Team HRC and rider Iker Lecuona today celebrated their first WorldSBK podium of the 2022 season, the Spaniard crossing the line third in the final race of the weekend at the Assen TT Circuit in The Netherlands. Xavi Vierge finished another determined race 2 in the top nine and looks forward to returning to full fitness so as to exploit his full potential.

The morning’s Tissot Superpole race got off to a slightly delayed start after a rider had a problem on the grid. The race was therefore reduced to just nine laps and ran in dry conditions (air 13°C, track 21°C). Based on yesterday’s Superpole results, Lecuona lined up in eighth on the grid and Vierge from fourteenth. While Lecuona held his starting position through the first corners, Vierge made up five places off the line to place just behind his team-mate in ninth. Iker soon gained a position to move into seventh place, while Xavi dropped back a little, lying eleventh. Lecuona battled Rinaldi for sixth in the final stages, passing him on the penultimate lap and making up yet another position on the last lap to cross the line a gutsy fifth. Vierge was unable to keep pace with the group immediately ahead of him through the final laps, finishing the sprint race in twelfth place.

The third and final race of the weekend also ran in mild conditions. Thanks to his Superpole race result, Lecuona lined up fifth on the grid for this last 21-lap race, and Vierge fourteenth. Both Team HRC riders made a strong start, Iker lying fourth through the first turns and Vierge ninth. Xavi battled with Mahias and then Van der Mark as the small group pushed for eighth position. Unable to make further progress considering the gap that had opened up in front of them, Vierge ultimately crossed the line ninth, nevertheless scoring a handful of important championship points.

Lecuona held fifth position until lap five when an incident involving Rea and Razgatlioglu saw the Team HRC rider benefit and move temporarily into the lead. Soon passed by Bautista, Lecuona did well to hold second until the final stages when Locatelli moved in front of him, meaning that the Spaniard scored a very well-deserved third place finish. This result marks Lecuona’s first ever WorldSBK podium and is also the first top three result for Team HRC this season.

After the first two championship rounds, Lecuona holds fifth place in the championship standings with 50 points, while Vierge lies eighth with a tally of 30. There is now almost a month’s break before the third WorldSBK round, which will take place at the Estoril circuit in Portugal over the weekend of 20-22 May.

Iker Lecuona 7

SPR P5 Race 2 P3

“I’m really, really happy. I felt very fast, very good all weekend with the bike but have had some ups and downs, scoring P2 in FP1 but then also suffering two crashes, so I perhaps wasn’t expecting the podium but maybe top five or so. We got that in Race 1 and then today, in the Superpole race, I felt very comfortable and closer to the top guys. So before race 2 I thought, OK, it’s time to attack. Starting from the second row, I knew that if I used the tyres a bit more in the first laps, I could stay closer to the front guys and try to break away with them. Then, when I saw Toprak and Rea crash, I knew I had an opportunity to fight for the podium. Alvaro was very fast, and I couldn’t stick with him for long, but I was able to maintain a small gap to Locatelli for many laps. By the final stages, my rear tyre was finished, and he passed me, but third place is just fine. I was very happy to bring my Honda to the podium. I must say thank you to the team for the great job they’ve done here, so a big thanks to them, to my manager and to my family, who always support me so well. We have the potential, but we need more time, so we need to stay focused and keep working with our feet on the ground. We may face some tracks that are less favourable to us, so our target is to keep working hard, step by step and see what will happen.”

Xavi Vierge 97

SPR P12 Race 2 P9

“First of all, congratulations to my team-mate Iker and to the team because they’ve had an amazing weekend. I’m really happy for them and I think that these results also serve to motivate me. On my side, I think we once again “saved” the weekend because even though I expected to be in a better physical condition before arriving here, we realized right from FP1 that I was going to suffer. Looking at the positives, I completed all three races and collected some points. Now it will be extremely important over the next three weeks we have before Estoril to return to my normal life and start to train properly so that I can arrive in Portugal fully fit and fight to get where we want to be.”

WorldSBK 2022
Race Round 02   Netherlands

Results Tissot Superpole Race (9 Laps)

Sunny
Humidity
53%
Track Temp
21°C
Air Temp
13°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rea Jonathan 65 GBR 12 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 14'10.648
2 Razgatlioglu Toprak 1 TUR 9 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 0.267
3 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 7 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 0.300
4 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA 6 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 6.959
5 Lecuona Iker 7 SPA 5 Team HRC Honda 11.997
6 Baz Loris 76 FRA 4 Bonovo Action BMW BMW 12.953
7 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA 3 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 13.410
8 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 2 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 13.512
9 Bassani Alex 47 ITA 1 Motocorsa Racing Ducati 13.567
10 Öttl Philipp 5 GER 0 Team GOELEVEN Ducati 13.871
11 Redding Scott 45 GBR 0 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 14.239
12 Vierge Xavi 97 SPA 0 Team HRC Honda 16.491
13 Mahias Lucas 44 FRA 0 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 16.800
14 Nozane Kohta 3 JPN 0 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 18.989
15 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 0 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 20.625
16 Tamburini Roberto 2 ITA 0 Yamaha MotoxRacing WorldSBK Team Yamaha 21.463
17 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 0 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 23.762
18 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG 0 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 23.998
19 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA 0 Team Gil Motor Sport Yamaha 24.207
20 Bernardi Luca 29 ITA 0 BARNI Spark Racing Team Ducati 25.949
21 Ruiu Gabriele 16 ITA 0 B-Max Racing Team BMW 33.209
22 Syahrin Hafizh 35 MAL 0 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 33.519
23 Konig Oliver 52 CZE 0 ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 33.717
24 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 0 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1 Lap
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Race Round 02   Netherlands

Results Race 2

Sunny
Humidity
49%
Track Temp
36°C
Air Temp
20°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 25 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 33'20.602
2 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA 20 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 8.770
3 Lecuona Iker 7 SPA 16 Team HRC Honda 11.580
4 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 13 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 13.329
5 Redding Scott 45 GBR 11 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 14.672
6 Bassani Alex 47 ITA 10 Motocorsa Racing Ducati 17.490
7 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 9 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 23.374
8 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 8 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 28.511
9 Vierge Xavi 97 SPA 7 Team HRC Honda 29.067
10 Mahias Lucas 44 FRA 6 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 29.434
11 Tamburini Roberto 2 ITA 5 Yamaha MotoxRacing WorldSBK Team Yamaha 36.810
12 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA 4 Team Gil Motor Sport Yamaha 36.814
13 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 3 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 37.000
14 Bernardi Luca 29 ITA 2 BARNI Spark Racing Team Ducati 38.862
15 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG 1 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 41.674
16 Ruiu Gabriele 16 ITA 0 B-Max Racing Team BMW 51.252
17 Syahrin Hafizh 35 MAL 0 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 51.382
18 Konig Oliver 52 CZE 0 ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 1'10.088
19 Razgatlioglu Toprak 1 TUR 0 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 16 Laps
20 Rea Jonathan 65 GBR 0 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 16 Laps
21 Öttl Philipp 5 GER 0 Team GOELEVEN Ducati 20 Laps
22 Baz Loris 76 FRA 0 Bonovo Action BMW BMW 20 Laps
23 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA 0 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 20 Laps
24 Nozane Kohta 3 JPN DNF GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha
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Rider standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 109 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati
2 Rea Jonathan 65 GBR 91 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki
3 Razgatlioglu Toprak 1 TUR 64 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha
4 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA 55 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha
5 Lecuona Iker 7 SPA 50 Team HRC Honda
6 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 43 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati
7 Bassani Alex 47 ITA 30 Motocorsa Racing Ducati
8 Vierge Xavi 97 SPA 30 Team HRC Honda
9 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 28 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki
10 Baz Loris 76 FRA 28 Bonovo Action BMW BMW
11 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA 25 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha
12 Redding Scott 45 GBR 19 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW
13 Öttl Philipp 5 GER 15 Team GOELEVEN Ducati
14 Mahias Lucas 44 FRA 14 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki
15 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 11 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW
16 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 10 Bonovo Action BMW BMW
17 Mykhalchyk Illia 37 UKR 9 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW
18 Tamburini Roberto 2 ITA 9 Yamaha MotoxRacing WorldSBK Team Yamaha
19 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA 8 Team Gil Motor Sport Yamaha
20 Bernardi Luca 29 ITA 6 BARNI Spark Racing Team Ducati
21 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 3 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki
22 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG 1 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda
23 Nozane Kohta 3 JPN 0 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha
24 Ruiu Gabriele 16 ITA 0 B-Max Racing Team BMW
25 Syahrin Hafizh 35 MAL 0 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda
26 Konig Oliver 52 CZE 0 ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki
27 Cresson Loris 84 BEL 0 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki
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

Records

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)
2022 Race 1 Winner J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR)
2022 Superpole Race Winner J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR)
2022 Race 2 Winner A. Bautista (Ducati V4)