The third round of the 2023 Superbike World Championship is now in play at the Assen TT Circuit in The Netherlands, with Team HRC riders Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge putting in a solid performance during Friday’s practice sessions, the aggregate results of which saw fifteen riders close within a second of each other.

The weekend’s first practice ran according to schedule this morning in cool but dry conditions. The two Team HRC riders eagerly got to work with their technicians, adapting the set-up of their CBR1000RR-R machines to the tricky Dutch track. This first phase threw up a few small challenges that the duo worked hard to resolve together with their respective teams. By the end of FP1, Iker was lying twelfth having set a best of 1’35.721 and Xavi sixteenth with a 1’35.984.

Later in the day, the riders were back out for FP2 where they focused predominantly on race pace. Lecuona was quick to improve on his earlier lap time, shaving off six tenths in all over the course of the 45-minute session. With a best of 1’35.153, set in the final minutes of this second practice, Iker placed thirteenth overall as day one came to a close. Vierge closed immediately behind his team-mate, in fourteenth position in the aggregate standings, having recorded a fastest time of 1’35.273 in the closing stages of free practice 2. Despite the overall positions on Friday, both Lecuona and Vierge have laid a solid base in preparation for tomorrow’s action.

Iker Lecuona 7


“It was not the easiest first day of a race weekend, considering our expectations here at Assen. This morning we had an issue with the handbrake, nothing major but still costly in terms of the time it took to sort out, 20 minutes at least, which affected our FP1 work plan. We made some big changes to our bike setup for FP2 and my feeling on the bike started to improve little by little, though not enough yet. We are around eight tenths from the front, and though it’s true that the times are all super close today, our target is to fight for the podium. So eight tenths are still too much even if, to be honest, we are just three tenths from the top five. That's why we need to stay focused and work to check all the data and make a plan that can allow us to make a step during tomorrow’s FP3.”

Xavi Vierge 97


“We are finally back in action and it’s been a positive first day. We have a new rear tyre for the race that we didn’t have last year, and it was important to make some comparisons so that we make the best choice for the races. I think we worked well in this regard. We also came here with a plan B and C, ready for every situation we might encounter, and our race pace was not bad today. I think we are in a better situation than it might appear from the timesheets, also considering that this is one of the most demanding tracks on the calendar for me. Everybody is very close in terms of lap times so it will be important to be consistent in terms of race pace, which is one of our strong points. Having said that, we will analyse today’s data to try and make another step tomorrow and close the gap a little more.”

WorldSBK 2023
Free Practice Round 03   Netherlands

Free Practices Combined Results after FP2

Track Temp
Air Temp
Track Cond
hard packed
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Bautista Alvaro 1 SPA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'34.316
2 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'34.547 0.231
3 Rea Jonathan 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'34.573 0.257
4 Aegerter Dominique 77 SWI GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'34.600 0.284
5 Gardner Remy 87 AUS GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'34.713 0.397
6 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'34.911 0.595
7 Bassani Axel 47 ITA Motocorsa Racing Ducati 1'34.948 0.632
8 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'34.966 0.650
9 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA Bonovo Action BMW BMW 1'35.024 0.708
10 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'35.103 0.787
11 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA BARNI Spark Racing Team Ducati 1'35.106 0.790
12 Redding Scott 45 GBR ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'35.141 0.825
13 Lecuona Iker 7 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'35.153 0.837
14 Vierge Xavi 97 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'35.273 0.957
15 Öttl Philipp 5 GER Team GOELEVEN Ducati 1'35.279 0.963
16 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'35.517 1.201
17 Ray Bradley 28 GBR Yamaha MotoxRacing WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'35.892 1.576
18 Baz Loris 76 FRA Bonovo Action BMW BMW 1'36.113 1.797
19 Granado Eric 51 BRA PETRONAS MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 1'36.123 1.807
20 Baldassarri Lorenzo 34 ITA GMT94 Yamaha Yamaha 1'36.127 1.811
21 Syahrin Hafizh 35 MAL PETRONAS MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 1'36.307 1.991
22 Sykes Tom 66 GBR Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 1'36.547 2.231
23 Ruiu Gabriele ITA 1'36.826 2.510
24 Konig Oliver 52 CZE ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 1'36.839 2.523
25 Vinales Isaac SPA 1'37.010 2.694
Location Information

“The Cathedral” of motorcycle racing as it is known colloquially, the TT Circuit Assen has been hosting WorldSBK races since 1992, and celebrated its 25thanniversary as a Superbike venue in 2016. TT Circuit Assen

Pole Position Left
Length 4.542 Km
Corners 18
Right Corners 12
Left Corners 6


Pole Record 1'32.934 (175,944 Km/h) T.Razgatlioglu (Yamaha YZF R1, 2022)
Race Record 1'33.620 (174,65 Km/h) A. Bautista (Ducati V4, 2022 SPR)
All Time Record 1'32.934 (174,87 Km/h) T.Razgatlioglu (Yamaha YZF R1, 2022)
2023 Race 1 Winner A. Bautista (Ducati V4)
2023 Superpole Race Winner A. Bautista (Ducati V4)
2023 Race 2 Winner A. Bautista (Ducati V4)