Team HRC rider has concluded the final round of the 2020 Superbike World Championship at the Estoril Circuit in Portugal, with his best result of fifth.
The 10-lap Tissot Superpole race got underway at 12pm. Bautista made up several places though the opening stages, up into seventh by lap seven, right behind his team-mate. The Spaniard overtook his British team-mate on lap four, although the final stages of the race saw both Team HRC riders lose a little ground before crossing the line in seventh (Bautista) and eighth (Haslam) place.
This final race of the season saw Bautista line up on row three of the grid thanks to his result in the Superpole race. Retaining his position through the opening stages, he was lying seventh until lap eight when he moved up one position. In the later stages, Bautista was able to gain another position and hold fifth all the way to the line.
Thanks also to this weekend’s results, Bautista round out the season with 113 points, to finish ninth in the Championship standings.
“Today’s racing was a little more difficult than yesterday. The first half of race 2 was not too bad but some vibration with the bike in the later stages made it hard for me to maintain my pace and hold on to seventh place. In the end, Alvaro and I round out the year with the same points, we’ve learned a lot throughout the season, and I feel we have a clear understanding in terms of the direction we’ll take with winter testing. So it’s been a challenging year, with everything that has happened, but we’re feeling very positive as we move forward. I personally cannot wait to start the winter tests.”