Just over a week since the eighth Superbike World Championship round played out at the Magny-Cours circuit in France, Team HRC is now in Montmeló, Spain, ready for round nine, the first event in a triple-header that will see the SBK field take on the challenge of nine races in three weeks.
The Superbikes made their first visit to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in 2020, a round during which factory rider Alvaro Bautista scored a top-five finish in race 1, while his team-mate Leon Haslam achieved a best result of ninth in race 2. Bautista also holds the fastest lap record, having set a 1’41.828 during last year’s Superpole race.
In mid-August, Team HRC completed what both riders deemed to be a very constructive test with their CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADES at this same Spanish circuit, the pair now keen to see whether they can translate the progress made during those sessions into results on the track this weekend.
Built in 1991, the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya has regularly hosted Formula 1 and MotoGP events right from the early years. Various modifications have been made over the years with a view to improving rider safety, and the track was resurfaced in 2018. 4627 metres in length, the fast and flowing track incorporates fourteen turns, eight of which are right-handers and six left.
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
11.10 – 11.25 – Superpole
15.15 – SBK Race 1
9.00 – 9.15 – SBK Warm-up
11.00 – Superpole race
15.15 – SBK Race 2