The 2022 Superbike World Championship continues this weekend on Portuguese soil, with round three now underway at the Estoril Circuit. Team HRC riders Xavi Vierge and Iker Lecuona have made a solid start to proceedings, rounding out Friday’s free practice sessions in seventh and ninth position overall.

The weekend’s opening session, which ran in warm and sunny conditions (air 25°C, track 34°C) at 10.30 am local time, saw both Vierge and Lecuona start learning what is a totally new track for them both. The pair made good progress aboard their CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADES throughout the session, with Xavi rounding out the 45-minute phase in eighth place, having set a best of 1’37.901, and Iker in fifteenth position with a 1’38.444.

Later in the day, and in slightly hotter conditions, the Team HRC duo were back out for FP2. Lecuona soon improved on his earlier time, with Vierge following suit mid-session. The final phase of the session saw Xavi continue to shave off valuable tenths to round out day one with a best of 1’37.281, while Iker finished just a tenth of a second behind with a fastest time of 1’37.375. These results saw the Team HRC riders place seventh and ninth respectively in the combined standings at the end of day one, both less than two tenths of a second off a top-five placement.

Xavi Vierge 97


“I’m pleased with our first day here, starting with the fact that I’m able to ride without pain. I could focus on learning the track, improving my riding style and increasing my feeling the bike, trying to understand how to improve the setting. During the first two rounds, it was more a matter of trying to avoid feeling too much pain. I’m happy to discover a new track too and it’s one I’m really enjoying. It’s tight with some hard braking points but I really like it. From FP1 to FP2 the team was able to improve the set-up in all areas really, mainly focusing on finding better turning and on the bike’s stability in the braking areas, which is good in view of the races because it’s very easy to make mistakes at this track. Let’s see if tomorrow we are able to improve further, with one eye on the weather forecast”.

Iker Lecuona 7


“I like this track well enough, it’s fun but really narrow for a Superbike. All in all, I can say I’m happy with today’s performance after starting the day struggling with the track’s braking areas. We were able to solve this issue though, which meant in the afternoon I could start working on myself and on the bike’s setup, both of us needing to adapt to this track. In general, I’m still not feeling totally comfortable on the bike; I need to think too much about what I’m doing while riding but we were able to make progress during the day and step by step we are also improving our lap times. P9 on day one, just a few tenths shy of the top five is not a bad start. We need to keep going like this".

WorldSBK 2022
Free Practice Round 03   Portugal

Free Practices Combined Results afer FP2

Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Razgatlioglu Toprak 1 TUR PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'36.290
2 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'36.463 0.173
3 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1'36.572 0.282
4 Rea Jonathan 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'36.595 0.305
5 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'37.189 0.899
6 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'37.201 0.911
7 Vierge Xavi 97 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'37.281 0.991
8 Baz Loris 76 FRA Bonovo Action BMW BMW 1'37.346 1.056
9 Lecuona Iker 7 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'37.375 1.085
10 Mahias Lucas 44 FRA Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 1'37.467 1.177
11 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'37.483 1.193
12 Redding Scott 45 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'37.487 1.197
13 Bassani Alex 47 ITA Motocorsa Racing Ducati 1'37.601 1.311
14 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE Bonovo Action BMW BMW 1'37.710 1.420
15 Öttl Philipp 5 GER Team GOELEVEN Ducati 1'37.713 1.423
16 Nozane Kohta 3 JPN GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1'37.765 1.475
17 Marvin Fritz 17 GER Yamaha MotoxRacing WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'38.286 1.996
18 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA Team Gil Motor Sport Yamaha 1'38.301 2.011
19 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 1'38.528 2.238
20 Syahrin Hafizh 35 MAL MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 1'38.776 2.486
21 Vinales Isaac 32 SPA Yamaha MotoxRacing WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'38.933 2.643
22 Vinales Isaac 32 SPA Yamaha MotoxRacing WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'39.023 2.733
23 Konig Oliver 52 CZE ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 1'40.292 4.002
24 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'43.916 7.626
Location Information

Circuito Estoril – Av. Alfredo César Torres 2646 – 901 Alcabideche – Portugal The Circuito Estoril, situated just 30km from the Portuguese capital city of Lisbon, will host the WorldSBK class, along with the FIM Supersport World Championship and the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship from the 16th –… read more.

LENGHT 4.182 Km


Pole Record 1'35.346 (157,901 Km/h) J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR - 2022)
Race Record 1'36.204 (156,49 Km/h) J. Rea - RC1 (Kawasaki ZX-10RR - 2022)
All Time Record 1'35.346 (157,901 Km/h) J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR - 2022)
2022 Race 1 Winner A. Bautista (Ducati)
2022 Superpole Race Winner J. Rea (Kawasaki)
2022 Race 2 Winner J. Rea (Kawasaki)