A constructive Misano take a look at for HRC rider Lecuona, HRC take a look at rider Nagashima and a “particular trackside observer”
Workforce HRC has been on the Misano World Circuit this week for an additional take a look at session. Manufacturing facility rider Iker Lecuona was out on observe on each Tuesday and Wednesday, the new and dry circumstances in Italy permitting for uninterrupted work.
Having lately undergone surgical procedure on his proper hand, Xavi Vierge was unable to take part within the using this week however was nonetheless within the storage with the workforce, retaining observe of developments, watching a few of the motion trackside, and taking the time to analyse all the info collectively along with his technicians.
For this take a look at, Iker was joined on observe by manufacturing facility HRC take a look at rider Tetsuta Nagashima. The Japanese rider labored intensively alongside Lecuona over the 2 days of testing, one thing that he’ll do once more over the weekend of 5-7 August, as a part of the #33 Workforce HRC: together with BSB Honda rider Takumi Takahashi, Lecuona and Nagashima will compete within the iconic Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race with a manufacturing facility bike primarily based on the CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADE SP.
The 2 riders and their technical groups spent the classes focusing largely on the electronics, geometries and steadiness of the bike, evaluating completely different set-ups with these used on the latest Misano WorldSBK spherical.
Having accomplished all of the work it had deliberate, Workforce HRC is happy with the progress made throughout these classes. The workforce will now proceed its work again at base in preparation for spherical 5 of the Superbike World Championship, which can play out on the Donington Park circuit within the UK over the weekend of 15-17 July.
Iker Lecuona 7
“After spending sooner or later at Donington final week, which was very helpful as I had the prospect to expertise this lovely and enjoyable, albeit very difficult observe, we got here right here to Misano for 2 extra days of testing, and I’m more than happy with the way it’s gone. We labored our approach by way of our take a look at plan, and every little thing went easily, with none points. The workforce did an excellent job, Xavi was additionally right here, with “Tetsu” Nagashima on the opposite aspect of the storage in addition to fairly a couple of Japanese engineers who got here from the manufacturing facility to see for themselves. Having Tetsu right here was essential as a result of he’s an official HRC take a look at rider in Japan and was in a position to personally participate within the testing and share the observe with me and different WorldSBK riders. It has been difficult in such scorching and humid circumstances, however we could be glad as a result of I feel we’re persevering with to enhance. We accomplished two lengthy runs and the sensation with the bike within the scorching climate was fairly good, our race tempo higher in comparison with the latest spherical we had right here. Generally, I feel we did an excellent job over the 2 days. Now I really feel a bit uninterested in course, however I’m joyful and prepared for the following step, with the Donington spherical arising in a few weeks’ time.”
Xavi Vierge 97
“I’ve had combined emotions right here due to course I wished to trip however, having had surgical procedure lately, we thought it was finest to keep away from any threat. However I got here alongside anyway as a result of that is my first yr in WorldSBK and I’ve by no means had the prospect to look at the motion trackside, and it may be very attention-grabbing. So we determined I’d attend and it’s been very attention-grabbing to hearken to the feedback of “Tetsu” and Iker, to know the completely different settings they’re making an attempt and to look at them and different riders in motion to know extra in an try and proceed bettering. So I’m joyful to have been right here at Misano and I made the a lot of the climate, doing a little coaching on my bicycle. I really feel my situation’s bettering daily and that is very constructive. And naturally, it’s at all times good to spend time with my workforce within the storage, even when it’s not in my regular position.”
Tetsuta Nagashima 45
“It’s been a very good expertise for me as a result of I’ve had the prospect to know the bike, the Pirelli tyres and the sensation with the CBR right here at Misano. We accomplished a run with Iker at present, I adopted him and was higher in a position to perceive the place we have to enhance on the bike. I take a look at the CBR in Japan and so this expertise was very helpful in that we might acquire extra direct info and in addition trade opinions with Iker and Xavi. We labored very exhausting over these two days. The lap occasions weren’t too dangerous in the long run, and the race simulation was additionally promising. We’ll maintain working exhausting in Japan and I hope this may assist the workforce and each Xavi and Iker. I want to thank Honda for this nice alternative; I actually loved being right here.”