Just three days after concluding the penultimate Superbike World Championship round in Indonesia, Team HRC is now on site in Australia, at the Phillip Island track, where the 2022 season finale is set to play out this coming weekend.
HRC official test rider Tetsuta Nagashima will replace Iker Lecuona who is unfortunately unable to compete in the last of the year’s races having sustained injury during the latest Mandalika round. The young factory rider is already in Spain, a few weeks of rest the primary course of treatment recommended for him as a recovery plan to full fitness.
It will not be the first time that the latest Suzuka 8 Hours winner joins the WorldSBK Team HRC, as earlier this year, in June, the Japanese rider took part in a two day testing session at Misano alongside Iker Lecuona, while Xavi Vierge was recovering from a hand injury.
The recent Indonesian WorldSBK round saw Xavi Vierge work hard throughout the weekend and score three top ten finishes, with a best of sixth in race 1. Vierge hopes to add to his total points tally and secure a top ten finish in the championship standings before attentions turn to preparation for the 2023 season.
The Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit is located in the Australian state of Victoria. Lying roughly 140km south of Melbourne, the facility was officially inaugurated in 1956. Arguably one of the most spectacular tracks on the calendar, its coastal location makes for a unique backdrop. The 4.445km track comprises twelve turns – 7 left-hand corners and 5 right-handers – and an 835-metre start/finish straight. WorldSBK was unable to compete at the track last year due to travel regulations resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, so teams are doubly keen to return to the Island this year.
Weekend schedule (CET+10):
11.30 – 12.15 – SBK Free Practice 1
16.00 – 16.45 – SBK Free Practice 2
10.50 – 11.20 – SBK Free Practice 3
13.10 – 13.25 – Superpole
16.00 – SBK Race 1
10.30 – 10.45 – SBK Warm-up
13.00 – SBK Superpole race
16.00 – SBK Race 2