Almost six weeks since the last round in Indonesia, the 2023 Superbike World Championship prepares for round three, which will see teams and riders competing on European soil for the first time this year, at the historic TT Circuit Assen in The Netherlands.
Team HRC has made a strong start to the season with both Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge. The latter came away from Indonesia with a podium to his name, having powered his CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADE to an impressive third-place finish in race 2. And while Lecuona struggled with health problems at Mandalika, he was able to score a double sixth at the season-opener in Australia.
Both riders are keen to return to action in The Netherlands where Lecuona scored his first WorldSBK podium in 2022, when he finished third in race 2. An injured Vierge came away with a best result of ninth last year, but considering the results so far this season and the motivation with which he arrives in Europe, Xavi is confident that he can put in a strong performance at the TT Circuit this time around.
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 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
14.00 – SBK Race 2