The opening day of the Argentinean round at the San Juan Villicum Circuit played out in hot and sunny conditions. Track conditions, on the other hand, proved quite challenging for the riders, the surface dusty and slippery.

Hotter temperatures during the afternoon didn’t help the situation in terms of grip, and lap times remained considerably higher with respect to last year’s references. The first day concluded with Ryuichi Kiyonari in 16th and Leon Camier in 18th place.

Tomorrow’s final Free Practice session has been extended by 15 minutes, meaning that FP3 will take place from 10:30 to 11:05 am local time. The Superpole will follow at 13:00 and Race 1 at 16.00 local time.

Ryuichi Kiyonari 23

16th 1'47.613

“This circuit seems good in terms of the layout, and it’s a nice one to ride, but honestly it’s very difficult to find any positives regarding the track conditions we have found here. The asphalt is dusty, dirty and slippery and the grip did not improve over the course of the day. I expected it to be better in the afternoon once some other sessions had taken place but that was not the case, in fact the opposite was true. So all in all, it was quite a difficult day”.

Leon Camier 2

18th 1'47.988

“Today’s conditions made it very difficult for me to ride. Unfortunately, the track is really very dirty, one of the worst I’ve seen. Through some corners I can’t even put my knee down. I saw some of the other riders out on track and they are probably working better than I did, but even the fastest riders are several seconds slower than last year. We made some changes to the set up and found something of a direction, but the situation looks quite challenging for this moment”.

WorldSBK 2019
Free Practice Round 12   Argentina

Free Practice 2 Combined

Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'43.614
2 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 0.104
3 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA BARNI Racing Team Ducati 1.229
4 Davies Chaz 7 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1.252
5 Sykes Tom 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1.320
6 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR Turkish Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 1.331
7 Haslam Leon 91 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1.397
8 Cortese Sandro 11 GER GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1.530
9 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1.655
10 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1.723
11 Torres Jordi 81 SPA Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 2.010
12 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki 2.909
13 Baz Loris 19 FRA Ten Kate Racing - Yamaha Yamaha 3.025
14 Melandri Marco 33 ITA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 3.104
15 Delbianco Alessandro 52 ITA Althea Mie Racing Team Honda 3.940
16 Kiyonari Ryuichi 23 JPN Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda 3.999
17 Reiterberger Markus 28 GER BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 4.073
18 Camier Leon 2 GBR Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda 4.374
19 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE Team Goeleven Ducati 6.989
Location Information

Circuito San Juan Villicum Ruta 40 Norte Parque Industrial Villicum Argentina

LENGHT 4.276 Km