A challenging day for Team HRC riders Alvaro Bautista and Leon Haslam at the Most Circuit in the Czech Republic, the Spaniard scoring a ninth- and a tenth-place finish, while the Brit closed the races in thirteenth and eleventh place.
At 11am local time Bautista and Haslam lined up to begin the short Tissot Superpole race. From eleventh, the Spaniard ran a consistent race, lying tenth for the best part of the 10-lap sprint before moving up into ninth in the final stages, a position he then held to the line and that moved him one row forward on the grid for Race 2. Haslam was in tenth through the opening stages but fell back a little throughout the course of the race, crossing the line thirteenth.
Lining up for race 2 later in the afternoon, the HRC riders started from the third (Bautista) and fourth row (Haslam) of the grid. The British rider made a strong start, moving up into seventh, a position he held through the first half of the race, while the Spaniard found himself in eleventh. On lap fourteen, struggling with some pain from a small injury to his right shoulder, Haslam dropped back to tenth, just ahead of his team-mate. The two Team HRC riders then swapped places in the final stages, Bautista crossing the line in tenth position, Haslam right behind him in eleventh
At the end of this sixth round, Bautista now lies eleventh in the standings with 84 points, Haslam thirteenth with 68. Team HRC will be back in action in a two-day testing session in Catalunya the next week (12 and 13 august) before heading to Navarra for Round 7 set to take place over the weekend of 20-22 August.