The thirteenth and final round of the 2021 Superbike World Championship is underway at the Mandalika International Street Circuit in Indonesia, with Team HRC getting its first taste of this brand-new track during the day’s first practice sessions.

In the hot and humid conditions (air 35°C, track 62°) typical of south-east Asian racetracks, factory riders Leon Haslam and Alvaro Bautista eventually got going during the first of the day’s timed practices after a short delay, a knock-on effect of a delayed start to the earlier IATC practice. 



While the riders started to get to grips with this new layout, the technicians began to adapt the set-up of the CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADE to the Indonesian track. Bautista made a good start, setting a 1’37.084 to place sixth at the end of this first session. 

Haslam finished a little further back, the fastest time of 1’37.423, placing him twelfth. Having undergone surgery on his bicep, the British rider has been deemed fit to compete here in Indonesia but is still working to rebuild his strength.

Although black clouds threatened rain before the second session, conditions remained dry for the duration, with lap times tumbling right across the board and the frontrunners from session one improving on their references by more than a second. 


Team HRC continued its work to equip both bike and rider with the necessary tools to perform at this new circuit, and significant progress was made on both sides of the garage, particularly in the final stages. 

Both riders took a big step forward in the last minutes, each improving on their FP1 times by more than 2.5 seconds and projecting themselves into an auspicious fourth and sixth place, Bautista with a 1’34.460, just ahead of Haslam, who set a 1’34.601.


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“Riding at Mandalika is much fun, the track offering a bit of everything, with solid braking and fast corners. There are still a couple of places where I don’t have a clear idea of the best reference points, but generally, it’s a fun track. 

This morning we lacked a little grip, primarily through turn one and another couple of corners, but the conditions gradually improved, and we set some good times in the afternoon. 

We worked on the gearbox, and the feeling was positive. And we have two rear tyres for the race, but choosing is difficult because the track will change again tomorrow. 

It’s just a shame I didn’t digest my food well between sessions, as this left me with stomachache both during FP2 and afterwards when I got off the bike. 

Stomachache and a headache that I hope will disappear quickly after some rest so that I can be one hundred per cent tomorrow and ready to take full advantage of this enjoyable track with our bike”.


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“The situation with my shoulder is frustrating because it looks like the circuit suits the Honda, and I’m enjoying the track, but I need to be able to do 21 laps and not just one. 

Unfortunately, I’m in some pain after surgery, so we need to plan with the Clinica to see how we can manage the situation this weekend. 

That said, today’s lap times aren’t bad, and we’re just a few tenths from the front, time that I think we’re losing through the last two corners. 

So I feel competitive over most of the lap, and now we’ll see what we can do tomorrow. 

The layout and flow of the circuit are great, and the Honda likes this kind of track, as I’ve said, so it can be an exciting and enjoyable one for us, shoulder depending”.

Free Practices Combined Results after FP2

2REA Jonathan1GBRKawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK1’34.404 0.174
3GERLOFF Garrett31USAGRT Yamaha WorldSBK1’34.455 0.225
4BAUTISTA Alvaro19SPATeam HRC1’34.460 0.230
5REDDING Scott45GBRARUBA Racing – Ducati1’34.579 0.349
6HASLAM Leon91GBRTeam HRC1’34.601 0.371
7LOWES Alex22GBRKawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK1’34.758 0.528
8LOCATELLI Andrea55ITAPATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK1’34.877 0.647
9VAN DER MARK Michael60NDLBMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team1’34.938 0.708
10BASSANI Alex47ITAMotocorsa Racing1’34.954 0.724
11RINALDI Michael Ruben21ITAARUBA Racing – Ducati1’34.957 0.727
12VINALES Isaac32SPAORELAC Racing VERDNATURA1’34.972 0.742
13SYKES Tom66GBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team1’35.411 1.181
14NOZANE Kohta3JPNGRT Yamaha WorldSBK1’35.416 1.186
15DAVIE SChaz7GBRTeam GOELEVEN1’35.436 1.206
16MERCADO Leandro36ARGMIE Racing HONDA Team1’35.591 1.361
17PONSSON Christophe23FRAAlstare Yamaha1’35.637 1.407
18RABAT Tito53SPAKawasaki Puccetti Racing1’35.850 1.620
19CAVALIERI Samuele76ITATPR Team Pedercini Racing1’35.936 1.706
20KONIG Oliver15CZEOUTDO Kawasaki TPR1’38.922 4.69




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