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Today’s first race at Mandalika was ultimately cancelled due to torrential rain. The action, therefore, was postponed until tomorrow.

Alvaro Bautista will race alone this weekend, his team-mate Leon Haslam unfortunately unable to compete in these final races of the 2021 season, having not yet fully recovered following recent arm surgery.

Having placed fourth overall in yesterday’s sessions, Bautista used this morning’s final practice to make some final adjustments with his team ahead of the Superpole. 

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During the brief qualifying session, Alvaro pushed hard to improve his practice times, setting a 1’34.051 with just a few minutes to go. A reference saw him place eighth at the end of the phase and earn a third-row qualifying position as a result.

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Riders took to the grid at 2.40 pm local time but returned almost immediately to their garages as torrential rain began to fall. 

In light of the monsoon and subsequent track conditions with significant standing water, Race Direction ultimately decided it was impossible to race today, postponing race one until tomorrow. 

Team HRC will therefore line up for both 21-lap Superbike races during the course of tomorrow.

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Alvaro Bautista 19

“Given the conditions, the decision not to race today was the right one, but obviously, it’s always disappointing to miss a race. 

In this case, it’s doubly so because this is the Superbikes debut event at this beautiful track, and the fans deserved to see a good show. 

They waited in the grandstands until the very end, so we hope to repay them tomorrow by giving them a good show with two long and exciting races.”

Results Tissot Superpole

Pos.RiderNumNationTeamConstructorTime/Gap
1RAZGATLIOGLU Toprak54TURPATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBKYamaha1’32.877
2REA Jonathan1GBRKawasaki Racing Team WorldSBKKawasaki1’33.201 0.324
3REDDING Scott45GBRARUBA Racing – DucatiDucati1’33.256 0.379
4GERLOFF Garrett31USAGRT Yamaha WorldSBKYamaha1’33.545 0.668
5LOCATELLI Andrea55ITAPATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBKYamaha1’33.588 0.711
6SYKES Tom66GBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBK TeamBMW1’33.672 0.795
7BASSANI Alex47ITAMotocorsa RacingDucati1’33.775 0.898
8BAUTISTA Alvaro19SPATeam HRCHonda1’34.051 1.174
9VAN DER MARK Michael60NDLBMW Motorrad WorldSBK TeamBMW1’34.080 1.203
10MERCADO Leandro36ARGMIE Racing HONDA TeamHonda1’34.154 1.277
11DAVIES Chaz7GBRTeam GOELEVENDucati1’34.427 1.550
12PONSSON Christophe23FRAAlstare YamahaYamaha1’34.431 1.554
13VINALES Isaac32SPAORELAC Racing VERDNATURAKawasaki1’34.438 1.561
14RINALDI Michael Ruben21ITAARUBA Racing – DucatiDucati1’34.499 1.622
15CAVALIERI Samuele76ITATPR Team Pedercini RacingKawasaki1’34.577 1.700
16NOZANE Kohta3JPNGRT Yamaha WorldSBKYamaha1’34.660 1.783
17RABAT Tito53SPAKawasaki Puccetti RacingKawasaki1’35.258 2.381
18KONIG Oliver15CZEOUTDO Kawasaki TPRKawasaki1’35.864 2.987

via HRC

 

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