Round five of the 2022 Superbike World Championship has now drawn to a close at the British track of Donington Park, bringing more important championship points for Team HRC and riders Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge, the former battling through pain and the latter facing a variety of challenges as they completed the day’s races.

In today’s brief ten-lap Superpole race, the pair was lying eighth (Lecuona) and thirteenth (Vierge) at the end of the opening lap. Lecuona passed Locatelli after a lengthy battle for seventh while Vierge also made up one place. While Lecuona held firm, Vierge lost ground after another rider made contact and caused him to run briefly off track before rejoining in sixteenth place. Xavi nevertheless continued to fight throughout the second half of the short sprint to cross the line a valiant fifteenth, behind team-mate Iker, who ran a consistent race to cross the line seventh.

Lecuona retained his spot on the third row of the grid for Race2, while Vierge moved up to the fifth row, thanks to a revision of the starting grid by race direction. Lights went out on the second and final Superbike race at 2pm and Lecuona and Vierge placed eighth and eleventh after the first of 23 laps. With both feeling less than 100%, it was only a matter of time before they began to struggle. Lacking in energy and in pain with his right arm, Lecuona lost contact with the group immediately ahead of him but did his best to hold off the chasing riders, while Vierge ran a fairly solitary second half of the race. The Team HRC pair did well to reach the finish line and score points, Lecuona securing another top ten and Vierge closing thirteenth.

Five rounds into the 2022 season and Lecuona places sixth in the championship standings with 116 points, Vierge tenth with 69 points. The next round of the WorldSBK championship will run at the Most Circuit in the Czech Republic on 29-31 July.

Iker Lecuona 7

SPRC P7 RC2 P10

“This morning in warmup I felt good on used tyres so I knew we had the potential to fight for a top five finish. In the Superpole race, my start wasn’t exactly the best and then I lost time in a lengthy battle with Loca. By the time I finally overtook him, a gap had opened between me and the guys ahead. I finished seventh, not a bad result all things considered, and still good for race 2 grid. I was also able to manage my arm pump issue over the short race distance. Unfortunately, the same couldn’t be said of Race 2 when I struggled a lot physically speaking. A lack of energy and pain in my right arm made the situation quite difficult to manage. I felt a first drop in my physical performance already after five laps. So race 2 was tough, but we managed to finish top ten anyway, which isn’t bad considering we are having a consistent season but at the same time it’s frustrating because the result doesn’t reflect the potential of the bike here. P10 would be not our position today if I had not had that issue. A big thanks to the team anyway, as they do not only work very hard but support me regarding every aspect of the weekend. Leon (Camier) arranged to have a physiotherapist here to try and help me with my arm, so thanks to everyone on the team and now let’s rest up ahead of the next round.”

Xavi Vierge 97

SPRC P15 RC2 P13

“This weekend has been tough for us, more so than we expected. We weren’t exactly envisaging an easy weekend, considering I’m returning after injury, surgery and a four-week break, and that this is a totally new track, but we were hoping for more, honestly. If we focus on the positives as we always try to do, we can say that we’ve been able to improve a lot over the course of the weekend and in the final race today we closed the gap to the front compared to where we were at the beginning. We don’t expect to be fighting for these positions, but it is what it is and at least we collected a lot of information while getting the maximum from this weekend. Thanks to the team for all their efforts, and now let’s look ahead to the next one.”

WorldSBK 2022
Race Round 05   United Kingdom

Results Tissot Superpole Race

Sunny
Humidity
43%
Track Temp
36°C
Air Temp
26°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Razgatlioglu Toprak 1 TUR 12 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha Time of Race 14'35.464
2 Rea Jonathan 65 GBR 9 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1.089
3 Redding Scott 45 GBR 7 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 3.889
4 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 6 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 3.889
5 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 5 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 5.244
6 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 4 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 6.282
7 Lecuona Iker 7 SPA 3 Team HRC Honda 8.665
8 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA 2 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 10.445
9 Baz Loris 76 FRA 1 Bonovo Action BMW BMW 10.802
10 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA 0 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 12.491
11 Öttl Philipp 5 GER 0 Team GOELEVEN Ducati 12.558
12 Bassani Axel 47 ITA 0 Motocorsa Racing Ducati 18.053
13 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 0 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 21.933
14 Mahias Lucas 44 FRA 0 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 24.090
15 Vierge Xavi 97 SPA 0 Team HRC Honda 24.540
16 Hickman Peter 10 GBR 0 FHO Racing BMW 26.834
17 Nozane Kohta 3 JPN 0 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 27.400
18 Mykhalchyk Illia 37 UKR 0 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 27.958
19 Syahrin Hafizh 35 MAL 0 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 29.595
20 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG 0 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 29.653
21 Tamburini Roberto 2 ITA 0 Yamaha MotoxRacing WorldSBK Team Yamaha 30.394
22 Bernardi Luca 29 ITA 0 BARNI Spark Racing Team Ducati 30.658
23 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 0 Bonovo Action BMW BMW 30.681
24 Konig Oliver 52 CZE 0 ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 32.678
25 Mackenzie Tarran 95 GBR DNF McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 6 Laps
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Race Round 05   United Kingdom

Results Race 2

Sunny
Humidity
33%
Track Temp
41°C
Air Temp
29°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 33'48.407
2 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 20 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1.102
3 Rea Jonathan 65 GBR 16 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 2.615
4 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 13 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 5.067
5 Redding Scott 45 GBR 11 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 8.256
6 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 10 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 10.114
7 Bassani Axel 47 ITA 9 Motocorsa Racing Ducati 13.422
8 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA 8 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 15.514
9 Baz Loris 76 FRA 7 Bonovo Action BMW BMW 23.119
10 Lecuona Iker 7 SPA 6 Team HRC Honda 23.512
11 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA 5 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 23.596
12 Öttl Philipp 5 GER 4 Team GOELEVEN Ducati 24.142
13 Vierge Xavi 97 SPA 3 Team HRC Honda 24.896
14 Mahias Lucas 44 FRA 2 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 32.872
15 Mackenzie Tarran 95 GBR 1 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 33.356
16 Bernardi Luca 29 ITA 0 BARNI Spark Racing Team Ducati 44.719
17 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG 0 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 51.052
18 Nozane Kohta 3 JPN 0 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 52.320
19 Hickman Peter 10 GBR 0 FHO Racing BMW 52.457
20 Syahrin Hafizh 35 MAL 0 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 57.785
21 Tamburini Roberto 2 ITA 0 Yamaha MotoxRacing WorldSBK Team Yamaha 58.338
22 Konig Oliver 52 CZE 0 ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 1'03.669
23 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 0 Bonovo Action BMW BMW 4 Laps
24 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 0 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 16 Laps
25 Mykhalchyk Illia 37 UKR 0 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 21 Laps
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Rider standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 246 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati
2 Rea Jonathan 65 GBR 229 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki
3 Razgatlioglu Toprak 1 TUR 203 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha
4 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA 124 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha
5 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 119 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati
6 Lecuona Iker 7 SPA 116 Team HRC Honda
7 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 106 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki
8 Bassani Alex 47 ITA 88 Motocorsa Racing Ducati
9 Redding Scott 45 GBR 79 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW
10 Vierge Xavi 97 SPA 69 Team HRC Honda
11 Baz Loris 76 FRA 60 Bonovo Action BMW BMW
12 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA 48 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha
13 Öttl Philipp 5 GER 29 Team GOELEVEN Ducati
14 Mahias Lucas 44 FRA 20 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki
15 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 18 Bonovo Action BMW BMW
16 Tamburini Roberto 2 ITA 18 Yamaha MotoxRacing WorldSBK Team Yamaha
17 Bernardi Luca 29 ITA 15 BARNI Spark Racing Team Ducati
18 Fores Xavi 15 SPA 12 Team GOELEVEN Ducati
19 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 11 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW
20 Mykhalchyk Illia 37 UKR 10 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW
21 Nozane Kohta 3 JPN 9 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha
22 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA 8 Team Gil Motor Sport Yamaha
23 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 4 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki
24 Mackenzie Tarran 95 GBR 3 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha
25 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG 1 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda
26 Vinales Isaac 32 SPA 0 Yamaha MotoxRacing WorldSBK Team Yamaha
27 Syahrin Hafizh 35 MAL 0 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda
28 Hickman Peter 10 GBR 0 FHO Racing BMW
29 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 0 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki
30 Marvin Fritz 17 GER 0 Yamaha MotoxRacing WorldSBK Team Yamaha
31 Ruiu Gabriele 16 ITA 0 B-Max Racing Team BMW
32 Konig Oliver 52 CZE 0 ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki
33 Delbianco Alessandro 25 ITA 0 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki
34 Cresson Loris 84 BEL 0 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki
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)