The Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal is the stage for the last European round of the 2022 Superbike World Championship and Team HRC is keen to exploit the fact it is competing at a track that rookie riders Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge already know.

Aware that one of the most important setup aspects relates to race-distance consistency and that this track is pretty hard on tyre life, the team spent both sessions working to find steady race pace, rather than outright pace.

The opening practice session ran smoothly this morning in warm, sunny conditions. With previous data to refer to, and with the experience gathered during recent rounds, both sides of the garage were able to make solid progress already during this first phase, with both Xavi and Iker getting into a good rhythm and making the most of the almost ideal conditions. Lapping with similar lap times to each other, Vierge set a best of 1’41.972 to position ninth, with Lecuona finishing right behind him, tenth with a 1’42.099.

The work continued mid-afternoon during FP2. Lecuona immediately shaved a good half second off his previous time and didn’t stop there, making further gains throughout the 45-minute session and demonstrating a certain consistency around the Portuguese track. His best was a 1’41.453, a time that saw him round out day one in sixth place overall. Team-mate Vierge also made a step towards the end of this second session, a 1’41.858 moving him up into twelfth position in the day’s combined standings.

Iker Lecuona 7


“It was a positive Friday for us and I felt strong and confident on my bike. At the same time, when I made a few laps with Alvaro and a final one close to Johnny towards the end of FP1, I could feel that something is still missing. Generally speaking, we’ve found consistent pace, and this is good - we put the focus on the tyre life because we generally struggle at the end of races once the grip drops significantly. So we tried to work to improve this area of the bike and yes, we’ve found something, nothing huge but definitely something that allows us to be more consistent. Looking at the big picture, I feel both good and a bit frustrated because, compared to the top three guys, I’m still losing a little everywhere, which means that we need to keep up the good work and try to close this gap. Looking at what we achieved during the last test and also here today in terms of setup, I feel happy and am looking forward to tomorrow. Our target for qualifying is a place on the first two rows and then, for the race, to try and be consistent throughout and especially in the final stages, and of course to score the best possible result.”

Xavi Vierge 97

“It’s been a good first day for us considering that we’ve worked a lot on race pace, finding quite good feeling over the two sessions. In the final part of FP1 we tried a new tyre but to be honest we expected more. In the end, the feeling wasn’t perfect with this solution, but it was good to try it today because that helped us to understand the direction to take tomorrow. The team has done a very good job and so we can say so far, so good.”

WorldSBK 2022
Free Practice Round 09   Portugal

Free Practices Combined Results after FP2

Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Razgatlioglu Toprak 1 TUR PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'40.720
2 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'40.965 0.245
3 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1'41.082 0.362
4 Rea Jonathan 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'41.196 0.476
5 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'41.223 0.503
6 Lecuona Iker 7 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'41.453 0.733
7 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'41.639 0.919
8 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'41.760 1.040
9 Bassani Axel 47 ITA Motocorsa Racing Ducati 1'41.765 1.045
10 Öttl Philipp 5 GER Team GOELEVEN Ducati 1'41.836 1.116
11 Redding Scott 45 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'41.847 1.127
12 Vierge Xavi 97 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'41.858 1.138
13 Baz Loris 76 FRA Bonovo Action BMW BMW 1'41.923 1.203
14 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'42.066 1.346
15 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE Bonovo Action BMW BMW 1'42.072 1.352
16 Tamburini Roberto 2 ITA Yamaha MotoxRacing WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'42.297 1.577
17 Mahias Lucas 44 FRA Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 1'42.313 1.593
18 Haslam Leon 91 GBR TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 1'42.750 2.030
19 Gagne Jake 33 USA Attack Performance Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1'42.760 2.040
20 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA Team Gil Motor Sport Yamaha 1'42.944 2.224
21 Syahrin Hafizh 35 MAL MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 1'43.161 2.441
22 Nozane Kohta 3 JPN GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1'43.329 2.609
23 Marvin Fritz 17 GER Yamaha MotoxRacing WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'43.415 2.695
24 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 1'43.416 2.696
25 Bernardi Luca 29 ITA BARNI Spark Racing Team Ducati 1'43.807 3.087
26 Konig Oliver 52 CZE ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 1'45.625 4.905
Location Information

Autódromo Internacional do Algarve Sitio do Escampadinho, Mexilhoeira Grande, 8500-148 Portimão, Portugal

Pole Position Right
Length 4.592 Km
Corners 15
Right Corners 9
Left Corners 6


Pole Record 1'39.610 (165,959 Km/h) J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2022)
Race Record 1'39.826 (165,600) T.Razgatlioglu (Yamaha YZF R1, 2023 - SPRC)
All Time Record 1'39.610 (165,959 Km/h) J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2022)
2023 Race 1 Winner A. Bautista (Ducati V4 R)
2023 Superpole Race Winner A. Bautista (Ducati V4 R)
2023 Race 2 Winner A. Bautista (Ducati V4 R)