World Superbike standings after Race 2 at Montmelo:
World Superbike race two at Catalunya had a few changes on the grid. Alvaro Bautista had an incident on the sighting lap, possibly related to his crash earlier today, forcing him to start from the pitlane, if he could make the start. Federico Caricasulo was sent to the black of the grid due to his role in Leon Haslam's crash yesterday. Haslam was not penalised.
When the lights went out, they did so without Toprak Razgatlioglu or Alvaro Bautista.
World Superbike standings after the sprint race at Barcelona:
The ten lap Superpole race was dry, with two riders opting not to use the SCX tyre. Toprak Razgatlioglu would not make the start due to a chest injury from a highside crash in the morning's warmup.
World Superbike standings after Race 1 at Barcelona:
World Superbike's debut race at Catalunya is twenty laps of the Barcelona track with the track at a 28ºC temperature. Alvaro Bautista and Michael Ruben Rinaldi, two of the lightest riders, chose to start with the SCX Superpole race tyre.
World Superbike qualifying was twenty five minutes to set a fast lap on a track the series has never raced at and has had only one dry session this weekend. As this morning's weather dried up, slick tyres were fitted in anticipation of dry qualifying.
In a damp session, some fourteen seconds off this morning's pace, Jonathan Rea set the quickest time in the last five minutes of the session, ahead of Michael van der Mark and Miichael Ruben Rinaldi.
After two weekends at a track that doesn't favour the Yamahas, Toprak Razgatlioglu headed a trio of blue bikes in the top three spots, joined by Michael van der Mark and independent rider Garrett Gerloff. Alvaro Bautista capitalised on his improved pace fourth fastest and Jonathan Rea held off Michael Ruben Rinaldi for fifth and sixth places.
It has been said before, and I will say it again, it is a welcome feat of logistics and determination that there is a 2020 WorldSBK season going on, and a near miracle that we media types are allowed in to cover it from inside. Thank you to all involved, without exception.
Given my shockingly bad air travel experiences at the first two ‘season comeback’ rounds in Jerez and Portimao, my media enterprises empire (a laptop and the soft machine that thumps its keyboard) quite literally set sail for the rest of the championship, by motorcycle. Which is fair enough, as I am covering a championship that is indeed based on production-derived motorcycles.
Somewhere between the Picos de Europa mountains of Asturias and the swimming pools of Calpe near Valencia - and exactly between the Teruel and Catalunya rounds in chronological terms - my mind was distracted from a heat-induced intermittent loss of friction between throttle grip and throttle barrel by thoughts of a much more extreme version of the real road bike scenario; WorldSBK racing.