Team HRC has been back at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal this week for another WorldSBK test with factory riders Xavi Vierge and Iker Lecuona.
The team continued to work to identify a base set-up for the new CBR1000RR-R, just as it did during last week’s tests at Jerez in Spain. The Portimão track is dramatically different to Jerez, which allowed the team to carry out tests in different conditions, and again in dry weather.
Working methodically with their technicians to make a series of systematic adjustments to the setup of the new CBR1000RR-R throughout Monday and Tuesday, Vierge and Lecuona focused on understanding the behaviour of the bike and working to improve the level of traction around the undulating Portimão circuit. The data collated will be useful not only for the races that will be held at this track in the summer, but more importantly for the first races of the year, as the team looks for that all-important base set-up that can serve in different situations.
This was the last European test for Team HRC, with the squad now preparing to travel to Australia mid-February, ready for the final pre-season tests, set to take place at the Phillip Island circuit on 19-20 February immediately prior to the 2024 WorldSBK season-opener, to be staged at the same Australian track on 23-25 February.