Team HRC is at the Magny-Cours circuit in France where it is competing in the ninth WorldSBK round with factory riders Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge.
Team HRC is at the Magny-Cours circuit in France where it is competing in the ninth WorldSBK round with factory riders Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge. Today’s action included the Superpole qualifying session and the first of the weekend’s races, which ran in particularly hot conditions and saw Team HRC cross the line twelfth with Vierge and fourteenth with Lecuona.
Vierge was seen by doctors early this morning following a crash in yesterday’s FP2 and was passed fit to continue with the weekend. After a final brief practice that allowed the team to make some final adjustments to their bikes, Lecuona and Vierge were ready for the Superpole. Soon improving on their best times of the weekend so far, both riders made a pit-stop mid-session to put in qualifying tyres. The Team HRC duo returned to the track and finished the session with a best of 1’36.667 and 1’36.710 respectively, Iker and Xavi thus qualifying for the afternoon’s race in fourteenth and sixteenth position based on these results.
Race Direction subsequently decided to hand Vierge a three-position penalty for race 1 following apparent ‘slow riding’ during the Superpole. This meant that Iker started the afternoon’s race from the fifth row and Xavi from row seven. Race 1 got underway a few minutes late due to a technical problem with the safety car, but the Team HRC riders got away well when the lights eventually went out. Lying fourteenth and seventeenth into lap two, Lecuona and Vierge made up ground in the early stages to move into twelfth and thirteenth position respectively by lap six. The duo held firm until the final stages of the race when they found themselves battling it out against Baz. Fighting all the way to the line, Xavi ultimately rounded out the race in twelfth position, followed by Iker in fourteenth place.