Team HRC has concluded its final winter test session at the Phillip Island Circuit in preparation for the inaugural round of the 2024 Superbike World Championship, taking place at the same Australian track on 23-25 February.

After a slow start following incidents for two riders during the first part of the morning’s session, factory riders Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge were gradually able to get into a rhythm and exploit the dry conditions as they worked to adapt their new-look CBR1000RR-R to the fast and flowing track.

Iker was making good progress until about an hour before the end of the morning’s session, when he suffered a fast crash at turn 11. Hitting the ground hard, the Spanish rider unfortunately injured his left shoulder (an acromioclavicular joint injury) and was therefore unable to continue with the day’s testing. Iker will be reassessed by the medical team prior to the race weekend.

Vierge was therefore the sole HRC representative during the afternoon session, during which he continued to work hard to optimize the bike setup, despite much warmer track conditions. The Team HRC riders and technicians will use today’s data and references to prepare for the first sessions of their 2024 WorldSBK campaign, which officially gets underway on Friday 23 February.

Xavi Vierge 97

“Luckily, we were able to complete the test by changing the schedule. We completed many laps, and I must say that the level of grip the new asphalt offers is amazing, which has helped us address some of our weaknesses. We've found a good setup for this track, and the feeling with the bike is positive right now. Our race pace isn't bad, though we’ve again struggled a bit with the soft tyres. While testing the '0' tyre this afternoon, I made a small mistake in the last corner and that really cost me. If we compare our feeling at this track to last year, we've improved, and although we haven't reached our ultimate goal yet, at least the feeling is positive. We have a couple more days to try to make further progress before the races. We're heading in the right direction anyway, and once the real action gets underway on Friday, we'll be able to better assess our position and build on it.”

Iker Lecuona 7

“As I’ve said before, the target is to try and find a way forward with the current base and fully exploit the bike’s performance, and so that’s what we set out to do today. At a certain point, we put in a new tyre and, after making a few modifications to the bike, things were feeling good, much better in fact. But then unfortunately I suffered quite an unexpected and fast crash mid-way through turn 11. I hit my left shoulder hard when I fell and I couldn’t continue riding during the afternoon. On Thursday afternoon, I will have another assessment with doctors at the medical centre to see whether I’m passed fit to compete this weekend. I want to apologise to the team because it’s not the start we wanted of course. It’s also frustrating because I really love competing at this track, but I will follow the doctors’ advice and do all I can to improve my physical condition.”

Location Information

The beautiful Phillip Island circuit on the Bass Straight, off the coast of Victoria in Australia, is one of the most iconic and exciting venues in world motorsport. WorldSBK™ first raced at Phillip Island in 1990, just after the first MotoGP™ visit in 1989. Phillip Island Circuit Back Beach Road,… read more.

LENGTH 4.445 Km


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