Team HRC and factory riders Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge are already on site at the Donington Park circuit in England, where round five of the 2022 Superbike World Championship will get underway on Friday.
Although Lecuona completed a brief test at the classic British track on 21 June, neither rider has any race experience at this particular circuit, and so the Spanish duo will be keen to make the most of the first free practice sessions as they get to grips with the rather tricky layout. Almost one month ago, Team HRC scored some very positive results during the fourth round of the championship at the Misano World Circuit in Italy. Lecuona finished both of Sunday’s races in fifth place, while Vierge crossed the line fourth in the Superpole race. Unfortunately, Xavi then was involved in a race incident during the second SBK race, sustaining hand fractures in the process. Having focused on his recovery since then, Xavi hopes to be able to compete without too many physical issues this weekend.
Located in the county of Leicestershire in England, the Donington Park circuit is an historic stage when it comes to WorldSBK, having hosted the production-derived championship’s very first race back in 1988 and many thrilling battles ever since. Today, the track measures 4.023 km in length and features seven right-hand turns and five left-handers. It is the oldest British track still in operation today.