Team HRC is already in Argentina, at the San Juan Villicum circuit that will play host to round ten of the 2022 Superbike World Championship. With just three rounds to go, factory riders Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge are eager to discover what is another new track for them.
Last out at Portimão in Portugal almost two weeks ago, both riders showed real tenacity, even in the face of adversity in Lecuona’s case. Vierge scored three top ten finishes, demonstrating a certain consistency, while Lecuona had a little more trouble on Portuguese soil, working on setup and completing the first two races in eleventh and twelfth place before a crash ruled him out of the fight in the third race. Despite this, Iker refused to give up and got back on his bike to complete the race at the back of the field.
Although the Team HRC duo has never raced at San Juan before, they are both hopeful that, if they are able to quickly learn the new layout, they will be in a position to fight for the positions that count.
The San Juan Villicum facility is located in Western Argentina not far from the border with Chile. It first featured on the WorldSBK calendar in 2018, which was in fact the track’s inaugural event, having been completed earlier that year. The track measures 4.276 km and comprises seven right-hand corners and ten left-handers.