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.
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