Team HRC is currently in action at the Nevers Magny-Cours Circuit in France with factory riders Xavi Vierge and Iker Lecuona. The duo was on track for the first practice sessions of this ninth WorldSBK round, both of which ran in warm and sunny conditions. While Vierge suffered a crash in FP2 due to the track conditions and placed fourteenth overall, Lecuona rounded out the day in seventeenth position.

Both Spanish riders made progress during FP1, working systematically to begin setting up their CBR1000RR-R machines together with their respective technicians. With the riders electing to focus on race prep rather than outright lap times, a best of 1’38.068 for Vierge and a 1’38.218 for Lecuona saw the Team HRC duo position twelfth and fifteenth at the session’s end.

Ten minutes into the afternoon’s second practice, Vierge suffered an incident through turn 3 which saw him transported to the circuit medical centre for medical checks. The session was red-flagged as a result of the dirty track, which appears to have been the cause of Xavi’s crash, but resumed a few minutes later, before a crash for another rider brought a second red flag shortly afterwards. Xavi did not return to the track this afternoon and later he re-joined his team in the garage for the normal post-session debrief. Later in the day, having suffered quite a hard blow in the fall, he was transported to the Pierre-Beregovoy hospital in Nevers for a thorough medical check, again as a precautionary measure. The Spaniard will also undergo a medical check-up tomorrow morning prior to the third practice session.

Team-mate Iker meanwhile continued to prepare for the weekend’s three races during what remained of FP2. Focusing with his team to find the feeling with the bike that is lacking, he was not quite able to improve on his morning’s best and therefore placed seventeenth in the day’s combined standings. Thanks to his FP1 time, Vierge positioned fourteenth at the end of day one.

Xavi Vierge 97


“We didn’t start the day too badly and although our initial feeling with the bike was not perfect, we did some good work and already took a step in FP1. We decided to make some changes for FP2 and I felt good early, but it was really unfortunate that we were only able to make a few laps before I suddenly lost the rear through corner three. It was completely unexpected but then I realized there was some dirt, some sand on the tarmac, and that was the cause. It’s a real pity because we lost almost the entire session. But luckily, I feel good, despite the big impact. I will now rest and will have a medical check-up before FP3 tomorrow morning, because the crash was quite big so the doctors want to be sure that everything is OK. But as I said, I feel well and am not in pain, just ready to get back to work tomorrow.”

Iker Lecuona 7


“First of all, I’m happy that my teammate seems fortunately unhurt after a massive crash, but I can’t honestly say the same with regard to our first day here. We need to understand what’s going on with the bike setup. We came here following some positive tests, but for some reason now we are not getting the same feeling. We are a way back in the standings and the gap in terms of lap time is still too big. I also ran straight through a corner and into the gravel, so it’s difficult not to be frustrated with how today has gone. We need to understand why we had such a hard day.”

WorldSBK 2023
Free Practice Round 09   France

Free Practices Combined Results after FP2

Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rea Jonathan 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'36.900
2 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'36.973 0.073
3 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA Bonovo Action BMW BMW 1'36.981 0.081
4 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'37.060 0.160
5 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'37.142 0.242
6 Bautista Alvaro 1 SPA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'37.174 0.274
7 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'37.331 0.431
8 Redding Scott 45 GBR ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'37.342 0.442
9 Gardner Remy 87 AUS GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'37.562 0.662
10 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA BARNI Spark Racing Team Ducati 1'37.638 0.738
11 Bassani Axel 47 ITA Motocorsa Racing Ducati 1'37.662 0.762
12 Baz Loris 76 FRA Bonovo Action BMW BMW 1'37.837 0.937
13 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'37.878 0.978
14 Vierge Xavi 97 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'38.068 1.168
15 Öttl Philipp 5 GER Team GOELEVEN Ducati 1'38.114 1.214
16 Aegerter Dominique 77 SWI GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'38.128 1.228
17 Lecuona Iker 7 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'38.218 1.318
18 Baldassarri Lorenzo 34 ITA GMT94 Yamaha Yamaha 1'38.283 1.383
19 Ray Bradley 28 GBR Yamaha MotoxRacing WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'38.364 1.464
20 Vinales Isaac 32 SPA TPR by Vinales Racing Kawasaki 1'39.026 2.126
21 Mahias Lucas 44 FRA Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 1'39.108 2.208
22 Soomer Hannes 38 EST PETRONAS MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 1'39.671 2.771
23 Konig Oliver 52 CZE ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 1'39.790 2.890
24 Syahrin Hafizh 35 MAL PETRONAS MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 1'40.105 3.205
Location Information

Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours Technopole – 58470 Magny-Cours – France Magny Cours

LENGTH 4.411 Km


Pole Record 1'35.453 (166,360 Km/h) G.Gerloff (BMW M1000 RR 2023)
Race Record 1'36.084 (165,268 Km/h) A.Bautista (SPRC) (Ducati V4R 2023)
All Time Record 1'35.453 (166,360 Km/h) G.Gerloff (BMW M1000 RR 2023)
2023 Race 1 Winner T.Razgatlioglu (Yamaha YZF R1)
2023 Superpole Race Winner T.Razgatlioglu (Yamaha YZF R1)
2023 Race 2 Winner A.Bautista ((Ducati V4R)