With Iker Lecuona finishing tenth in Race 2, Team HRC concludes the seventh WorldSBK round at the Nevers Magny-Cours Circuit with an awareness that, for various reasons, the team was unable to exploit its potential at this track.
At 11am local time, the SBK riders lined up for the short 10-lap Superpole race. From thirteenth on the grid, Lecuona did not get away well and dropped back to seventeenth through turn one, while Vierge was in tenth by the end of the opening lap. Passing two riders on the subsequent lap, Xavi progressed to eighth, while Iker also gained a little ground, moving into fourteenth by lap three. Vierge unfortunately suffered a fall on lap four, allowing team-mate Lecuona to move into eleventh and then tenth place. Battling hard with his closest rivals through the final laps, the Spaniard concluded this sprint race in eleventh position.
The Team HRC duo started the afternoon’s second and final race from thirteenth and fourteenth once again. Lecuona was up into tenth through the first turns, with Vierge not far behind him, in fourteenth. Xavi worked hard to gradually close in on his team-mate, but his efforts were in vain, a crash on lap nine putting paid to his race. The Spaniard was unhurt, but unable to return to the track. Lecuona gave it his all in the second half of the race to secure final tenth position, scoring another handful of useful points as a result.
Lecuona now places ninth in the general standings with 140 points, Vierge tenth with a tally of 82. Team HRC will now prepare for the eighth Superbike World Championship round, which will take place over the weekend of 23-25 September at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit in Spain.