WorldSBK 2023
Round 10

Vierge and Lecuona looking for more at Aragón home round

es MotorLand Aragón

The 2023 Superbike World Championship is at the Motorland Aragón circuit in Spain this weekend for the tenth of twelve rounds. This is essentially a home round for Team HRC and local heroes Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge, all of whom will be looking to do their very best on home soil.

Vierge and Lecuona looking for more at Aragón home round

In 2022 Lecuona and Vierge placed sixth and seventh in race 1 at Motorland and look forward to this year’s edition, not least because the team has tested at Aragón on more than one occasion this season, in March and August. The aim is to harness all of the data previously collated in order to hit the ground running come Friday.

At the latest championship round, held at Magny-Cours in France less than two weeks ago, the riders battled their rivals in uncharacteristically hot conditions, which made for a particularly slippery track. The duo are hoping for a less complicated race weekend in Spain.

Inaugurated in 2009 and designed by German architect Hermann Tilke, the Motorland Aragón facility is located in Alcañiz, part of Spain’s autonomous community of Aragón. Situated approximately 250 km from Barcelona, the circuit has hosted WorldSBK on a regular basis since 2011. 5077 metres in length, the track features seven right-hand turns and ten left-handers.

Weekend schedule (CEST – Central Europe Summer Time):


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

Xavi Vierge
Xavi Vierge 97
Team HRC
Aragón is another home round, and a track where we had a fruitful testing session just a few weeks ago. We completed many laps and tried a lot of different things also in terms of set-up so part of the work is done ahead of the racing weekend. Now we just need to try and obtain all that we can from what we have, while on my side I’ll also be focusing on myself and my riding style. I’ve been training as usual since Magny Cours and have fully recovered from the hard crash I suffered in France, so I feel ready to begin and do my very best at Aragón.

Iker Lecuona
Iker Lecuona 7
Team HRC
We have been to Aragón recently for some test sessions, which went quite well despite being affected by strong winds. I was happy with the way we worked there and, as well as testing some new items, we focused a little on the base set-up of the bike so hopefully that will help us to start the weekend on the right foot. We have the potential to do well enough at Aragón and be there in the second group but I prefer to wait and see, keeping my feet on the ground.

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