The second and final day of racing at Motorland Aragón, which was characterised by mixed conditions, saw Alvaro Bautista and Leon Haslam score seventh and tenth place respectively in the morning’s Tissot Superpole race.
The second and final day of racing at Motorland Aragón, which was characterised by mixed conditions, saw Alvaro Bautista and Leon Haslam score seventh and tenth place respectively in the morning’s Tissot Superpole race. In race 2, Bautista crossed the line eleventh, while Haslam unfortunately failed to finish.
Thanks to yesterday’s qualifying results, Bautista and Haslam lined up on the third row of the grid for the 10-lap Tissot Superpole race, which ran on a wet track. Both riders got away fast and were lying fifth and sixth through the opening turns, but, having opted for rain tyres, lost a little ground over the subsequent laps when the track started to dry out. Part of a group of five riders, the Team HRC pair battled hard over the course of the brief race, but the limited laps meant that they could only do so much. Bautista ultimately crossed the line seventh, a fraction of a second behind Razgatlioglu, while Haslam finished the race tenth.
The second Superbike race followed at 2pm CET. Based on the results of the morning’s Superpole race, Bautista started from seventh on the grid, and Haslam tenth, both on intermediate tyres. Bautista held his position through the opening turns, while Haslam gained a position to move into ninth on lap one, then eighth come lap three. On lap five, Haslam unfortunately crashed into turn 2, putting a premature end to what could have been a promising race. From the mid-race point, Bautista found himself struggling again with an electric problem, which caused him to progressively lose out in the latter stages and cross the line in eventual eleventh position.
At the end of this opening weekend, Haslam positions twelfth in the general standings with eight points, followed by Bautista, thirteenth, also with eight points. Team HRC will travel immediately on to Portugal, and the circuit of Estoril, where round 2 of the WorldSBK championship is set to play out already next weekend (28-30 May).