Yamaha +20.226
8 Xavi Fores 12 SPA 8 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +26.971
9 Federico Caricasulo 64 ITA 7 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha +27.054
10 Leon Haslam 91 GBR 6 Team HRC Honda +29.283
11 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG 5 Motocorsa Racing Ducati +30.270
12 Sylvain Barrier 20 FRA 4 Brixx Performance Ducati +40.070
13 Román Ramos 40 SPA 3 Outdo Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki +42.267
14 Marco Melandri 33 ITA 2 BARNI Racing Ducati +54.075
15 Takumi Takahashi 13 JPN 1 MIE Racing Althea Honda Team Honda +57.737
16 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR 0 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW +59.805
17 Lorenzo Gabellini 63 ITA 0 MIE Racing Althea Honda Team Honda +1'22.202
NC Max Scheib 77 CHI 0 Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki DNF
NC Alvaro Bautista 19 SPA 0 Team HRC Honda DNF
NC Garrett Gerloff 31 USA 0 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha DNF
NC Alex Lowes 22 GBR 0 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki DNF
NC Tom Sykes 66 GBR 0 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW DNF
NC Christophe Ponsson 23 FRA 0 Nuova M2 Racing Aprilia DNF
Rider Standings
Sunday, 30 Aug 2020 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Scott REDDING 45 GBR 149 Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Ducati
2 Jonathan REA 1 GBR 141 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki
3 Chaz DAVIES 7 GBR 110 Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Ducati
4 Toprak RAZGATLIOGLU 54 TUR 103 Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha
5 Michael VAN DER MARK 60 NDL 88 Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha
6 Alex LOWES 22 GBR 83 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki
7 Michael RINALDI 21 ITA 74 Team GoEleven Ducati
8 Alvaro BAUTISTA 19 SPA 71 Team HRC Honda
9 Loris BAZ 76 FRA 47 Ten Kate Racing Yamaha Yamaha
10 Leon HASLAM 91 GBR 47 Team HRC Honda
11 Tom SYKES 66 GBR 39 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW
12 Xavi FORES 12 SPA 27 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki
13 Garrett GERLOFF 31 USA 26 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha
14 Federico CARICASULO 64 ITA 22 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha
15 Marco MELANDRI 33 ITA 19 BARNI Racing Ducati
16 Eugene LAVERTY 50 GBR 18 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW
17 Sandro CORTESE 11 GER 14 Outdo Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki
18 Leandro MERCADO 36 ARG 12 Motocorsa Racing Ducati
19 Max SCHEIB 77 CHI 11 Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki
20 Sylvain BARRIER 20 FRA 5 Brixx Performance Ducati
21 Christophe PONSSON 23 FRA 4 Nuova M2 Racing Aprilia
22 Román RAMOS 40 SPA 3 Outdo Kawasaki TPR Kawasaki
23 Takumi TAKAHASHI 13 JPN 1 MIE Racing Althea Honda Team Honda