Just over a week before the 2023 Superbike World Championship resumes at the Magny-Cours circuit in France, Team HRC has been busy testing at Motorland Aragón in Spain with factory riders Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge.
Although there has been no Superbike racing for a month, Vierge and Lecuona have had little time to rest, with Xavi competing in – and winning – the Suzuka 8 Hours as part of a three-rider team, and Iker taking part in both the British, Austrian and, this coming weekend, the Catalan MotoGP rounds as a substitute rider. Focused on the final WorldSBK rounds, Team HRC has made good use of this week’s track time in Spain, working hard to prepare its factory CBR1000RR-R for the upcoming events, which include a round at Aragón itself on 22-24 September.
Despite some strong winds affecting the session, the generally hot and sunny conditions allowed team and riders to complete a good part of the planned work. Having already tested at Motorland earlier in the year, both Iker and Xavi feel confident in their preparations for the races at this particular track and are also pleased with what has been achieved with a view to the remaining 2023 championship rounds.
Team HRC will be back on track for round nine of the WorldSBK championship, set to take place at Magny-Cours, France, over the weekend of 8-10 September.
The MotorLand Aragon road racing circuit was opened in 2009 and in 2011 it became the fifth Spanish track to host the WorldSBK™ Championship. MotorLand Aragón Ctra. TE- V- 7033 KM. 1. 44600 Alcañiz (Teruel) – Spain motorlandaragon.com
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