Team HRC is currently competing in round seven of the Superbike World Championship at the Magny-Cours circuit in France with factory riders Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge. The final 30-minute practice and 15-minute Superpole ran on a dry track this morning, after yesterday’s preparation was carried out in full wet conditions.

And so it was that the two rookies, with less than an hour of dry track experience to their name, headed into their first ever race at the French circuit, bravely demonstrating their speed and competitiveness. Both were able to match the pace of the leaders during the first half of the race, before being forced to slow their rhythm somewhat in the final stages.

Earlier in the day, Team HRC made the best of the brief 30-minute final practice, working hard to prepare its CBR1000RR-R bikes for the Superpole and an eventual dry race. Lecuona set a 1’36.892, just seven tenths from pole position, and Vierge recorded a 1’37.280, which meant they qualified thirteenth and fourteenth respectively in what was a very close-fought Superpole session.

The weekend’s first 21-lap race got underway in dry conditions at 2pm local time. Lecuona moved into twelfth on lap two, before crashes for two of the leading riders saw the Team HRC duo move into ninth and eleventh place. As the race progressed, both factory riders were able to find a very fast rhythm, lapping with similar times to the race leaders and reaching sixth (Iker) and eighth (Xavi) by the mid-race point. Neither was able to maintain their earlier pace in the latter stages, meaning that Lecuona ultimately crossed the line ninth and team-mate Vierge thirteenth. The factory duo has nevertheless learned a lot from today’s experience and is ready to harness that tomorrow to fight for a much better outcome.

Iker Lecuona 7

P9 (Race1)

“Today was a tough but constructive day for us. This morning we finally had 30 minutes of dry track time to learn the layout. We also made a little step with the setup but not enough to give me a totally good feeling with the bike. In qualifying, being able to lap in 1’36” was good but the standings were so close that a relatively small gap of seven tenths meant that we had to start from the fifth row. And I still wasn’t feeling comfortable on the bike. So we decided to change the setup before the race and take something of a gamble with the front tyre, which we knew wouldn’t be able to last race distance without suffering a significant drop. The drop arrived, but until then I was able to ride very fast, the bike feeling like “my” bike again, which allowed me to make up many positions. Then, in the second half of the race, I basically just focused on finishing the race as well as possible, saving a lot of potential crashes, especially through the right-hand corners. Anyway, I want to thank my team for all their great work and for putting me in a condition to be fast and enjoy riding my bike. So we can be happy with another top ten, while preparing to use today’s experience to put together a better day tomorrow.”

Xavi Vierge 97

P13 (Race1)

“All in all, we can consider today a positive day. After qualifying we made a good change to the bike and I felt much better, but we then opted for a front tyre that was very, very strong during the first half of the race but that significant lost its grip in the second half. We are doing a good job with the team anyway and we learned a lot today. Tomorrow we will have two more chances to do a lot better.”

WorldSBK 2022
Race Round 07   France

Results Tissot Superpole

Dry
Humidity
66%
Track Temp
24°C
Air Temp
19°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rea Jonathan 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'36.124
2 Razgatlioglu Toprak 1 TUR PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'36.124 0.000
3 Redding Scott 45 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'36.233 0.109
4 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'36.416 0.292
5 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1'36.464 0.340
6 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'36.524 0.400
7 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'36.594 0.470
8 Bassani Axel 47 ITA Motocorsa Racing Ducati 1'36.629 0.505
9 Baz Loris 76 FRA Bonovo Action BMW BMW 1'36.630 0.506
10 Öttl Philipp 5 GER Team GOELEVEN Ducati 1'36.675 0.551
11 Mahias Lucas 44 FRA Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 1'36.678 0.554
12 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'36.741 0.617
13 Lecuona Iker 7 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'36.892 0.768
14 Vierge Xavi 97 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'37.280 1.156
15 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'37.411 1.287
16 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE Bonovo Action BMW BMW 1'37.793 1.669
17 Nozane Kohta 3 JPN GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1'37.830 1.706
18 Tamburini Roberto 2 ITA Yamaha MotoxRacing WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'37.930 1.806
19 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA Team Gil Motor Sport Yamaha 1'38.182 2.058
20 Bernardi Luca 29 ITA BARNI Spark Racing Team Ducati 1'38.337 2.213
21 Syahrin Hafizh 35 MAL MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 1'38.635 2.511
22 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 1'38.804 2.680
23 Gutierrez Oscar 99 SPA TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 1'38.934 2.810
24 Konig Oliver 52 CZE ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 1'39.204 3.080
WorldSBK 2022
Race Round 07   France

Results Race 1

Dry
Humidity
56%
Track Temp
29°C
Air Temp
21°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 25 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati Time of Race 34'06.991
2 Redding Scott 45 GBR 20 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 4.079
3 Bassani Axel 47 ITA 16 Motocorsa Racing Ducati 6.751
4 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 13 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 8.531
5 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA 11 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 9.022
6 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 10 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 17.260
7 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA 9 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 20.044
8 Öttl Philipp 5 GER 8 Team GOELEVEN Ducati 20.712
9 Lecuona Iker 7 SPA 7 Team HRC Honda 21.583
10 Mahias Lucas 44 FRA 6 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 23.854
11 Razgatlioglu Toprak 1 TUR 5 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 26.929
12 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 4 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 27.322
13 Vierge Xavi 97 SPA 3 Team HRC Honda 28.639
14 Baz Loris 76 FRA 2 Bonovo Action BMW BMW 37.824
15 Bernardi Luca 29 ITA 1 BARNI Spark Racing Team Ducati 38.051
16 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA 0 Team Gil Motor Sport Yamaha 40.505
17 Nozane Kohta 3 JPN 0 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 40.619
18 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 0 Bonovo Action BMW BMW 41.049
19 Tamburini Roberto 2 ITA 0 Yamaha MotoxRacing WorldSBK Team Yamaha 41.743
20 Syahrin Hafizh 35 MAL 0 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 49.687
21 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG 0 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 51.725
22 Konig Oliver 52 CZE 0 ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 51.964
23 Gutierrez Oscar 99 SPA 0 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 1'01.857
24 Rea Jonathan 65 GBR 0 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1 Lap
Location Information

Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours Technopole – 58470 Magny-Cours – France Magny Cours

POLE POSITION RIGHT
LENGTH 4.411 Km
CORNERS 17
RIGHT CORNERS 9
LEFT CORNERS 8

Records

Pole Record 1'35.683 (165,96 Km/h) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2021)
Race Record 1'36.374 (164,77 Km/h) J.Rea (SPRC) (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2021)
All Time Record 1'35.683 (165,96 Km/h) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2021)
2022 Race 1 Winner A. Bautista(Ducati)
2022 Superpole Race Winner T.Razgatlioglu (Yamaha YZF R1)
2022 Race 2 Winner T.Razgatlioglu (Yamaha YZF R1)