A week on from a test sessions at new WorldSBK circuit in Cremona (Italy), Team HRC has completed further testing this week, taking to the Misano World Circuit on Thursday 30 and Friday 31 May as it continues preparations ahead of the fourth world championship round, scheduled to take place at the same Italian track on June 14-16.

Factory riders Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge made the most of dry conditions on Thursday, working on the setup of their CBR1000RR-R machines together with their technicians. Keen to collate as much data as possible, the two riders worked tirelessly throughout the day. The pair were back out, along with most of the WorldSBK field, on Friday, when they continued with the essential preparation work, which included the testing of a new exhaust with a view to improving power delivery.

Despite rain showers on day two, which interrupted the action for long periods in the early afternoon, the team completed most of its scheduled work. The focus was largely on general bike and electronics setup testing, laying important foundations ahead of the next races.

Team HRC will be back in action in two weeks’ time, when round four of the Superbike World Championship will be staged at the Misano Circuit.

Iker Lecuona 7

"We have worked very hard on the base setup and have also tried many things on the electronics. I have to be honest, we improved a little, but not yet enough. We are still a bit behind compared to other riders and are still struggling with turning and in terms of drive. That said, it was not a bad test. We collected a lot of data and new information on the bike in light of the changes we made over the last couple of days, and in Cremona too. Unfortunately, I was unable to fully exploit our time in the rain this afternoon due to a small electronics issue. It’s a pity, as it would have been useful after my crash at Assen. But overall, it’s been an interesting test. In two weeks, we will be back here racing at Misano, so the team and Japan have all the data. Now, it’s over to them to analyze all this data and continue the work”.

Xavi Vierge 97

"Two more days of important testing here at Misano. We tried many different things and although it's clear that we’re not yet achieving the kind of performances we’re aiming for, everyone is making a huge effort. Now it will be crucial to analyze all the data collected both here and at Cremona. It was a pity about the mixed conditions today, as yesterday we focused on one part of the job, while today we had planned to do something else. But all in all, we were able to complete a lot of work. The last hour and a half were the most productive. Over the next couple of weeks, the team will try to prepare the best possible setup, and then over the race weekend, we will focus on achieving maximum performance."

Location Information

Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” Via Daijiro Kato, 10 47843 Misano Adriatico (RN) – Italy Misanocircuit.com

LENGTH 4.226 Km


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