Spain’s Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya has hosted Team HRC, along with most of the other WorldSBK teams, during a two-day test session that comes just a week prior to the second Superbike World Championship round, which will be staged at the same Spanish track.

In mainly dry conditions, factory riders Xavi Vierge and Iker Lecuona were on track across both Thursday and Friday, as the team continues to develop the 2024 version of the CBR1000RR-R, building on the recent work completed during the tests and races at Phillip Island, Australia.

After sustaining a shoulder injury in the first Australian round, Lecuona used this test to assess his physical condition. The Spaniard opted to ride on Thursday morning and then completed more laps on Friday in preparation for the upcoming races. Although not yet at full strength, Iker will continue to focus on his recovery in the coming days to ensure he is in the best possible shape for the race weekend ahead.

Vierge meanwhile made use of the full two days, focusing on refining his Fireblade’s base set-up with a view to next week’s races. His work was supported by that of test rider Tetsuta Nagashima, who was also in attendance for these tests. A lot of work has been done on both sides of the garage, and Team HRC will now prepare for round 2 of the 2024 Superbike World Championship, taking place at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya over the weekend of 22-24 March.

Xavi Vierge 97

“We’ve been able to complete our work plan for these tests, while making adjustments along the way of course. The feeling with the bike wasn’t so bad when we started on Thursday but when we made a set-up change later that day, to try and improve the drive, this unfortunately caused my feeling to diminish. The work continued on Friday though, when we made a lot of laps and tested some new parts, particularly concerning the electronics, the engine brake area, and the swing-arm. Even though we haven't yet realized all the benefits we were hoping for, the test has given us indications of the direction to follow. We now have a lot of data to analyse in order to find the best possible base for the race weekend. I want to thank the team for all their hard work here and also Honda and HRC - everyone is working tirelessly in Japan to bring us new items and improve our machine, so a big thank you to everyone. Let's keep pushing forward.”

Iker Lecuona 7

"This is the first time I’ve ridden the bike since Australia, and back home I haven’t been able to train as I normally would, nor have I been able to do any gym work. So, that’s the current situation. I’m doing my best, but I need to take things slowly. I’m listening to the physios and doctors. That's why, on Thursday, I chose to ride only in the morning before visiting the physio in Barcelona in the afternoon. The shoulder felt a bit better than I expected on Friday morning, so once the track conditions improved a little after early rain, I went out and rode most of the day. I didn’t feel too bad on the bike though of course there’s some fatigue at the end of the day. We tested everything we wanted to, and now it’s time to check the data and understand what’s worked and what hasn’t. It’s clear that we still need to work on all areas of the bikes rather than on any one specific aspect. Grip will be an issue for next week’s races, for everybody I think, so we need to find something there. The bike normally works well here but we’ll have to see next week what conditions are like, and how I am doing physically".

Location Information

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya Carrer Mas Moreneta, 08160 Montmeló, Barcelona, Spain Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

LENGHT 4.627 Km


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