A useful albeit wet last test of the year for Team HRC at Jerez
Team HRC was on track from Tuesday 13 to Thursday 15 December for a three-day test at Jerez de la Frontera in Spain, the final sessions of the season for the team and an opportunity for Iker Lecuona to return to action.
Lecuona and teammate Xavi Vierge alternated their riding responsibilities, each on track during two of the three days. The entire test was unfortunately compromised by rain although the conditions were not cold, with temperatures of around 15°-18°C.
Despite the unfavourable conditions, both riders worked with their teams to build experience in the wet, considering that the duo had limited opportunity to ride in the rain during the 2022 season. The original plan had been to work on engine setup and bike geometry and test some electronic updates, as well as some brake and suspension updates from Nissin and Showa, but of course the weather conditions rather limited the possibility to complete the full work schedule. The team nevertheless deemed the sessions useful, with riders and technicians alike able to gain a better understanding of certain aspects of bike behaviour on the wet asphalt.
Now it is time for the team and riders to enjoy a well-deserved break, so that they can recharge their batteries before returning to the track for the first test sessions of the new year towards the end of January.