Just three days after a two-day testing session at Portimão last week, Team HRC was back at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit in Spain for the latest in a series of pre-season tests with factory Superbike riders Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge.

Out on track on Tuesday and Wednesday (though Xavi Vierge only rode for two half days), the team was fortunate to be able to work in warm and sunny conditions, resuming from where it had left off in Portugal and continuing to focus on the set-up of its CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADES.

Day one saw Lecuona and Vierge concentrate largely on their base set-up, trying some different adjustments that also related to the bike’s geometry and electronics, while on the second day the riders worked with their technicians to fine tune their bike set-up.

Considering that the team previously visited the Jerez track one month ago, both riders are pleased with the progress they’ve already made since then. With these test sessions now complete, Team HRC will harness the data collated this week, as it continues to prepare ahead of the opening round of the 2022 Superbike World Championship, set to take place over the weekend of 8-10 April at Motorland Aragón.

Xavi Vierge 97

“I’m happy because we made good progress throughout this test and with respect to last week’s session. To be honest, having decided to test over just two afternoons, I started both days in the warmest conditions and I struggled at first. We worked on some new settings, and it took a little time to adapt to the different feeling. But we worked very well with the electronics, adjusting and fine tuning the set-up until we found the way and I was able to get my confidence back. We completed a couple of good long runs, with a pace that was much better compared to the last time we were here. I also made a few practice starts, and we’ve taken a step forward there too. The work has been intense, but I was able to make a lot of laps without any problems or delays, which has allowed us to collect a lot of data. Now we must analyse everything in preparation for the next test.”

Iker Lecuona 7

“We’re quite happy with the work we have done over the two days. We have been really lucky with the weather again, with conditions similar to those during our previous test here one month ago, though it was a little warmer this time. We made a good start to the session, and I was able to get up to speed right from the first run. From there, we carried on trying many different items and settings, some of which worked well while others still need improvement, but that’s normal at this stage. We worked hard on the electronics, engine brake set-up and many other aspects of the bike, looking to find a consistent pace. On day 2 we put it all together and had a very profitable day, also completing a positive long run during which I felt pretty good, the best I’ve felt on the bike so far actually. We need to keep working like this but, in the meantime, I leave here with a smile on my face.”

Location Information

Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto Carretera Jerez-Arcos, km 10 – Apdo de Correos 35 11592 Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz) – Spain circuitodejerez.com

LENGTH 4.423 Km


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