The 2022 Superbike World Championship moves on to Italy, and the Misano Circuit, which will host round 4 of the production-derived series this coming weekend. Team HRC is eager to get started, particularly considering its recent performance during round 3.

At the last Estoril round, Lecuona again showed to be more than comfortable aboard the CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADE, completing all three of the weekend’s races inside the top six. Vierge was also able to score a strong top five finish in race 1, his best result of the season to date.

Following a trip to Japan last week, where they were able to discover the historic Suzuka Circuit and visit the HRC headquarters to meet their Honda colleagues who work relentlessly to achieve the same common target, Lecuona and Vierge are now keen to build on their points tally and maintain the recent upswing.

Now known as the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, the track was officially inaugurated in 1972 and first featured on the WorldSBK calendar back in 1991. Located on the Rimini Riviera, it has become a classic venue for the production-derived series, the event regularly taking place during the summer tourist season. The track measures 4226 metres in length and incorporates 10 right-hand turns and 6 left-handers.

Iker Lecuona 7

“We head to Misano after a great week in Japan where we enjoyed meeting Honda Super GT Drivers during the Suzuka round of the series, before having the chance to get in the saddle and experience that amazing track for ourselves. We were also able to visit the HRC headquarters in Saitama and meet all our colleagues working behind the scenes, something that gave us a real boost and positive vibes. Each time we head out on track, we work to improve the bike, the base, my feeling, the feedback, and each weekend we’ve got gradually closer to the front, improved our pace and are fighting more consistently. So the target remains the same as ever, we’ll work step by step again this time around and see what we can do. This is our first visit to Misano with the CBR, but I like the track and am looking forward to getting back to work.”

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“I know the Misano track very well and really like racing there. I love the layout and have some good memories from previous years of competition, so I can’t wait to get there and discover it all over again with the Superbike and see where we can arrive this time. We are working very well as a team and we felt just what it’s like to be part of the Honda family last week, as we visited the HRC factory in Japan. I really enjoyed our days there, which included a visit to a Super GT round where we met the Honda teams racing in the series and of course the pleasure of exploring the iconic Suzuka track during the subsequent test. Now that we’re back in Europe, I hope we can work well in Misano right from Friday and obtain some good results.”

WorldSBK 2022

Rider standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 161 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati
2 Rea Jonathan 65 GBR 144 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki
3 Razgatlioglu Toprak 1 TUR 109 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha
4 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA 84 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha
5 Lecuona Iker 7 SPA 76 Team HRC Honda
6 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 60 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati
7 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 54 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki
8 Vierge Xavi 97 SPA 48 Team HRC Honda
9 Bassani Alex 47 ITA 43 Motocorsa Racing Ducati
10 Baz Loris 76 FRA 38 Bonovo Action BMW BMW
11 Redding Scott 45 GBR 35 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW
12 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA 25 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha
13 Öttl Philipp 5 GER 15 Team GOELEVEN Ducati
14 Mahias Lucas 44 FRA 14 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki
15 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 13 Bonovo Action BMW BMW
16 Fores Xavi 15 SPA 12 Team GOELEVEN Ducati
17 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 11 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW
18 Bernardi Luca 29 ITA 10 BARNI Spark Racing Team Ducati
19 Mykhalchyk Illia 37 UKR 9 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW
20 Tamburini Roberto 2 ITA 9 Yamaha MotoxRacing WorldSBK Team Yamaha
21 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA 8 Team Gil Motor Sport Yamaha
22 Nozane Kohta 3 JPN 5 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha
23 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 3 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki
24 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG 1 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda
25 Vinales Isaac 32 SPA 0 Yamaha MotoxRacing WorldSBK Team Yamaha
26 Marvin Fritz 17 GER 0 Yamaha MotoxRacing WorldSBK Team Yamaha
27 Ruiu Gabriele 16 ITA 0 B-Max Racing Team BMW
28 Syahrin Hafizh 35 MAL 0 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda
29 Konig Oliver 52 CZE 0 ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki
30 Cresson Loris 84 BEL 0 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki
Location Information

Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” Via Daijiro Kato, 10 47843 Misano Adriatico (RN) – Italy

LENGTH 4.226 Km


Pole Record 1'33.017 (163,557 Km/h) A. Bautista (Ducati V4 R, 2023)
Race Record (SPRC) 1'33.174 (163,282 Km/h) T. Razgatlioglu (Yamaha YZF R1, 2023 SPRC)
All Time Record 1'33.017 (163,557 Km/h) A. Bautista (Ducati V4 R, 2023)
2023 Race 1 Winner A. Bautista (Ducati Panigale V4 R )
2023 Superpole Race Winner A. Bautista (Ducati Panigale V4 R )
2023 Race 2 Winner A. Bautista (Ducati Panigale V4 R )