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.

Iker Lecuona 7

“It felt good to get back on my CBR after one month and two stints in MotoGP, and I’m very pleased that I was immediately fast after just a couple of laps, re-adapting my riding style to the Superbike quite quickly. The MotoGP feeling is definitely different of course, but useful as well, because I feel that I changed something in my style over the last couple of weeks that might also help me in SBK. In the end, every racing experience helps and allows you to keep learning and improving as a rider. As for this test, we consider it a very good session and we worked a lot even if conditions were difficult due to the wind. That prevented us from testing several things because it would have been hard to get a real feel for them with those gusts of wind. So, we mainly worked on the setup of the bike and on my riding position. We changed a few details here and there and made a step forward, I think. On day two, with less wind, we tested those modifications again in the morning and they again worked well, so that’s positive. A few new items also helped us to improve a little but when the wind picked up again after lunch on day 2, we decided to finish earlier. We nevertheless leave here in a good mood.”

Xavi Vierge 97

“I’m happy to be back riding my bike after the summer break, a short summer break in our case! The test has been good except for the weather conditions, which were tricky in terms of the wind. On the first morning the track was also a bit dirty, so we weren’t able to test so many new things. I mainly focused on myself and on making some adjustments to the bike setup for this track, which is one I struggled at last time I was here. It also took me some time to regain my feeling with the tyres on the back of my experience at Suzuka. So, the test has allowed me to gradually rebuild my confidence. We’ve focused on acceleration, one of our weak points, as this track is good for that kind of test because the grip is not the best. We gathered a great deal of information for the engineers to analyse and are ready for the second part of the season, when we will visit tracks that I think suit us better, so we’ll try to exploit that factor.”

Location Information

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

Pole Position Right
Length 5.077 Km
Corners 17
Right Corners 7
Left Corners 10


Pole Record 1'47.973 (169,276) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2023)
Race Record 1'49.028 (167,638 Km/h) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2023) SPRC
All Time Record 1'47.973 (169,276) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2023)
2023 Race 1 Winner M. Rinaldi (Ducati Panigale V4 R)
2023 Superpole Race Winner A. Bautista (Ducati Panigale V4 R)
2023 Race 2 Winner A. Bautista (Ducati Panigale V4 R)