The first day of action making up round four of the 2024 Superbike World Championship brought positive, albeit mixed, results for Team HRC riders Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge, who finished seventh and seventeenth respectively in the day’s practice sessions at the Misano World Circuit.

The weekend’s first free practice kicked off mid-morning in warm, sunny conditions (air temp. 23°C, track temp. 36°C). Vierge and Lecuona began with the setup identified during the recent test sessions at this same track, although the practice was red flagged just ten minutes in when a technical problem for another rider meant that turns 6-7 needed to be cleaned. Back on track a short time later, the Team HRC riders worked systematically with their technicians to make refinements to the setting of their CBR1000RR-R machines. Lecuona made small gains throughout the course of the session, recording a best of 1’34.544 to position eleventh. Vierge took a little longer to get comfortable, setting a fastest time of 1’35.079 and placing nineteenth at the session’s end.

Team HRC was back on track for FP2, which ran on a hotter track. Lecuona made a jump mid-session, setting a 1’34.362 that put him up into fifth, a position he held for a good part of the session. Iker was able to further improve on this time in the final minutes, recording a best of 1’34.222. On the other side of the garage, Vierge’s day continued in a more challenging vein, although there were glimpses of improvement. Xavi was ultimately able to do more than he did in FP1, setting a best of 1’34.754, but of course was left wanting more. In the combined standings, the duo placed seventh and seventeenth respectively.

Iker Lecuona 7


“I must be happy with this seventh place after all the problems, injuries, and the work I did at home to recover my shoulder and knee over these last months. Even if I’m not yet 100% with my shoulder, I have at least come here in better physical shape compared to recent rounds, and despite hotter and trickier conditions compared to the test, I’ve felt okay. We’ve focused on the bike setup for the race, targeting a few areas that weren’t working perfectly during the test, and I have to say that with used tyres, I was able to complete my best lap on my own, which is good. We made a step forward with the suspension, though we still have room for improvement, and with the electronics, where the engineers in Japan have taken a good step to help me better use and conserve the tyres. I’ve also used the new exhaust I tried at the test, which improved my feeling a bit. All in all, it was probably the first time this year I could ride the bike in a more relaxed way, giving it 100% without being forced to over-ride to achieve the lap times. I want to thank my crew chief and data engineer for their efforts, and everyone on my team because they worked very well and very quickly, following the plan we had made for today scrupulously. I’m pleased with myself too. We are not too close but not too far away either. Let’s see what we can do tomorrow in hotter conditions; I prefer to not have any expectations and see how it goes.”

Xavi Vierge 97


“It has been a difficult first day for us here. The feeling with the bike has not been so good, and I struggled a lot. But we all worked very hard during the day, and FP2 went better. We improved the pace but haven’t yet achieved everything we had in our plan. If we are able to make another step to better carry the speed through the corners and make the bike turn better, we will be able to significantly improve our performance. At the moment, we are a bit on the limit in that area. We will see tomorrow.”

WorldSBK 2024
Free Practice Round 04   Rimini

Free Practices Combined Results

Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'33.448
2 Bulega Nicolò 11 ITA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'33.511 0.063
3 Bautista Alvaro 1 SPA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'33.913 0.465
4 Gardner Remy 87 AUS GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'33.921 0.473
5 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Team GOELEVEN Ducati 1'33.960 0.512
6 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'34.008 0.560
7 Lecuona Iker 7 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'34.222 0.774
8 Bassani Axel 47 ITA Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'34.245 0.797
9 Lowes Sam 14 GBR ELF Marc VDS Racing Team Ducati 1'34.382 0.934
10 Aegerter Dominique 77 SWI GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'34.384 0.936
11 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA Motocorsa Racing Ducati 1'34.417 0.969
12 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'34.436 0.988
13 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA PATA PROMETEON YAMAHA Yamaha 1'34.438 0.990
14 Rea Jonathan 65 GBR PATA PROMETEON YAMAHA Yamaha 1'34.462 1.014
15 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA BARNI Spark Racing Team Ducati 1'34.476 1.028
16 Pirro Michele 51 ITA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'34.515 1.067
17 Vierge Xavi 97 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'34.754 1.306
18 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 1'34.794 1.346
19 Redding Scott 45 GBR Bonovo Action BMW BMW 1'34.832 1.384
20 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA Bonovo Action BMW BMW 1'34.978 1.530
21 Mackenzie Tarran 95 GBR PETRONAS MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 1'35.105 1.657
22 Öttl Philipp 5 GER GMT94 Yamaha Yamaha 1'35.602 2.154
23 Ray Bradley 28 GBR Yamaha MotoxRacing WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'36.666 3.218
24 Norrodin Adam 27 MAL PETRONAS MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 1'37.399 3.951
Location Information

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

LENGTH 4.226 Km


Pole Record 1'32.320 (164,792 Km/h) T. Razgatlioglu (BMW M 1000 RR, 2024)
Race Record (SPRC) 1'32.687 (164,140 Km/h) T. Razgatlioglu (BMW M 1000 RR, 2024 SPRC)
All Time Record 1'32.320 (164,792 Km/h) T. Razgatlioglu (BMW M 1000 RR, 2024)
2024 Race 1 Winner T. Razgatlioglu (BMW M 1000 RR)
2024 Superpole Race Winner T. Razgatlioglu (BMW M 1000 RR)
2024 Race 2 Winner T. Razgatlioglu (BMW M 1000 RR)