The sixth round of the Superbike World Championship is now underway at the Donington Park circuit in the UK. Team HRC riders Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge have completed the first free practice sessions of the weekend, which ran in damp conditions in the morning and on a wet track in the afternoon.

Free practice one got underway in very cloudy conditions and with rain falling in several sectors. Lecuona and Vierge did not waste any time in getting out on track and starting to work on their set-ups with their respective technicians. Rain fell intermittently throughout the session, but both riders gradually picked up the pace as they refamiliarized themselves with the British track. Iker finished with a best of 1’28.633 which saw him place tenth, followed by team-mate Xavi, seventeenth with a 1’29.671.

The afternoon’s second free practice also began in the rain, with almost all riders electing to remain in the pits. Unfortunately, conditions didn’t improve, which meant that the riders best references mainly remained those set during FP1. Lecuona therefore finished the day in eleventh position in the combined standings, Vierge seventeenth.

Team HRC will be back in action tomorrow, on track for the final free practice followed by Superpole and the first of the weekend’s three races.

Iker Lecuona 7


“It was a tricky day due to the weather conditions and I felt a little strange on the bike after last weekend’s MotoGP stint. It took me a few laps to adapt to the Superbike again this morning, and I also felt we needed to make an adjustment in terms of the bike’s balance. So even though we ran a solid FP1 in terms of lap times, we planned to make some setup changes for FP2. Unfortunately, though, we didn’t end up riding in the afternoon due to the rain, and so the work we had planned for that session is postponed until tomorrow. With any luck the weather will be better and we’ll be able to make the most of the final free practice as we prepare for Superpole and race 1.”

Xavi Vierge 97


“There’s not much to say about day one because conditions were mixed all day. Already in FP1 the rain started to fall after just two or three laps and so I didn’t want to push too much or cause the temperature of the rear tyre to drop. So I was unable to complete a constructive session despite really positive initial feeling, in that the confidence was there straight away. In FP2 it was already raining on lap one but not enough to make for a full wet session, so basically the session was not useful at all. The new asphalt seems great but, having said that, we’ll have work to do tomorrow in FP3 because we need to understand how to manage the tyre life on this new surface, so tomorrow morning will be crucial in order to prepare for race 1.”

WorldSBK 2023
Free Practice Round 06   United Kingdom

Free Practices Combined Results after FP2

Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rea Jonathan 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'27.627
2 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 0.012
3 Öttl Philipp 5 GER Team GOELEVEN Ducati 0.130
4 Bassani Axel 47 ITA Motocorsa Racing Ducati 0.154
5 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 0.230
6 Ray Bradley 28 GBR Yamaha MotoxRacing WorldSBK Team Yamaha 0.430
7 Sykes Tom 66 GBR ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 0.481
8 Bautista Alvaro 1 SPA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 0.516
9 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 0.925
10 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 0.944
11 Lecuona Iker 7 SPA Team HRC Honda 1.006
12 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA Bonovo Action BMW BMW 1.010
13 Redding Scott 45 GBR ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1.113
14 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA BARNI Spark Racing Team Ducati 1.149
15 Baz Loris 76 FRA Bonovo Action BMW BMW 1.300
16 Gardner Remy 87 AUS GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1.522
17 Vierge Xavi 97 SPA Team HRC Honda 2.044
18 Aegerter Dominique 77 SWI GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 2.414
19 Vinales Isaac 32 SPA TPR by Vinales Racing Kawasaki 2.497
20 Baldassarri Lorenzo 34 ITA GMT94 Yamaha Yamaha 2.662
21 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 3.059
22 Syahrin Hafizh 35 MAL PETRONAS MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 3.221
23 Granado Eric 51 BRA PETRONAS MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 3.539
24 Konig Oliver 52 CZE ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 3.549
Location Information

Donington Park Circuit Castle Donington, Derby, DE74 2RP, United Kingdom Donington Park

LENGHT 4.023 Km


Pole Record 1'26.080 (168,248 Km/h) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2022)
Race Record 1'25.896 (168,609 Km/h) A. Bautista (Ducati V4, SPRC, 2023)
All Time Record 1'25.896 (168,609 Km/h) A. Bautista (Ducati V4, SPRC, 2023)
2023 Race 1 Winner A. Bautista (Ducati V4)
2023 Superpole Race Winner T. Razgatlioglu (Yamaha YZF R1)
2023 Race 2 Winner A. Bautista (Ducati V4)