Having competed at the Magny-Cours circuit in France just over a week ago, Team HRC now finds itself in Montmeló, Spain, where round eight of the 2022 Superbike World Championship will play out at the Circuit de Barcelona- Catalunya this coming weekend.

The latest French round failed to bring the desired results for riders Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge, who gave it their all in the face of inclement weather, crashes, and grip issues. As for the Barcelona circuit though, Team HRC took part in test sessions at this track in both March and August, with both riders fairing very well on those occasions. Added to this, the factory team scored a podium in the Superpole race at last year’s Catalunya round. Confidence levels are therefore high as the squad heads into this eighth championship round. A home round for the team and riders alike, everyone wants to be able to put in a strong performance in front of the local fans.

The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya was inaugurated in 1991 but only featured on the WorldSBK calendar for the first time in 2020, while it has long been a regular stage for both F1 and MotoGP racing. The flowing track, which was resurfaced in 2018, measures 4657 metres in length and incorporates eight right-hand turns and six left-hand turns. The Montmeló facility enjoys a privileged position, located just a few kilometres from Barcelona city centre.

 

SBK Weekend schedule (CEST):

Friday

10.30 – 11.15 – Free Practice 1

15.00 – 15.45 – Free Practice 2

Saturday

9.00 – 9.30 – Free Practice 3

11.10 – 11.25 – Superpole

14.00 – Race 1 

Sunday

9.00 – 9.15 – Warm-up

11.00 – Superpole race

14.00 – Race 2

Iker Lecuona 7

“I expect a lot of the Barcelona round to be honest, because I remember that I was very fast here during the first winter test, finishing third overall. Then, when we came here again in August, I finished second, just a couple of tenths down on Johnny Rea, so we know we can be very fast. Having said that, it’s also true that we struggled a lot during the latest race weekend, so let’s wait and see. I hope we can quickly get into a rhythm and find feeling with the bike, and that everything will be easier than it was at Magny-Cours.”

Xavi Vierge 97

“It’s finally time for my real home race, at a track I know very well and where we already had chance to carry out some testing sessions, back in the winter and more recently, in August. Both sessions went really well for us so I’m looking forward to starting the weekend and enjoying the Montmeló track with my bike and team, as we push for some good results.”

WorldSBK 2022

Rider standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 332 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati
2 Razgatlioglu Toprak 1 TUR 302 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha
3 Rea Jonathan 65 GBR 285 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki
4 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 167 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati
5 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA 166 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha
6 Bassani Alex 47 ITA 151 Motocorsa Racing Ducati
7 Redding Scott 45 GBR 145 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW
8 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 145 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki
9 Lecuona Iker 7 SPA 140 Team HRC Honda
10 Vierge Xavi 97 SPA 82 Team HRC Honda
11 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA 76 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha
12 Baz Loris 76 FRA 75 Bonovo Action BMW BMW
13 Öttl Philipp 5 GER 53 Team GOELEVEN Ducati
14 Mahias Lucas 44 FRA 41 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki
15 Bernardi Luca 29 ITA 27 BARNI Spark Racing Team Ducati
16 Tamburini Roberto 2 ITA 25 Yamaha MotoxRacing WorldSBK Team Yamaha
17 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 18 Bonovo Action BMW BMW
18 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 15 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW
19 Nozane Kohta 3 JPN 13 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha
20 Fores Xavi 15 SPA 12 Team GOELEVEN Ducati
21 Mykhalchyk Illia 37 UKR 10 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW
22 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA 8 Team Gil Motor Sport Yamaha
23 Syahrin Hafizh 35 MAL 4 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda
24 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 4 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki
25 Mackenzie Tarran 95 GBR 3 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha
26 Hickman Peter 10 GBR 2 FHO Racing BMW
27 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG 2 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda
28 Vinales Isaac 32 SPA 0 Yamaha MotoxRacing WorldSBK Team Yamaha
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 Vickers Ryan James 77 GBR 0 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki
34 Gutierrez Oscar 99 SPA 0 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki
35 Delbianco Alessandro 25 ITA 0 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki
36 Cresson Loris 84 BEL 0 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki
Location Information

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya Carrer Mas Moreneta, 08160 Montmeló, Barcelona, Spain Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

POLE POSITION Right
LENGHT 4.627 Km
CORNERS 14
RIGHT CORNERS 8
LEFT CORNERS 6

Records

Pole Record 1'40.408 (166,971 Km/h) T. Sykes (BMW M 1000 RR, 2021)
Race Record 1'41.135 (165,771 Km/h) A. Bautista (Ducati V4 R, 2022, SPRC)
All Time Record 1'40.408 (166,971 Km/h) T. Sykes (BMW M 1000 RR, 2021)
2022 Race 1 Winner A. Bautista (Ducati V4 R)
2022 Superpole Winner A. Bautista (Ducati V4 R)
2022 Race 2 Winner A. Bautista (Ducati V4 R)