The tenth round of the 2022 Superbike World Championship sees Team HRC in action at the San Juan Villicum circuit in Argentina. Factory riders Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge completed Friday’s free practice sessions in seventh and thirteenth place respectively, laying the foundations for what promises to be a positive weekend.

The first WorldSBK session allowed Lecuona and Vierge to get a first taste of the Argentinian track and begin the work to adapt their CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADES accordingly. Impressively, Iker got to grips with the technical layout in just a couple of runs, making fairly good progress right from the outset and able to set some strong lap times to place sixth by the session’s end with a best of 1’38.452. Xavi choose a more progressive approach as he built confidence with the new layout, finishing this first phase sixteenth with a time of 1’39.499.

Between FP1 and FP2, riders and paddock staff came together to observe a minute’s silence in memory of the late Victor Steeman, who tragically lost his life after an accident during the first SSP300 race at Portimão.

The afternoon’s second practice saw both Lecuona and Vierge make progress in terms of their preparation for the weekend’s races. Despite hotter conditions resulting in less grip, the team worked hard to make the most of the 45-minute phase. By the end of the session, Iker placed seventh in the combined standings, with Xavi moving into thirteenth position overall, just four tenths behind his team-mate, after setting a 1’38.933 in the final stages of the second session.

Iker Lecuona 7


“I’m a little surprised but also happy because I felt good and fast right away, despite not knowing the track at all. It’s a tricky one but I was able to learn the lines over a few laps. The track is challenging and I had also some problems running wide at some points but I admit I really like it. We followed more or less the usual schedule, just taking into consideration that I was learning a new track and needed a few laps to adapt to it. But as I said, that was quite a quick process. Overall, I’m very pleased with this first day even if we still have a lot of work to do. That’s why I don’t want to set any expectations; we’ll see what happens. My plan for tomorrow is to try and improve both the bike and my pace a little in FP3 because at the moment there’s the risk of making too many mistakes and I need to ride more smoothly and be more relaxed on the bike so that I can be more consistent with a view to the races.”

Xavi Vierge 97


“It hasn’t been an easy day as we had to work hard to understand this new track but, in the end, it concluded in a positive way. We worked hard right from the start of FP1 and every time we went on track we improved the feeling and I was able to better understand how to be fast here. Generally speaking, a solid Friday. The important thing is that we know in which sector we need to improve the most for tomorrow and we’re already working on that so that we can make a step tomorrow. Time is tight but if we succeed, we can be confident going into the races.”

WorldSBK 2022
Free Practice Round 10   Argentina

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 1'37.511
2 Rea Jonathan 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'37.707 0.196
3 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'37.986 0.475
4 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'38.068 0.557
5 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'38.082 0.571
6 Bassani Axel 47 ITA Motocorsa Racing Ducati 1'38.443 0.932
7 Lecuona Iker 7 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'38.452 0.941
8 Redding Scott 45 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'38.547 1.036
9 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'38.601 1.090
10 Baz Loris 76 FRA Bonovo Action BMW BMW 1'38.680 1.169
11 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1'38.701 1.190
12 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'38.812 1.301
13 Vierge Xavi 97 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'38.933 1.422
14 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE Bonovo Action BMW BMW 1'39.096 1.585
15 Öttl Philipp 5 GER Team GOELEVEN Ducati 1'39.405 1.894
16 Mahias Lucas 44 FRA Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 1'39.410 1.899
17 Fores Xavi 15 SPA Team GOELEVEN Ducati 1'39.431 1.920
18 Nozane Kohta 3 JPN GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1'39.485 1.974
19 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 1'39.829 2.318
20 Konig Oliver 52 CZE ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 1'39.977 2.466
21 Scheib Maximilian 27 CHI MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 1'41.110 3.599
22 Solorza Marco 39 ARG TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 1'42.499 4.988
Location Information

Circuito San Juan Villicum Ruta 40 Norte Parque Industrial Villicum Argentina

LENGHT 4.276 Km


Pole Record 1'36.216 (159,990 Km/h) T.Razgatlioglu (Yamaha YZF R1, 2022)
Race Record 1'37.277 (158,245 Km) SPRC, J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2022)
All Time Record 1'36.216 (159,990 Km/h) T.Razgatlioglu (Yamaha YZF R1, 2022)
2022 Race 1 Winner A. Bautista (Ducati Panigale V4 R)
2022 Superpole Race Winner T.Razgatlioglu (Yamaha YZF R1)
2022 Race 2 Winner A. Bautista (Ducati Panigale V4 R)