Team HRC Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge are all set for the third round of the 2022 Superbike World Championship scheduled to take place at the circuit of Estoril in Portugal this coming weekend.
The squad is keen to build on its strong performance at the Assen TT Circuit, a round at which it celebrated its first podium of the season with Lecuona, after the Spaniard crossed the line third in race 2. Almost one month on from that second round, Vierge has now fully recovered from earlier injury and is keen to follow in his team-mate’s footsteps and build on the results seen during the first two championship rounds.
This is only the third time Circuit Estoril has appeared on the WorldSBK calendar in recent times. Neither Lecuona nor Vierge have any previous experience of the track, which is considered rather a technical one and will therefore be a challenge in the challenge for the two rookies dealing with their new bike, in new category at a new track! The Circuito do Estoril measures 4182 metres in length and incorporates one of the longest straights on the calendar (almost 1km) as well as four left-hand turns and nine right-handers. It is located very close to the coastal town of Estoril and roughly 30 km from Lisbon.
The action gets underway on Friday at 10:30 local time, when Team HRC will compete in the opening free practice session, in preparation for the weekend’s races, which will play out on Saturday and Sunday as for the standard time schedule.
Weekend schedule (CET -1):
10.30 – 11.15 – SBK Free Practice 1
15.00 – 15.45 – SBK Free Practice 2
9.00 – 9.30 – SBK Free Practice 3
11.10 – 11.25 – Superpole
14.00 – SBK Race 1
9.00 – 9.15 – SBK Warm-up
11.00 – SBK Superpole race
14.00 – SBK Race 2