Haslam leads day one of Aragon test

Thursday, 16 July 2020 16:50 GMT

Racing resumption edges closer as teams from all three classes take to the track at MotorLand Aragon for a two-day test

The first of a two-day test held at MotorLand Aragon was topped by Team HRC’s Leon Haslam as they beat Honda teammate Alvaro Bautista. Teams from MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship, FIM Supersport World Championship and FIM Supersport 300 World Championship, including Nuova M2 Racing’s first track action since it was announced they would wildcard with an Aprilia machine.

With track temperatures pushing 50 degrees Celsius during the afternoon session, it was Haslam who led the timings as he was half-a-second-quicker than teammate Bautista after posting a 1’51.441. Christophe Ponsson (Nuova M2 Racing) was third fastest on the Aprilia RSV4 1000, around a second off the pace of Haslam. It marks the team’s preparations ahead of their five wildcard appearances in WorldSBK.

Sylvain Barrier (BRIXX Performance) was fourth fastest with MIE Racing Althea Honda Team’s Takumi Takahashi fifth in the WorldSBK timings; rounding up the WorldSBK timings. All five were lapping within just over a second of each other as teams and riders gear up for racing to resume at Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto.

Jules Cluzel (GMT94 Yamaha) topped the recorded times for WorldSSP bikes as he lapped MotorLand Aragon in 1’55.352; half a second quicker than Alejandro Ruiz (EMPERADOR Racing Team) in second. Corentin Perolari (GMT94 Yamaha) was third with Indonesian rider Galang Handra Pratama (bLU cRU WorldSSP by MS Racing) and teammate Andy Verdoïa fifth.

There were scheduled entries from Kallio Racing duo Hans Soomer and Isaac Viñales plus Danny Webb (WRP Wepol Racing). More entries are scheduled for tomorrow’s day of running including Dynavolt Honda running with two bikes.

In WorldSSP300, the times were topped by Nick Kalinin (Battley-RT Motorsports by SKM-Kawasaki); the Ukrainian rider lapping 0.060s quicker than Ton Kawakami (Yamaha MS Racing). 2018 WorldSSP300 Champion Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec WorldSSP300) finished the day in third place, less than a tenth off Kalinin’s pace. Carrasco completed the most laps of anyone through the day with 74.

The trio were around four tenths faster than Unai Orradre (Yamaha MS Racing) Alejandro Carrion (Smrz Racing – Willi Race) finishing the day in fifth place after completing 58 laps of MotorLand Aragon. Victor Rodriguez Nunez (2R Racing) was sixth despite. Like with WorldSBK and WorldSSP, not every rider who was scheduled to go out was registered on timing with 28 entries scheduled for WorldSSP300.

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