Team HRC has completed the first of the weekend’s Superbike races at the Donington Park circuit in the UK, but the day was not without its challenges, rider Iker Lecuona ultimately crossing the line in eighth place, and team-mate Xavi Vierge thirteenth.

The team made final preparations for the Superpole during the morning’s final practice session. Vierge suffered a small crash but was immediately able to continue with the day’s action. Then came the Superpole, which ran in dry, sunny conditions at 11.10am local time. The short qualifying session turned into a real battle for grid positions in the final minutes. Lecuona was able to set a competitive time, a 1’27.038 with which he placed seventh at the end of the 15-minute phase. Vierge improved significantly on his best practice time to record a 1’27.861, with which he finished sixteenth. The Team HRC duo therefore secured places on the third and sixth row of the grid respectively for the first of the weekend’s races.

The first 23-lap Superbike race got underway on a dry track at 2pm. Lecuona got away well from seventh on the grid and was lying sixth through the first turns. A particularly ‘busy’ first lap gave him the opportunity to move briefly into fourth, although he soon found himself battling an invisible enemy, or rather ‘arm pump’, a problem that has been bothering him all weekend at this physically demanding track. Seventh at the mid-race point, Iker fought hard to regain ground but ultimately crossed the line in eighth position, unable to fend off a final attack from Garrett Gerloff on the very last lap. Satisfied with the work done on his bike, Iker hopes that some rest this evening will allow him to feel better for tomorrow’s double-race appointment. Vierge positioned fifteenth early on, a position he held for the best part of the race in fact, before battling it out against British riders in the final phase to secure final thirteenth place.

Iker Lecuona 7

RC1 P8

“A day of two sides - I’m quite happy and want to say thanks to the team for the great work they’ve done on the bike following an issue we had yesterday. We resolved that and found a good setup for the bike which allowed me to set a competitive time in qualifying despite a small mistake on my flying lap and find good race pace. I started the race quite well from the clean side of the track and was able to run top five in the first laps. Unfortunately, though, I’m really suffering with arm pump in my right arm this weekend, so strong that I was not sure I could even finish the race. After ten laps I realised I just had to manage the situation and try to reach the line. I almost made it to seventh, but Gerloff overtook me on the very last lap. I couldn’t fend him off, but I think we can be happy with the work we are doing as a team.”

Xavi Vierge 97

RC1 P13

“We made some progress in qualifying but not enough and starting from the sixth row made for a difficult race, right from the outset. Anyway, I fought hard every single lap to obtain the best possible result and gain as much experience as possible for tomorrow. We know where we need to focus in order to find some more rear grip and be able to fight with the others. We will work towards this target this afternoon and, as always, I want to thank the team for their hard work. After running a full race, I’m pleased to say that I’m feeling OK with my hand after the injury and this is positive.”

WorldSBK 2022
Race Round 05   United Kingdom

Results Tissot Superpole

Sunny
Humidity
59%
Track Temp
34°C
Air Temp
19°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rea Jonathan 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'26.080
2 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'26.353 0.273
3 Razgatlioglu Toprak 1 TUR PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'26.506 0.426
4 Redding Scott 45 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'26.514 0.434
5 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'26.736 0.656
6 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'27.011 0.931
7 Lecuona Iker 7 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'27.038 0.958
8 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1'27.100 1.020
9 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'27.191 1.111
10 Bassani Axel 47 ITA Motocorsa Racing Ducati 1'27.206 1.126
11 Öttl Philipp 5 GER Team GOELEVEN Ducati 1'27.336 1.256
12 Mahias Lucas 44 FRA Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 1'27.390 1.310
13 Mackenzie Tarran 95 GBR McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 1'27.670 1.590
14 Baz Loris 76 FRA Bonovo Action BMW BMW 1'27.711 1.631
15 Haslam Leon 91 GBR TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 1'27.806 1.726
16 Vierge Xavi 97 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'27.861 1.781
17 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 1'27.929 1.849
18 Mykhalchyk Illia 37 UKR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'27.957 1.877
19 Tamburini Roberto 2 ITA Yamaha MotoxRacing WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'28.025 1.945
20 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE Bonovo Action BMW BMW 1'28.048 1.968
21 Syahrin Hafizh 35 MAL MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 1'28.141 2.061
22 Hickman Peter 10 GBR FHO Racing BMW 1'28.378 2.298
23 Nozane Kohta 3 JPN GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1'28.617 2.537
24 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA Team Gil Motor Sport Yamaha 1'28.935 2.855
25 Konig Oliver 52 CZE ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 1'29.011 2.931
26 Bernardi Luca 29 ITA BARNI Spark Racing Team Ducati 1'29.032 2.952
WorldSBK 2022
Race Round 05   United Kingdom

Results Race 1

Sunny
Humidity
44%
Track Temp
42°C
Air Temp
24°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Razgatlioglu Toprak 1 TUR 25 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha Time of Race 33'46.954
2 Rea Jonathan 65 GBR 20 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 6.397
3 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 16 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 9.499
4 Redding Scott 45 GBR 13 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 11.515
5 Bassani Axel 47 ITA 11 Motocorsa Racing Ducati 12.820
6 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 10 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 14.482
7 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA 9 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 17.127
8 Lecuona Iker 7 SPA 8 Team HRC Honda 17.438
9 Baz Loris 76 FRA 7 Bonovo Action BMW BMW 24.903
10 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA 6 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 28.498
11 Öttl Philipp 5 GER 5 Team GOELEVEN Ducati 31.467
12 Mahias Lucas 44 FRA 4 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 33.514
13 Vierge Xavi 97 SPA 3 Team HRC Honda 33.647
14 Mackenzie Tarran 95 GBR 2 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 34.870
15 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 1 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 44.961
16 Mykhalchyk Illia 37 UKR 0 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 45.205
17 Syahrin Hafizh 35 MAL 0 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 52.808
18 Bernardi Luca 29 ITA 0 BARNI Spark Racing Team Ducati 53.315
19 Nozane Kohta 3 JPN 0 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 54.779
20 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 0 Bonovo Action BMW BMW 55.987
21 Tamburini Roberto 2 ITA 0 Yamaha MotoxRacing WorldSBK Team Yamaha 56.072
22 Hickman Peter 10 GBR 0 FHO Racing BMW 1'00.554
23 Konig Oliver 52 CZE 0 ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 1'07.239
24 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA DNF ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 7 Laps
25 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA DNF Team Gil Motor Sport Yamaha 10 Laps
26 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG DNF MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 17 Laps
Location Information

Donington Park Circuit Castle Donington, Derby, DE74 2RP, United Kingdom Donington Park

POLE POSITION LEFT
LENGHT 4.023 Km
CORNERS 12
RIGHT CORNERS 7
LEFT CORNERS 5

Records

Pole Record 1'26.080 (168,248 Km/h) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2022)
Race Record 1'26.767 (166,916 Km/h) T. Razgatlioglu (Yamaha YZF R1, SPRC, 2022)
All Time Record 1'26.080 7 (168,248 Km/h) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2022)
2022 Race 1 Winner T. Razgatlioglu (Yamaha YZF R1)
2022 Superpole Race Winner T. Razgatlioglu (Yamaha YZF R1)
2022 Race 2 Winner T. Razgatlioglu (Yamaha YZF R1)