Lecuona tops WorldSBK Friday Practice at Catalunya | Motorcycle Updates

2022 FIM Superbike World Championship
Round Eight – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain


Iker Lecuona (Team HRC) went half a second quicker than anyone else in the morning to top his first session in WorldSBK, albeit using the soft front tyre that debuted last time out. His time was good enough to keep home on top for the remainder of the day.

In the afternoon, Lecuona was slightly further down the field, but it was his teammate Xavi Vierge who was doing all of the time attacks towards the end of the second session.


Iker Lecuona – P1

P1 at the end of the first day here in Catalunya is a very nice feeling but not a totally “real” result. Having said that, it’s very real that I have good speed, having ridden alone during both sessions and worked well with the team in the garage.

“We put the qualifying tyres in during FP1 because we wanted to collect some data for tomorrow’s Superpole and didn’t want any rain to prevent us from doing that in the afternoon.

“With race tyres, my pace is just around three tenths of a second slower than that of Toprak and Rinaldi. Alvaro is on another level though; his pace is just amazing. I spent the sessions lapping alone and this gives me confidence for tomorrow.

“In FP2 I just worked to prepare for the race, using only one set of tyres, the hard one, and I felt good. But we will see tomorrow, because anything can happen, also considering the unstable weather forecast for the rest of the weekend, which means the track could change a lot and the conditions become trickier.”

Iker Lecuona

Vierge was third for a fair bit of the session as he did numerous fast laps and on one of their race tyre options, having finished tenth in the first session and with the highest top speed at 326km/h. Vierge finished seventh overall, courtesy of his FP2 time.


Xavi Vierge – P7

It’s a good feeling to be back starting a racing weekend at a track we know, after three rounds at brand-new ones, because we’ve been able to focus solely on ourselves and on the bike setup. So it’s been a positive Friday for us, especially in FP2 because in FP1 we struggled a bit at the beginning with braking. In the afternoon, on the other hand, everything worked perfectly, the team did a great job and I felt really good with the bike. Even using just one set of tyres, I was able to set a very good lap time.

“Our first goal now is to improve in qualifying to try and start somewhere on the first three rows and then of course to finish the races, after two DNFs at Magny-Cours. We know that we have the pace, so finishing the race will translate into a good result. It would be fantastic to score a great result in front of my home crowd.”

Xavi Vierge
Xavi Vierge

As expected ahead of the weekend, the factory Ducatis were in good form. Finishing fourth in FP1, Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) was quicker in the afternoon session, even if he wasn’t top overall. He spent most of the session on top and led a Ducati 1-2 with teammate Michael Ruben Rinaldi, who was also impressive at the circuit at which he won at in 2021. It was Rinaldi who remained top Ducati from FP1, and he was fourth in FP2, whilst Bautista topped the FP2 session and looked like he had good race pace.

Michael Rinaldi – P2

We did a good job ahead of the race taking into account what the weather variables might be. I’m satisfied with how things went and the feeling I had in both sessions. We were fast even though we didn’t try the time attack and that is a good sign“.

Michael Rinaldi
Michael Rinaldi
Alvaro Bautista – P4

It was a positive Friday. We worked a lot on tyre choice, tried different tire solutions, and managed to gather some very interesting data. The race pace was incisive and consistent, especially in FP2. We don’t know what kind of weather we will find tomorrow, but we are ready and we have confidence whatever the conditions are.”

Alvaro Bautista
Alvaro Bautista

It was a solid opening day in Barcelona for the Yamaha outfit of Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) and teammate Andrea Locatelli. Razgatlioglu was third on the combined times but was reliant on his morning time, like Lecuona and Rinaldi ahead of him. He was only sixth in the afternoon session but three tenths from the top time and undoubtedly in the mix ahead of the two race days ahead. Locatelli on the other hand found a solid return to form, finishing sixth overall but third in FP2, just 0.067s from the top time. Can Locatelli play a key role in taking points off teammate Razgatlioglu’s rivals?

Toprak Razgatlıoğlu – P3

For me, it was a positive Friday because we try every session for a good set-up for the race but tomorrow, I think maybe rain! Anyway, we try some new set-up and we are happy. Okay, we see Ducati is very fast but we keep fighting for the race. In FP2, we tried a new set-up and we are working – also I just try a shorter race simulation to understand the bike how it is working or not.

“Now, it looks like we are ready to race, the pace looks not bad and I hope we are fighting for the win again. At this track, it’s important to keep the rear tyre and I hope for good weather tomorrow but we will see!”

Toprak Razgatlıoğlu
Toprak Razgatlıoğlu
Andrea Locatelli – P6

I’m really happy about today because the feeling on the bike was really good, especially in FP1. In FP2 the condition was a bit different and to do a good lap time was difficult, but actually the feeling was not so bad and I think we have a good base set-up for here in Barcelona – especially after the test in August. We worked really well and were really fast here.

“So today, I’m happy and I have a lot of confidence with the bike, so I want to continue in this way and try to push because tomorrow we have the first race and it is important to try to start in front. I think in respect to the last few rounds, we understand a little bit more around the bike and how to use the new tyre compound. We’re working well and today we have a good reference and data to compare. For me it’s a good point to restart!

Andrea Locatelli
Andrea Locatelli

Blasting up the order having been hovering around the top five for a majority of the FP2 session, six-time World Champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) took second at the end of the session. The Ulsterman, eager to claw points back in the title race, set good laps at the end of the afternoon session and despite results being mixed there in the past, he has more Barcelona wins than anyone else; in FP1, he had a 325km/h top speed, not a huge deficit to his rivals.

Rea took fifth overall whilst teammate Alex Lowes was only 14th in FP2 but had a lap time good enough for sixth; it was deleted for track limits, leaving him eighth on the combined times.

Jonathan Rea – P5

We had to compare two front tyres, back-to-back, and two rears. We know this track consumes tyres for everybody. I felt good with my ultimate pace and we just need to improve the consistency. Alvaro is very strong, and it seems they started in a really good way.

“In some areas we need to make the bike a little bit easier to ride, so that when the tyre drops I am not fighting with the bike so much, especially in stopping and turning. We have a few areas to look at tomorrow thinking about tyre conservation in a long race. I did a long run in the afternoon, three laps short of race distance, and the drop was less severe than last year.”

Jonathan Rea
Alex Lowes – P8

Overall today was good but we struggled a little bit with front tyre wear after 11 or 12 laps, so this is something we need to focus on. The front grip seemed to drop quite a lot for me. The rear, not so much. I did a really fast lap at the end of the day, but rolled out on the green track limits paint, and I just caught the chequered flag too. I didn’t realise and the next lap was even faster, which would have put us in the top three.

“Our new tyre performance is quite good, but we need to work a little bit on used tyres. But it’s great to be here at the team’s home race. They have lots of people here, friends and family, so the atmosphere is great. I am looking forward to the first race tomorrow.”


It wasn’t the easiest day for BMW, with Scott Redding (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) not able to get on tabs with the top five like previous at circuits. Knowing that it will be a trickier round for the manufacturer given the testing programme that they’ve followed, Redding and the team will hope that they can challenge for the top six. Teammate Michael van der Mark had a technical issue in FP1 but following a change of engine for FP2, was able to get crucial laps under his belt but he could only finish 19th in FP2. Come the end of the day, Redding was tenth whilst van der Mark languished in 20th.

With nine of the top ten places occupied by factory bikes, the only rider to squeeze his way in was the in-form Axel Bassani (Motocorsa Racing), who followed Bautista in the early stages of the session.

Garrett Gerloff (GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team) was next up but only 11th, whilst Eugene Laverty (Bonovo Action BMW) was enjoying a stronger Friday in 12th. Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing), Philipp Oettl (Team Goeleven) and Loris Baz (Bonovo Action BMW) completed the top 15.

WorldSBK Friday Combined Practice Times

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 I.  Lecuona Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1m41.396
2 M. Rinaldi Ducati Panigale V4R +0.535
3 T. Razgatlioglu Yamaha YZF R1 +0.595
4 A. Bautista Ducati Panigale V4R +0.622
5 J.  Rea Kawasaki ZX-10RR +0.662
6 A. Locatelli Yamaha YZF R1 +0.689
7 X. Vierge Honda CBR1000 RR-R +0.825
8 A. Lowes Kawasaki ZX-10RR +0.962
9 A. Bassani Ducati Panigale V4R +1.081
10 S. Redding BMW M1000RR +1.252
11 G. Gerloff Yamaha YZF R1 +1.287
12 E. Laverty BMW M1000RR +1.292
13 L.  Mahias Kawasaki ZX-10RR +1.341
14 P. Oettl Ducati Panigale V4R 1.427
15 L.  Baz BMW M1000RR +1.647
16 L.  Bernardi Ducati Panigale V4R +1.834
17 K. Nozane Yamaha YZF R1 +2.077
18 O. Konig Kawasaki ZX-10RR +2.198
19 R. Tamburini Yamaha YZF R1 +2.199
20 M. Van Der Mark BMW M1000RR +2.217
21 C. Ponsson Yamaha YZF R1 +2.474
22 O. Gutierrez Kawasaki ZX-10RR +2.496
23 L.  Mercado Honda CBR1000 RR-R +2.885
24 H. Syahrin Honda CBR1000 RR-R /

WorldSBK Championship Points

Pos Rider Points
 1  Alvaro Bautista  332
 2  Toprak Razgatlioglu  302
 3  Jonathan Rea  285
 4  Michael Ruben Rinaldi  167
 5  Andrea Locatelli  166
 6  Axel Bassani  151
 7  Scott Redding  145
 8  Alex Lowes  145
 9  Iker Lecuona  140
 10  Xavi Vierge  82
 11  Garrett Gerloff  76
 12  Loris Baz  75
 13  Philipp Oettl  53
 14  Lucas Mahias  41
 15  Luca Bernardi  27
 16  Roberto Tamburini  25
 17  Eugene Laverty  18
 18  Michael Van Der Mark  15
 19  Kohta Nozane  13
 20  Xavi Fores  12
 21  Illia Mykhalchyk  10
 22  Christophe Ponsson  8
 23  Hafizh Syahrin  4
 24  Leon Haslam  4
 25  Tarran Mackenzie  3
 26  Peter Hickman  2
 27  Leandro Mercado  2

WorldSSP

A lack of experience at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in the FIM Supersport World Championship did not prevent Dominique Aegerter (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) from setting a new all-time lap record in the Championship during Friday’s Free Practice 2 session on the way to top spot for the Catalunya Round.

Dominique Aegerter

After topping Free Practice 1 by three tenths, Aegerter smashed the lap record to finish more than a second clear of his rivals in FP2 and in the combined classification.

Oli Bayliss
Oli Bayliss

Oli Bayliss finished the opening day in 15th while countryman Ben Currie (Motozoo Racing by Puccetti) took 28th place despite an FP2 crash.

Oliver Bayliss – P15

I am happy with how it went today, even though we are in 15th position. We made the time on the second tyre exit. There are still a couple of things to work on, but I’m confident for qualifying.”

WorldSSP Friday Combined Practice Times

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 D Aegerter Yamaha YZF R6 1m44.507
2 L Baldassarri Yamaha YZF R6 +1.005
3 N Bulega Ducati Panigale V2 +1.015
4 N Tuuli MV Agusta F3 800 RR +1.157
5 C Oncu Kawasaki ZX-6R +1.162
6 J Cluzel Yamaha YZF R6 +1.297
7 S Manzi Triumph Street Triple RS +1.429
8 F Caricasulo Ducati Panigale V2 +1.481
9 YMontella Kawasaki ZX-6R +1.640
10 R De Rosa Ducati Panigale V2 +1.646
11 B Sofuoglu MV Agusta F3 800 RR +1.701
12 G Van Straalen Yamaha YZF R6 +1.749
13 I Vinales Ducati Panigale V2 +1.757
14 A Huertas Kawasaki ZX-6R +1.825
15 O Bayliss Ducati Panigale V2 +1.926
16 A Verdoia Yamaha YZF R6 +1.930
17 PHobelsberger Yamaha YZF R6 +1.959
18 M. Brenner Yamaha YZF R6 +1.964
19 U Orradre Yamaha YZF R6 +2.016
20 S Jespersen Yamaha YZF R6 +2.036
21 J Giral Ducati Panigale V2 +2.077
22 P Sebestyen Yamaha YZF R6 +2.119
23 H Soomer Triumph Street Triple RS +2.157
24 A Viu Yamaha YZF R6 +2.166
25 T Booth-Amos Kawasaki ZX-6R +2.168
26 L Taccini Yamaha YZF R6 +2.353
27 O Vostatek Yamaha YZF R6 +2.580
28 B Currie Kawasaki ZX-6R +2.999
29 J Buis Kawasaki ZX-6R +3.214
30 F Fuligni Ducati Panigale V2 +3.299
31 M. Alcoba Yamaha YZF R6 +3.359
32 M. Kofler Ducati Panigale V2 +3.784

WorldSSP Championship Points

Pos Rider Points
 1  Dominique Aegerter  286
 2  Lorenzo Baldassarri  267
 3  Nicolo Bulega  168
 4  Can Oncu  135
 5  Stefano Manzi  117
 6  Glenn Van Straalen  95
 7  Yari Montella  92
 8  Adrian Huertas  79
 9  Federico Caricasulo  74
 10  Niki Tuuli  71
 11  Jules Cluzel  65
 12  Hannes Soomer  61
 13  Raffaele De Rosa  53
 14  Oliver Bayliss  47
 15  Valentin Debise  43
 16  Andy Verdoia  38
 17  Bahattin Sofuoglu  36
 18  Kyle Smith  35
 19  Mattia Casadei  25
 20  Marcel Brenner  23
 21  Leonardo Taccini  22
 22  Patrick Hobelsberger  21
 23  Peter Sebestyen  21
 24  Ondrej Vostatek  17
 25  Steven Odendaal  16
 26  Simon Jespersen  16
 27  Isaac Vinales  9
 28  Unai Orradre  9
 29  Tom Edwards  7
 30  Luca Ottaviani  5
 31  Thomas Booth-Amos  5
 32  Nicholas Spinelli  1
 33  Benjamin Currie  1

 


WorldSSP300

Dutch rider Victor Steeman (MTM Kawasaki) posted a 1’55.287s to move himself ahead of two local riders in the combined classification with the Dutchman one of just eight riders to improve their lap time in the afternoon compared to the morning.

While Steeman was able to find around two tenths of a second, Julio Garcia Gonzalez (ESP Solutions Motap Racing Team) and Jose Luis Perez Gonzales (Accolade Smrz Racing) did not improve their lap time and finished second and third in the standings respectively, after wildcard Garcia Gonzalez topped Friday morning’s FP1 session. The trio were separated by around two tenths at the end of Friday’s running.

With very few riders improving their time, Bruno Ieraci (Prodina Racing WorldSSP300) remained in fourth place at the end of the day’s running, ahead of Marc Garcia (Yamaha MS Racing) in fifth and Hugo De Cancellis (Prodina Racing WorldSSP300) in sixth; in FP2, Garcia was classified in 23rd place but his time of 1’55.692s from FP1 was enough to take a top-five finish at the end of the day in the combined classification.

Harry Khouri finished day one in P27.

WorldSSP300 Friday Combined Practice Times

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 V Steeman Kawasaki Ninja 400 1m55.287
2 J Garcia Gonzalez Kawasaki Ninja 400 +0.088
3 J Perez Gonzales Kawasaki Ninja 400 +0.193
4 B Ieraci Kawasaki Ninja 400 +0.281
5 M. Garcia Yamaha YZF-R3 +0.405
6 H De Cancellis Kawasaki Ninja 400 +0.422
7 L Lehmann KTM RC 390 R +0.473
8 D Mogeda Kawasaki Ninja 400 +0.558
9 IIglesias Kawasaki Ninja 400 +0.565
10 H Maier Yamaha YZF-R3 +0.726
11 M. Gennai Yamaha YZF-R3 +0.802
12 A Diaz Yamaha YZF-R3 +0.802
13 G Mastroluca Yamaha YZF-R3 +0.847
14 K Sabatucci Kawasaki Ninja 400 +0.865
15 Y Okaya Kawasaki Ninja 400 +1.093
16 U Calatayud Yamaha YZF-R3 +1.105
17 S Di Sora Kawasaki Ninja 400 +1.163
18 A Millan Kawasaki Ninja 400 +1.186
19 M. Vannucci Yamaha YZF-R3 +1.204
20 A Mahendra Yamaha YZF-R3 +1.234
21 A Zanca Kawasaki Ninja 400 +1.249
22 R Bijman Kawasaki Ninja 400 +1.442
23 Y Saiz Marquez Kawasaki Ninja 400 +1.551
24 E Valentim Yamaha YZF-R3 +1.617
25 F Seabright Yamaha YZF-R3 +1.689
26 I Peristeras Yamaha YZF-R3 +1.703
27 H Khouri Kawasaki Ninja 400 +1.784
28 I Garcia Abella Yamaha YZF-R3 +1.825
29 T Alberto Kawasaki Ninja 400 +1.955
30 S Markarian Kawasaki Ninja 400 +2.265
31 M. Szamado Kawasaki Ninja 400 +2.772
32 A Delgado Yamaha YZF-R3 +3.099

WorldSSP300 Championship Points

Pos Rider Points
 1  Alvaro Diaz  197
 2  Marc Garcia  157
 3  Victor Steeman  147
 4  Samuel Di Sora  130
 5  Hugo De Cancellis  107
 6  Lennox Lehmann  105
 7  Yuta Okaya  101
 8  Matteo Vannucci  97
 9  Mirko Gennai  82
 10  Inigo Iglesias  72
 11  Dirk Geiger  61
 12  Bruno Ieraci  60
 13  Kevin Sabatucci  57
 14  Ruben Bijman  33
 15  Humberto Maier  32
 16  Jose Luis Perez Gonzales  29
 17  Petr Svoboda  29
 18  Gabriele Mastroluca  28
 19  Ton Kawakami  26
 20  Alfonso Coppola  19
 21  Daniel Mogeda  19
 22  Marco Gaggi  18
 23  Iker Garcia Abella  17
 24  Troy Alberto  13
 25  Harry Khouri  12
 26  Alessandro Zanca  10
 27  Alex Millan  8
 28  Sylvain Markarian  5
 29  Yeray Saiz Marquez  4
 30  Mate Szamado  2
 31  Fenton Seabright  2
 32  Dinis Borges  1

Catalunya WorldSBK Time Schedule
AEST

Time Class Event
Saturday
1700 WorldSBK FP3
1745 WorldSSP300 SPole
1825 WorldSSP SPole
1910 WorldSBK SPole
2200 WorldSBK R1
2315 WorldSSP R1
Sunday 
1700 WorldSBK WUP
1725 WorldSSP WUP
1750 WorldSSP300 WUP
1900 WorldSBK SPRace
2030 WorldSSP R2
2200 WorldSBK R2
2315 WorldSSP300 R2

2022 WorldSBK Calendar

Date Track Class
Apr 8-10 Aragon SBK/SSP/SSP300
Apr 22-24 Assen SBK/SSP/SSP300
May 20-22 Estoril SBK/SSP/SSP300
Jun 10-12 Misano  SBK/SSP/SSP300
July 15-17 Donington Park SBK/SSP
July 29-31 Autodrom Most SBK/SSP/SSP300
Sept 9-11 Magny-Cours SBK/SSP/SSP300
Sept 23-25 Catalunya SBK/SSP/SSP300
Oct 7-9 Algarve SBK/SSP/SSP300
Oct 21-23 Circuito San Juan Villicum SBK/SSP
Nov 11-13 Mandalika SBK/SSP
Nov 18-20 Phillip Island SBK/SSP

 

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