With the Aragón round having come to a close just a few days ago, Team HRC and factory riders Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge are already on site at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimão, Portugal, where they are preparing for the eleventh, and penultimate, round of the 2023 Superbike World Championship.
The latest Spanish event, a home round for both factory riders, brought consistent results for the duo, with Lecuona scoring a double sixth place finish on Sunday and Vierge a seventh and eighth place. Both are confident that they can build on that momentum as they head almost immediately into another race weekend. During last year’s edition of the Portuguese round, Xavi finished both the long races in eighth place, while Iker scored a best of eleventh in race 1.
Vierge currently places eighth in the championship standings and Lecuona thirteenth within twenty points of his team-mate. Both riders will be looking to maximise their points on Portuguese soil as they strive to improve their overall position in the classification.
Inaugurated in 2008, the circuit’s very first international event was in fact World Superbike. The track makes for exciting racing and is particularly appreciated by riders for its undulating layout. Measuring 4592 metres in length, the track is made up of 15 turns, nine right-handers and six left-handers. Located in the Algarve, almost 300 km south of Lisbon, the weather is often still very pleasant at this time of year.
Weekend schedule (CEST -1):
10.30 – 11.15 – SBK Free Practice 1
15.00 – 15.45 – SBK Free Practice 2
9.00 – 9.30 – SBK Free Practice 3
11.10 – 11.25 – Superpole
14.00 – SBK Race 1
9.00 – 9.15 – SBK Warm-up
11.00 – Superpole race
14.00 – SBK Race 2
Autódromo Internacional do Algarve Sitio do Escampadinho, Mexilhoeira Grande, 8500-148 Portimão, Portugal autodromodoalgarve.com
|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)|