Team HRC is now on track at the Nevers Magny-Cours Circuit in France, competing in the seventh round of the 2022 Superbike World Championship with factory riders Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge.

A continuous alternation of rain, sun, cool air and rain again, in typical Magny-Cours style, made the Spanish duo’s first outing at the French track into something of an obstacle course.

The morning’s opening practice session allowed for just a couple of laps in the dry before the day’s first downpour arrived. As a result, many riders spent a prolonged period in the garage before completing just a handful of laps to assess the conditions. Vierge and Lecuona made eleven and ten laps respectively to place eighth and eleventh at the end of this first phase, with neither rider wanting to take any unnecessary risks so early in the weekend.

Unfortunately, the second session got underway on a fully wet track with rain still falling. This of course prevented almost the entire field from making any improvement on their earlier references, Lecuona and Vierge included, although teams were able to prepare in case conditions happen to be similarly unsettled for one or more of the weekend’s races. Xavi closed day one in eighth position overall, thanks to a time of 1’41.254 set this morning, while team-mate Iker was not far behind, a best of 1’42.605 seeing him place eleventh in the combined standings.

Xavi Vierge 97

P8

“Not the best day on which to return after the summer break or get to grips with a new track. I was able to complete just two laps in more or less dry conditions in this morning’s FP1 and then we had to spend the rest of the day working with a rain setup. We have quite a lot of work to do in this regard, as we haven’t had many opportunities to test in the rain. We made a few steps with the bike throughout the sessions, so we can say it’s been a constructive day, but we need more. Let’s see how the weather is tomorrow and, either way, we’ll try to be as ready as we can be for Race 1.”

Iker Lecuona 7

P11

“A tough day for us today. Firstly, because it’s not ideal to have to learn a new track in this kind of weather of course. We completed exactly one and a half laps in the dry today. This morning a deluge came just minutes after the green lights signaled the start of the session. After spending some time in the garage waiting for conditions to improve a little, we put in wet tyres and went out to try and get as much info as possible. But the feeling never really came, despite some progress on our final run. This afternoon, we again struggled to find good feeling in the wet and I can only imagine that it will be even tougher in the dry unless we come up with a useful setting solution. We’ll work hard on this of course and see what tomorrow brings.”

WorldSBK 2022
Free Practice Round 07   France

Free Practices Combined Results after FP2

Wet
Humidity
73%
Track Temp
21°C
Air Temp
18°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'39.107
2 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'39.377 0.270
3 Razgatlioglu Toprak 1 TUR PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'39.433 0.326
4 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'40.106 0.999
5 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'40.425 1.318
6 Bassani Axel 47 ITA Motocorsa Racing Ducati 1'40.745 1.638
7 Öttl Philipp 5 GER Team GOELEVEN Ducati 1'41.220 2.113
8 Vierge Xavi 97 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'41.254 2.147
9 Redding Scott 45 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'41.432 2.325
10 Bernardi Luca 29 ITA BARNI Spark Racing Team Ducati 1'42.056 2.949
11 Lecuona Iker 7 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'42.605 3.498
12 Nozane Kohta 3 JPN GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1'42.930 3.823
13 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'43.305 4.198
14 Gutierrez Oscar 99 SPA TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 1'44.107 5.000
15 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 1'44.687 5.580
16 Konig Oliver 52 CZE ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 1'45.761 6.654
17 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA Team Gil Motor Sport Yamaha 1'47.216 8.109
18 Tamburini Roberto 2 ITA Yamaha MotoxRacing WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'48.658 9.551
19 Rea Jonathan 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'49.379 10.272
20 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1'51.755 12.648
21 Mahias Lucas 44 FRA Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 1'52.587 13.480
22 Baz Loris 76 FRA Bonovo Action BMW BMW 1'52.893 13.786
23 Syahrin Hafizh 35 MAL MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 1'53.152 14.045
24 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE Bonovo Action BMW BMW 1'55.025 15.918
Location Information

Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours Technopole – 58470 Magny-Cours – France Magny Cours

POLE POSITION RIGHT
LENGTH 4.411 Km
CORNERS 17
RIGHT CORNERS 9
LEFT CORNERS 8

Records

Pole Record 1'35.683 (165,96 Km/h) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2021)
Race Record 1'36.374 (164,77 Km/h) J.Rea (SPRC) (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2021)
All Time Record 1'35.683 (165,96 Km/h) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2021)
2022 Race 1 Winner A. Bautista(Ducati)
2022 Superpole Race Winner T.Razgatlioglu (Yamaha YZF R1)
2022 Race 2 Winner T.Razgatlioglu (Yamaha YZF R1)