Team HRC and riders Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge are all set for round six of the 2023 Superbike World Championship, which is about to get underway at Donington Park in the UK, after being kept busy with different activities following the Misano round.
Vierge flew to Japan to complete a Suzuka 8 Hours test, while Lecuona took part in last weekend’s Assen MotoGP round, standing in for the injured Joan Mir.
Last year’s edition brought challenges for the two riders, with Lecuona struggling with some arm pump and Vierge returning to action after a crash at the previous round. This time around, both are fully fit and are therefore confident that they will be able to do more with respect to their last outing at Donington.
The latest Misano round, which concluded a little over three weeks ago, brought some solid results for the Team HRC factory pair, with Vierge finishing top five in race 2 and Lecuona eighth in race 1. Iker had hoped for more come Sunday’s races but an accident in the Superpole race prevented him from starting race 2.
The Donington Park circuit in Leicestershire staged the very first WorldSBK race back in 1988 and has been a regular fixture on the production-derived calendar ever since. It has provided the backdrop for many exciting battles over the years. The oldest British track still in operation today, it was acquired by MSV in 2017 and continues to go from strength to strength. Currently measuring 4.023 km in length, it incorporates seven right-hand turns and five left-handers. In 2023 it has been completely resurfaced for the first time in more than 20 years.