Team HRC and factory riders Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge are competing in round 2 of the Superbike World Championship at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain.

During the weekend’s first free practice session, Vierge worked with the team to make several setup changes to his bike, recording a best of 1’42.266 and placing fifteenth by the end of this first 45-minute stage. On the other side of the garage, and despite feeling stronger day by day, Lecuona is not yet at his best following the shoulder injury he sustained during testing in Australia. In FP1 the Spaniard set a fastest time of 1’42.750 with which he positioned twentieth.

Back on track in warmer conditions for the second free practice, the majority of the SBK field found that grip was more of a problem than it had been for FP1. Xavi was unable to improve on his earlier time but worked with a view to the races, placing sixteenth overall thanks to his best time of the morning.

Despite the tricky conditions and his current level of fitness, Iker was able to shave off a couple of tenths in the final stages of this second session to set a 1’42.539. One of few riders to improve on his FP1 time, Lecuona placed nineteenth overall as Friday’s action came to a close.

The Team HRC riders will be back out tomorrow for Superpole and the first of the weekend’s 20-lap races.

Xavi Vierge 97

"After the test we completed here last week, we tried a setup change this morning, but we didn't like it very much. So, we reverted back and focused on maximizing what we have at the moment. For the second session, we fine-tuned things with the rear of the bike, and this change allowed me to be more consistent. We’re definitely not where we want to be, that’s clear, but at least we now have a consistent pace, which is going to be very important at this track in terms of saving the tyre until the end of the race. Temperatures changed from morning to afternoon, but it affected us less than expected. The grip wasn't good for us in the morning, but it didn't worsen in the afternoon, and so this is something we’ve improved compared to testing, where we struggled much more in the afternoon once temperatures increased. That wasn't the case today, so let's take this as a positive, although we still have a lot to work on, generally speaking."

Iker Lecuona 7

"In terms of my physical condition, I still feel fatigued due to the pain I continue to experience at certain moments and because I missed a month of my usual training. I’m really feeling the effects, and I'm well aware that I’ll struggle during tomorrow's race, especially in the second half. I'm prepared for the challenge though and will do it the best I can. As for the bike, I tried to approach my work with a cool, calm head, but I also felt very frustrated, especially this afternoon when nothing seemed to work as we wanted it to. I must say thanks to my team for being there for me during those moments. I know I can be fast at this track, as I always have been. But not being able to find a way to push as I would like and to be fast is very difficult to accept. I think we’re doing OK with regard to braking but overall, we are far behind. It's not easy, but all we can do is keep working and see if we can find something tomorrow."

WorldSBK 2024
Free Practice Round 02   Catalunya

Free Practices Combined Results

Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Bulega Nicolò 11 ITA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'40.907
2 Bautista Alvaro 1 SPA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'41.154 0.247
3 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'41.199 0.292
4 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'41.245 0.338
5 Rea Jonathan 65 GBR PATA PROMETEON YAMAHA Yamaha 1'41.400 0.493
6 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA PATA PROMETEON YAMAHA Yamaha 1'41.473 0.566
7 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Team GOELEVEN Ducati 1'41.497 0.590
8 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA BARNI Spark Racing Team Ducati 1'41.508 0.601
9 Lowes Sam 14 GBR ELF Marc VDS Racing Team Ducati 1'41.701 0.794
10 Gardner Remy 87 AUS GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'41.784 0.877
11 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA Bonovo Action BMW BMW 1'41.845 0.938
12 Aegerter Dominique 77 SWI GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'41.990 1.083
13 Bassani Axel 47 ITA Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'42.025 1.118
14 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'42.049 1.142
15 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA Motocorsa Racing Ducati 1'42.056 1.149
16 Vierge Xavi 97 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'42.266 1.359
17 Öttl Philipp 5 GER GMT94 Yamaha Yamaha 1'42.397 1.490
18 Redding Scott 45 GBR Bonovo Action BMW BMW 1'42.404 1.497
19 Lecuona Iker 7 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'42.539 1.632
20 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 1'42.647 1.740
21 Ray Bradley 28 GBR Yamaha MotoxRacing WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'43.161 2.254
22 Mackenzie Tarran 95 GBR PETRONAS MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 1'43.180 2.273
23 Norrodin Adam 27 MAL PETRONAS MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 1'44.280 3.373
Location Information

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

LENGHT 4.627 Km


Pole Record 1'39.489 (168,513 Km/h) T.Razgatlioglu (BMW M 1000 RR, 2024)
Race Record 1'40.955 (166,066 Km/h) N. Bulega (Ducati V4 R, 2024, SPRC)
All Time Record 1'39.489 (168,513 Km/h) T.Razgatlioglu (BMW M 1000 RR, 2024)
2024 Race 1 Winner T.Razgatlioglu (BMW M 1000 RR)
2024 Superpole Winner T.Razgatlioglu (BMW M 1000 RR)
2024 Race 2 Winner A. Bautista (Ducati V4 R)