The final WorldSBK test sessions prior to the start of the 2020 Championship have now drawn to a close for Team HRC. On track at Phillip Island in Australia, Alvaro Bautista and Leon Haslam worked hard across Monday and Tuesday, despite rain conditioning proceedings on Monday afternoon.
With significant set-up solutions to test, the team adopted a methodical approach on Monday and made gradual progress on both sides of the garage. Back on what initially was still a wet track this morning, both Haslam and Bautista were nevertheless able to improve on their best times set yesterday, the Brit recording a 1’31.046 to finish sixth, the Spaniard lowering his time by more than a second to close eighth with a 1’31.453.
Conditions remained dry for the afternoon’ final session and, towards the very end of this last session, Haslam was able to further lower his lap time, setting a 1’30.882 to position fifth in the combined two-day standings. Bautista closed tenth overall with the time set during the morning’s stint (1’31.453).
Team HRC will return to the Phillip Island circuit on Friday, ready for the first practice sessions making up the opening round of the 2020 Superbike World Championship.