Team HRC and riders Alvaro Bautista and Leon Haslam have arrived at the Motorland Aragón circuit in Spain for the long-awaited opening round of the 2021 Superbike World Championship, taking place this coming weekend. The season starts with back-to-back races, the Aragón round to be immediately followed by the event in Estoril, Portugal, over the weekend of 28-30 May.
In a year in which the world hopes to see the end of the tunnel as far as the pandemic is concerned, the Superbike calendar features a further eleven rounds set to play out across Europe, Asia and South America, with three new entries in terms of circuits, namely Most (Czech Republic), Navarra (Spain) and Mandalika* (Indonesia) for a total of thirteen rounds, as things stand.
Bautista and Haslam completed their final winter test session two weeks ago at the same Aragón track, although the Spaniard was still not 100% fit following a minor training incident. Nevertheless satisfied with the work he completed during the test, Bautista is looking forward to the upcoming races, his confidence further boosted by the fact he reached the podium at the 2020 edition, finishing race 2 in third place. Haslam, who crossed the line seventh in that same race, is also keen to make a strong start to his 2021 campaign aboard the CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADE and is pleased with the progress made over the winter.
A relatively new facility, Motorland Aragón was inaugurated in 2009. Located in Alcañiz, part of Spain’s autonomous community of Aragón, the circuit lies approximately 250 km from Barcelona. The Superbikes have competed at this track on a regular basis since 2011. 5077 metres in length, the track features seven right-hand turns and ten left-handers. The racing schedule remains unchanged from last year, which means that the weekend’s first free practice sessions will run on Friday, followed by qualifying and Superbike Race 1 on Saturday, and then the Tissot Superpole race and Superbike Race 2 on Sunday.
*subject to homologation
2020 SBK RESULTS:
Race 1 – 1. Redding (Ducati); 2. Davies (Ducati); 3. Rea (Kawasaki)
Superpole Race – 1. Rea (Kawasaki); 2. Redding (Ducati); 3. Van Der Mark (Yamaha)
Race 2 – 1. Rea (Kawasaki); 2. Davies (Ducati); 3. Bautista (Honda)
Weekend schedule (CEST):
10.30 – 11.15 – SBK Free Practice 1
15.00 – 15.45 – SBK Free Practice 2
9.00 – 9.30 – SBK Free Practice 3
11.00 – 11.25 – Superpole
14.00 – SBK Race 1
9.00 – 9-15 – SBK Warm-up
11.00 – Superpole race
14.00 – SBK Race 2