A few days after the conclusion of the Catalunya Round and around a week before the next World Superbike round at Portimão in Portugal (October 7-9), Team HRC has been out on track on 28-29 September for a two-day test session with Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge at MotorLand Aragón Circuit (Alcañiz, Spain).

The squad, the Japanese engineers and the two factory riders are demonstrating their full and unrelenting commitment to the project, as they continue to focus on optimising the setup of the CBR1000RR-R with a view to the final part of the 2022 season and beyond.

The riders have completed two intense and fruitful days of work, on track from 9am to 1pm and from 2pm to 6pm and favoured by good, albeit cool weather conditions with a maximum air temperature of around 22° and some wind at certain times of the day.

The next WorldSBK round will see Team HRC compete at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimão, Portugal over the weekend of 7-9 October.

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Iker Lecuona 7

“We’ve completed two days of testing, which took place in sunny yet windy conditions, especially on Wednesday. Everything’s gone smoothly and well, and I leave here happy with all the work we’ve got done over the two days. We worked both in preparation for next year and to try and improve this year’s setup, as the aim is to exploit our potential better than we have in the last couple of races heading into the last part of the season. We essentially carried out testing on every aspect of the bike and I felt good and strong.”

Xavi Vierge 97

“I’m happy with the way these two days of testing have gone, not least because, when we raced here in April, I was injured so the setup of the bike had to be adapted to suit my physical condition. This time we were able to test with our normal setup and have found very good feeling, which is promising with a view to the end of the season. We also worked to develop an intense schedule in preparation for next year and that’s all looking very promising. I really want to thank the team for all their hard work in between the two rounds and now we have one weekend to rest before focusing on Portimão.”

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 motorlandaragon.com

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)