Following a display of great speed by Iker Lecuona, second fastest in FP3, and consistent pace by both him and team-mate Xavi Vierge, another solid double top-nine result confirms the good work that Team HRC is doing while also leaving them with the feeling that they could have obtained more today at Misano. Tomorrow’s races will provide them with an opportunity to do just that.

The fourth round of the 2022 Superbike World Championship is underway at the Misano World Circuit, with Team HRC having now completed the first of the weekend’s races in seventh and ninth place with riders Xavi Vierge and Iker Lecuona.

After a convincing final practice session at the end of which Lecuona placed second overall, Vierge ninth, the Spanish duo were back out at 11.10 am local time for the Superpole qualifying session, which ran in warm and sunny conditions. Lecuona unfortunately suffered a crash at turn four in the opening stages, but this did nothing to deter him and, having set similar times to each other on the race tyres, the Team HRC riders returned to the track for the final part of the phase on qualifying tyres. With both pushing hard to secure the best possible grid position for the first races, Lecuona set a best of 1’33.999 to place eighth at the session’s end, immediately preceded by team-mate Vierge, seventh with an almost identical 1’33.991.

At 2pm local time the lights went out on the first of the weekend’s 21-lap Superbike races. Vierge made a good start and was eighth off the line, before moving into seventh by the end of the opening lap. Conceding a position towards mid-race, the Spaniard soon made this back up again, after which he held seventh all the way to the line. Lecuona made a good start from the third row of the grid but got caught up in a potentially disastrous situation at turn one. Although he came out of this unscathed, it nevertheless caused him to lose a lot of ground. Finding himself twelfth at the end of the first lap, he then made up a couple of positions through the subsequent laps but, with a small gap having already opened up in front of him, he was unable to progress any further than ninth, despite maintaining a consistent pace throughout.

Tomorrow will see Team HRC back on track for the brief Superpole race followed by the afternoon’s second and final Superbike race. The riders will now continue to work with their technicians in preparation for tomorrow’s action, races in which the pair are keen to play a more central role.

Xavi Vierge 97

RC1 P7

“I’m happy enough with today. First of all, I want to thank the team because they did a really good job this morning in FP3, allowing me to take a step forward in the subsequent qualifying session that, until today, had been one of our weak points. The race itself was a good one. Third row meant that we were able to make a good start and then maintain a very strong rhythm. We gave it our all and ultimately finished seventh, with a gap from the podium that is the smallest it’s been so far for me. We know exactly where we have to improve and have some set-up ideas to try in tomorrow’s warm up to see if we can progress a little in that direction.”

Iker Lecuona 7

RC1 P9

“Today was more challenging than it could have been. After making a good start in FP3, I felt confident that I’d be able to secure a place on the first two rows. But in the Superpole I crashed at turn 4. Luckily, I was able to pick up the bike and return to the garage. The team did a great job, changing only what was necessary for me to go out again and we managed to finish in eighth place, which is not bad after a crash but left me a bit frustrated because it didn’t reflect the good work we’d been doing up until that point. In the race my start was honestly not bad and the riders on the first three rows basically held their positions but as we reached turn one and I had my team-mate on the left side, another rider entered on the inside, on the kerb, and I had to pick the bike back up. It was a critical situation to manage in terms of braking because I had Xavi on the other side. I hit him but luckily we did not crash, which is the most important thing, but I lost a lot of positions as a result. I overtook someone but lost contact with the group. Anyway, at least in the second part of the race, I was able to maintain very good pace so we will try and build on this and fight for a top position tomorrow.”

WorldSBK 2022
Race Round 04   Rimini

Results Tissot Superpole

Sunny
Humidity
55%
Track Temp
37°C
Air Temp
26°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'33.328
2 Razgatlioglu Toprak 1 TUR PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'33.465 0.137
3 Rea Jonathan 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'33.518 0.190
4 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'33.669 0.341
5 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'33.674 0.346
6 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'33.949 0.621
7 Vierge Xavi 97 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'33.991 0.663
8 Lecuona Iker 7 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'33.999 0.671
9 Redding Scott 45 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'34.039 0.711
10 Bassani Alex 47 ITA Motocorsa Racing Ducati 1'34.117 0.789
11 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1'34.514 1.186
12 Baz Loris 76 FRA Bonovo Action BMW BMW 1'34.520 1.192
13 Öttl Philipp 5 GER Team GOELEVEN Ducati 1'34.530 1.202
14 Tamburini Roberto 2 ITA Yamaha MotoxRacing WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'34.654 1.326
15 Nozane Kohta 3 JPN GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1'34.939 1.611
16 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA Team Gil Motor Sport Yamaha 1'34.994 1.666
17 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE Bonovo Action BMW BMW 1'35.265 1.937
18 Syahrin Hafizh 35 MAL MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 1'35.315 1.987
19 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 1'35.420 2.092
20 Ruiu Gabriele 16 ITA B-Max Racing Team BMW 1'35.462 2.134
21 Bernardi Luca 29 ITA BARNI Spark Racing Team Ducati 1'35.614 2.286
22 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 1'35.746 2.418
23 Mykhalchyk Illia 37 UKR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'35.813 2.485
24 Konig Oliver 52 CZE ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 1'36.209 2.881
25 Delbianco Alessandro 25 ITA TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 1'36.494 3.166
WorldSBK 2022
Race Round 04   Rimini

Results Race 1

Sunny
Humidity
45%
Track Temp
44°C
Air Temp
26°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 25 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 33'14.661
2 Rea Jonathan 65 GBR 20 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 5.128
3 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 16 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 8.289
4 Bassani Alex 47 ITA 13 Motocorsa Racing Ducati 10.415
5 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 11 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 11.888
6 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA 10 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 13.320
7 Vierge Xavi 97 SPA 9 Team HRC Honda 14.396
8 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA 8 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 14.775
9 Lecuona Iker 7 SPA 7 Team HRC Honda 19.968
10 Redding Scott 45 GBR 6 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 26.408
11 Tamburini Roberto 2 ITA 5 Yamaha MotoxRacing WorldSBK Team Yamaha 37.655
12 Nozane Kohta 3 JPN 4 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 40.510
13 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 3 Bonovo Action BMW BMW 41.695
14 Bernardi Luca 29 ITA 2 BARNI Spark Racing Team Ducati 44.271
15 Baz Loris 76 FRA 1 Bonovo Action BMW BMW 45.068
16 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 0 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 45.969
17 Syahrin Hafizh 35 MAL 0 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 47.420
18 Mykhalchyk Illia 37 UKR 0 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'00.329
19 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG 0 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 1'09.745
20 Konig Oliver 52 CZE 0 ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 1'09.897
21 Razgatlioglu Toprak 1 TUR 0 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 8 Laps
22 Ruiu Gabriele 16 ITA 0 B-Max Racing Team BMW 10 Laps
23 Öttl Philipp 5 GER 0 Team GOELEVEN Ducati 17 Laps
24 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA 0 Team Gil Motor Sport Yamaha 19 Laps
25 Delbianco Alessandro 25 ITA 0 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki
Location Information

Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” Via Daijiro Kato, 10 47843 Misano Adriatico (RN) – Italy Misanocircuit.com

POLE POSITION RIGHT
LENGTH 4.226 Km
CORNERS 16
RIGHT CORNERS 10
LEFT CORNERS 6

Records

Pole Record 1'33.328 (163,01 Km/h) A. Bautista (Ducati V4 R, 2022)
Race Record (SPRC) 1'34.221 (161,47 Km/h) A. Bautista (Ducati V4 R, 2022 SPRC)
All Time Record 1'33.328 (163,01 Km/h) A. Bautista (Ducati V4, 2022)
2022 Race 1 Winner A. Bautista (Ducati Panigale V4 R )
2022 Superpole Race Winner T. Razgatlioglu (Yamaha YZF R1)
2022 Race 2 Winner A. Bautista (Ducati Panigale V4 R )