Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge spend the first two practice sessions working on race pace in preparation for their first ever three-race weekend in what is a WorldSBK debut appearance for them both.

After a long winter of preparation and pre-season tests, the 2022 Superbike World Championship finally gets underway for Team HRC and ‘rookie’ riders Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge at the Motorland Aragón facility in Spain.

The very first practice session of the season got going at 10.30 am CET in dry conditions (air 16°C, track 23°C). Both Lecuona and Vierge were straight out on track with their CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADES, focusing on race pace so as to prepare for tomorrow’s first race. The team made the most of their track time and, by the end of this initial 45-minute phase, Lecuona had set a best of 1’50.540, Vierge a 1’50.867, the Team HRC riders thus placing ninth and twelfth respectively.

Later in the afternoon, both riders continued to work in the same direction, each completing a long run. At the end of day one of SBK action, Lecuona lies tenth in the combined standings thanks to the time he set in the morning session, while Vierge was able to shave a tenth off his earlier time during FP2 to close with a 1’50.787, with which he positions thirteenth overall.

Iker Lecuona 7

P10 1'50.540

“I’m pleased with the work we’ve done today. This morning we basically worked with the hard tyre before putting in the soft, with which we improved our lap time, not by a huge amount because we are still a bit far off, but we saw some progression. Then, in the afternoon, conditions were a bit different, windier, but we kept working to prepare for the race, making a long run of 15 laps in which we were very constant. We are a few tenths short, that’s clear, but we’ve had a constructive day and now have a lot of data to look at in order to try and build on our speed tomorrow.”

Xavi Vierge 97

P13 1'50.787

“I’m happy with our first day. It was important to recover as soon as possible and as well as possible in the days following my injury and I’m pleased to say that I’m already feeling better today than I did during testing earlier this week. I also think we made a step forward in terms of our consistency as, during the test, I couldn’t make more than two or three laps, while today we already did a long run of eleven, so this is really important looking ahead to tomorrow. We’ll now analyse all the data to see where we can improve a little more, but considering my physical condition, I think we are doing a good job.”

WorldSBK 2022
Free Practice Round 01   Aragon

Free Practices Combined Results after FP2

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rea Jonathan 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'49.301
2 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'49.606 / 0.305
3 Razgatlioglu Toprak 1 TUR PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'49.665 / 0.364
4 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1'49.900 / 0.599
5 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'50.000 / 0.699
6 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'50.010 / 0.709
7 Baz Loris 76 FRA Bonovo Action BMW BMW 1'50.336 / 1.035
8 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'50.442 / 1.141
9 Tamburini Roberto 2 ITA Yamaha MotoxRacing WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'50.501 / 1.200
10 Lecuona Iker 7 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'50.540 / 1.239
11 Öttl Philipp 5 GER Team GOELEVEN Ducati 1'50.641 / 1.340
12 Mykhalchyk Illia 37 UKR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'50.706 / 1.405
13 Vierge Xavi 97 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'50.787 / 1.486
14 Bassani Alex 47 ITA Motocorsa Racing Ducati 1'50.856 / 1.555
15 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE Bonovo Action BMW BMW 1'50.945 / 1.644
16 Redding Scott 45 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'51.108 / 1.807
17 Mahias Lucas 44 FRA Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 1'51.115 / 1.814
18 Nozane Kohta 3 JPN GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1'51.118 / 1.817
19 Bernardi Luca 29 ITA BARNI Spark Racing Team Ducati 1'51.329 / 2.028
20 Ruiu Gabriele 16 ITA B-Max Racing Team BMW 1'52.077 / 2.776
21 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA Team Gil Motor Sport Yamaha 1'52.794 / 3.493
22 Konig Oliver 52 CZE ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 1'52.981 / 3.680
23 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 1'53.143 / 3.842
24 Syahrin Hafizh 35 MAL MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 1'53.247 / 3.946
25 Cresson Loris 84 BEL TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 1'53.885 / 4.584
Location Information

The MotorLand Aragon road racing circuit was opened in 2009 and in 2011 it became the fifth Spanish track to host the WorldSBK™ Championship. MotorLand Aragón Ctra. TE- V- 7033 KM. 1. 44600 Alcañiz (Teruel) – Spain motorlandaragon.com

Pole Position Right
Length 5.077 Km
Corners 17
Right Corners 7
Left Corners 10


Pole Record 1'47.973 (169,276) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2023)
Race Record 1'49.028 (167,638 Km/h) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2023) SPRC
All Time Record 1'47.973 (169,276) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2023)
2023 Race 1 Winner M. Rinaldi (Ducati Panigale V4 R)
2023 Superpole Race Winner A. Bautista (Ducati Panigale V4 R)
2023 Race 2 Winner A. Bautista (Ducati Panigale V4 R)