The 2023 Superbike World Championship is back in action at Motorland Aragón in Spain this weekend, a round that is particularly important for factory Team HRC riders Xavi Vierge and Iker Lecuona, who are both competing on home soil.

The very first practice session ran at 10.30 am CEST and in warm and dry conditions (air 19°C, track 23°C). Lecuona was straight up into the positions that count, setting a series of interesting and increasingly fast lap times, the best of which a 1’50.341. This reference saw the Spaniard place second at the session’s end, less than one tenth of a second from leader, Rea. Vierge worked systematically with his technicians throughout the 45-minute phase, making some small modifications to the set-up of his CBR1000RR-R. Xavi was able to take a good step forward in terms of flying lap time in the latter stages, setting a fastest time of 1’50.882. This put Vierge in sixth position on the FP1 timesheets.

During the afternoon’s second practice, the Team HRC duo focused predominantly on their race pace. For Iker, the session proved productive until the final minute, when he unfortunately suffered an innocuous crash through Turn 14, the Spaniard luckily unhurt in the incident. With the afternoon’s work having focused on race preparation, neither Lecuona or Vierge improved on their already impressive FP1 times, which meant that they placed fifth and eighth respectively in the day’s combined standings.

Iker Lecuona 7


“Overall, I’m quite happy with the first day here. We already knew that our pace at this track was competitive, something we noted during the recent test. Not over the flying lap, where I expect some challenges tomorrow, but in terms of race pace, so I feel confident there. This morning I could push hard, lapped on my own and felt comfortable all session long. This afternoon the track temperature increased by around ten degrees and the feeling changed a bit, especially at the front. I cannot say I’m a fan of the new front spec, I felt a little on the limit and took a couple of risks before ultimately crashing. Just a small crash, and I’m totally fine, so overall I’m very happy, as I’ve said. We are top five, and it’s been a while since we started a racing weekend this well. We’ll try and fight at the front as far as we can, but we shouldn’t forget that today is only Friday. This morning was cold and windy, and the track was a bit dirty, with many riders already improving their pace this afternoon. The track will continue to improve run by run. So we need to work well in FP3 and qualifying and then perhaps we’ll have a chance to stay in the front group or close to it during the first race. Let’s see what happens tomorrow.”

Xavi Vierge 97


“It’s been a solid first day, the best start to a Friday we’ve had in a long time, so that’s positive. The test we completed here some weeks ago has definitely helped, but it’s also this kind of layout that suits our bike particularly well. So we’re happy and pace is already quite good, but we need to keep working to make another little step. I feel we are going in the right direction and, with Iker also going very fast, we will have more data to analyze that will help us for tomorrow. The goal is to fight at the front, and what better place to try and do that than at home.”

WorldSBK 2023
Free Practice Round 10   Aragon

Free Practices Combined Results after FP2

Sunny, Windy
Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Bautista Alvaro 1 SPA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'49.649
2 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'49.726 0.077
3 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA BARNI Spark Racing Team Ducati 1'49.825 0.176
4 Rea Jonathan 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'49.970 0.321
5 Lecuona Iker 7 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'50.341 0.692
6 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA Bonovo Action BMW BMW 1'50.454 0.805
7 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'50.757 1.108
8 Vierge Xavi 97 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'50.882 1.233
9 Aegerter Dominique 77 SWI GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'50.960 1.311
10 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'51.065 1.416
11 Öttl Philipp 5 GER Team GOELEVEN Ducati 1'51.115 1.466
12 Gardner Remy 87 AUS GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'51.155 1.506
13 Baz Loris 76 FRA Bonovo Action BMW BMW 1'51.208 1.559
14 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'51.220 1.571
15 Redding Scott 45 GBR ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'51.255 1.606
16 Marino Florian 99 FRA Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'51.379 1.730
17 Baldassarri Lorenzo 34 ITA GMT94 Yamaha Yamaha 1'51.931 2.282
18 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 1'51.971 2.322
19 Bassani Axel 47 ITA Motocorsa Racing Ducati 1'51.976 2.327
20 Ray Bradley 28 GBR Yamaha MotoxRacing WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'52.190 2.541
21 Ruiu Gabriele 16 ITA B-Max Racing Team BMW 1'52.603 2.954
22 Syahrin Hafizh 35 MAL PETRONAS MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 1'52.622 2.973
23 Vinales Isaac 32 SPA TPR by Vinales Racing Kawasaki 1'52.698 3.049
24 Granado Eric 51 BRA PETRONAS MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 1'53.238 3.589
25 Konig Oliver 52 CZE ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 1'53.859 4.210
Location Information

The MotorLand Aragon road racing circuit was opened in 2009 and in 2011 it became the fifth Spanish track to host the WorldSBK™ Championship. MotorLand Aragón Ctra. TE- V- 7033 KM. 1. 44600 Alcañiz (Teruel) – Spain

Pole Position Right
Length 5.077 Km
Corners 17
Right Corners 7
Left Corners 10


Pole Record 1'47.973 (169,276) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2023)
Race Record 1'49.028 (167,638 Km/h) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2023) SPRC
All Time Record 1'47.973 (169,276) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2023)
2023 Race 1 Winner M. Rinaldi (Ducati Panigale V4 R)
2023 Superpole Race Winner A. Bautista (Ducati Panigale V4 R)
2023 Race 2 Winner A. Bautista (Ducati Panigale V4 R)