New Honda debuts atop timesheets as 2020 WorldSBK kicks off

Leon Haslam tops the timesheets on the first day of 2020 WorldSBK testing in wet conditions aboard the brand-new Honda CBR1000RR-R 

Leon Haslam - Team HRC Honda CBR1000RR-R

Leon Haslam gave the new Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade a headline-grabbing debut by topping the timesheets on the opening day of WorldSBK testing in Jerez, held in predominantly wet conditions.

With rain delaying proceedings initially, riders eventually ventured out in the latter half of the morning, with the best lap times coming at the start of the afternoon as wet conditions eventually got to a more favourable damp state.

However, rain returned later in the day to scupper any hopes of further improvements, leaving Haslam at the head of the leaderboard with a 1m 52.149secs – around 14secs off the Jerez lap record.

While the conditions ultimately prevent too much from being read into the lap times, Haslam was nonetheless competitive in all weather out of the box as the CBR1000RR-R cut an eye-catching figure out on track. By contrast, team-mate Alvaro Bautista took a tumble early on at turn six, necessitating a lengthy stay in the pit box en route to tenth fastest.

Michael van der Mark and rookie Garrett Gerloff ran Haslam close in second and third, the Yamaha pair 0.031 and 0.064s adrift of the top spot, while Scott Redding and Loris Baz in fourth and fifth were the busiest on track notching up 47 and 50 laps respectively.

Tom Sykes finished the day sixth quickest for BMW, ahead of the sole participating Kawasaki Racing Team rider Alex Lowes after defending champion Jonathan Rea opted to sit things out in the dicey conditions.

New Yamaha signing Toprak Razgatlioglu was another rider to fall – bringing out one of the day’s four red flags – but recovered to eighth, ahead of Federico Caricasulo and Bautista.

Leon Haslam - Team HRC Honda CBR1000RR-R

2020 WorldSBK Testing Results – Jerez [Day 1/2]

2020 WorldSBK Jerez Test [Day 1/2 - 22 January]
1Leon HaslamGBRTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 52.149
2Michael van der MarkNEDPata Yamaha WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R11m 52.180
3Garrett GerloffUSAGRT Junior WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R11m 52.213
4Scott Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 52.508
5Loris BazFRATen Kate RacingYamaha YZF-R11m 52.660
6Tom SykesGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW S1000RR1m 53.097
7Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 53.246
8Toprak RazgatliogluTURPata Yamaha WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R11m 53.494
9Federico CaricasuloITAGRT Junior WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R11m 53.676
10Alvaro BautistaESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 54.824
11Leandro MercadoARGMotocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 55.361
12Maximilian ScheibCHIOrelac Racing VerdnaturaKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 55.884
13Sylvain BarrierFRABrixx PerformanceDucati Panigale V4 R1m 56.105
14Eugene LavertyIRLBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW S1000RR1m 56.263
15Christophe PonssonFRANuova M2 RacingAprilia RSV41m 56.542
16Chaz Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 58.684
17Sandro CorteseGERBarni RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 59.030
18Michael Ruben RinaldiITATeam GOELEVENDucati Panigale V4 R2m 04.148
 Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RRNo Time