Team HRC is in action at the Circuito de Jerez in Spain, where it is competing in the final round of the 2023 Superbike World Championship. After eleven hard-fought rounds, factory riders Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge aim to finish the season on a high before beginning their preparations for the 2024 season, with both having extended their contracts with Team HRC.

Friday’s first practice got underway in cloudy conditions and on a wet track. This meant that most of the SBK field elected not to ride, the Team HRC riders included. Fortunately, the pair were able to make the most of dry conditions during the afternoon’s FP2. Lecuona wasted no time, appearing immediately comfortable aboard the CBR1000RR-R and able to lap very close to the top during the first half of the session, when he set his best lap time, a 1’41.631. He was unable to further improve on his lap time in the final stages, unlike most of the other riders, which meant he positioned eleventh at the end of day one. Team-mate Vierge had a few niggles to iron out during this second session, the Spaniard thus closing eighteenth with a time of 1’42.515.

Having missed out on the morning’s session, Team HRC remains confident that it can take further steps forward in tomorrow’ FP3, as it prepares for the subsequent Superpole and the first of the weekend’s races.

Iker Lecuona 7


“The day was tricky as far the weather and track conditions were concerned. We basically missed out on the morning session entirely, with the track half wet and half dry after rain overnight. Our afternoon session got off to a good start though, and I could lap very close to the top guys until about fifteen minutes from the end, when everyone put in a new set of tyres. The others improved but we were not able to, and we don’t really know why we couldn’t make the step that everyone else did on fresh tyres. The feeling on the bike was OK and everything’s working quite well, but we can’t be fast enough so we must check the data to find an answer and make some changes to the bike.”

Xavi Vierge 97


“A strange first day here at Jerez. We couldn’t exploit the whole day as track conditions in the morning essentially made the first session useless. In FP2 the conditions improved but still weren’t perfect, with some wet patches here and there around the track. My feeling on the bike was also a little odd right from the start; it didn’t feel bad, but I couldn’t find the confidence to go faster. Having said that, there’s no specific issue, so it’s probably just a case of linking the dots and making the whole package better. We will check the data and make some comparisons with our pre-season references to find a way to be faster.”

WorldSBK 2023
Free Practice Round 12   Spain

Free Practices Combined Results after FP2

Mixed in the morning / Dry in the afternoon
Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'40.312
2 Gardner Remy 87 AUS GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'40.556 0.244
3 Bautista Alvaro 1 SPA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'40.632 0.320
4 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'40.710 0.398
5 Aegerter Dominique 77 SWI GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'40.823 0.511
6 Öttl Philipp 5 GER Team GOELEVEN Ducati 1'40.858 0.546
7 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA Bonovo Action BMW BMW 1'41.258 0.946
8 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA BARNI Spark Racing Team Ducati 1'41.278 0.966
9 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'41.294 0.982
10 Redding Scott 45 GBR ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'41.507 1.195
11 Lecuona Iker 7 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'41.631 1.319
12 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'41.686 1.374
13 Rea Jonathan 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'41.724 1.412
14 Bassani Axel 47 ITA Motocorsa Racing Ducati 1'41.946 1.634
15 Baldassarri Lorenzo 34 ITA GMT94 Yamaha Yamaha 1'42.148 1.836
16 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'42.250 1.938
17 Baz Loris 76 FRA Bonovo Action BMW BMW 1'42.514 2.202
18 Vierge Xavi 97 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'42.515 2.203
19 Syahrin Hafizh 35 MAL PETRONAS MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 1'42.865 2.553
20 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 1'42.982 2.670
21 Alt Florian 61 GER Holzhauer Racing Promotion Honda 1'43.601 3.289
22 Ruiu Gabriele 16 ITA B-Max Racing Team BMW 1'43.904 3.592
23 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG PETRONAS MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 1'44.151 3.839
24 Konig Oliver 52 CZE ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 1'44.256 3.944
Location Information

Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto Carretera Jerez-Arcos, km 10 – Apdo de Correos 35 11592 Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz) – Spain

LENGTH 4.423 Km


Pole Record 1'38.247 (162,07 Km/h) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2019)
Race Record 1'39.004 (160,83 Km/h) A.Bautista (Ducati Panigale V4 R, 2019)
All Time Record 1'38.247 (162,07 Km/h) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2019)
2023 Race 1 Winner A.Bautista (Ducati Panigale V4 R)
2023 Superpole Race Winner A.Bautista (Ducati Panigale V4 R)
2023 Race 2 Winner A.Bautista (Ducati Panigale V4 R)