The 2022 Superbike World Championship resumes this weekend at the historic TT Circuit Assen in The Netherlands and Team HRC is determined to continue in a positive vein following a strong first outing at Motorland Aragón.
Factory riders Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge know the Dutch circuit very well, having raced there many times in the MotoGP and Moto2 classes but they will now need to reacquaint themselves with the track layout aboard the production-derived CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADE.
At the season-opener, which took place at the Aragón circuit in Spain ten days ago, Team HRC got off to a very encouraging start, scoring top ten finishes with both riders in all three of the weekend’s races. The points that Lecuona and Vierge scored in Spain see them place fifth and sixth in the general standings as they head into round 2.
The TT Circuit Assen, also known as the ‘cathedral’ of motorcycle racing, is located in the Drenthe province of The Netherlands. It has been the stage for motorcycle competition since the 1950s, while the Superbikes have been regular visitors since 1992. The track currently measures 4.542 km in length and comprises eighteen turns, twelve of which right-handers and six left.
Weekend schedule (CEST):
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 – Superpole race
15.15 – SBK Race 2