Team HRC riders Leon Haslam and Alvaro Bautista are set to race at Donington Park (UK) this weekend, one of their favourite venues and one that also has a special place in the hearts of the WorldSBK fans.
Last time out, the team worked hard at the Misano World Circuit, completing the third championship round with a best result of sixth for Alvaro Bautista in race 1. Leon Haslam’s weekend was hindered by a few small issues that he is confident he can iron out in time for his home round.
There was no UK SBK event last year owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, but both Bautista and Haslam reached the podium during the 2019 event at Donington Park. The British event is often characterised by mixed or wet weather, conditions in which both the riders are comfortable, Leon having in fact scored one of his 2019 podium-finishes in the rain (Superpole Race).
The Donington Park circuit, located in the county of Leicestershire in England, measures 4.023 km in length and is one of the historic WorldSBK tracks, having hosted the championship’s very first race in fact, back in 1988. It is the oldest British track still in operation today.
Race 1 – 1. Rea (Kawasaki); 2. Sykes (BMW); 3. Haslam (Kawasaki).
Superpole race – 1. Rea (Kawasaki); Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki); 3. Haslam (Kawasaki).
Race 2 – 1. Rea (Kawasaki); 2. Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki); 3. Bautista (Ducati)
Weekend schedule (CET -1):
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
14.00 – SBK Race 1
9.00 – 9-15 – SBK Warm-up
11.00 – Superpole race
14.00 – SBK Race 2