News 27 Oct 2023

Unchanged Team HRC WorldSBK line-up for next two years

Lecuona and Vierge in through to the conclusion of 2025.

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Team HRC Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) riders Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge have both signed a two-year contract extension, meaning the outfit’s line-up will remain unchanged through to the conclusion of the 2025 season.

Lecuona and Vierge joined the team in 2022, with Lecuona also having the opportunity to fill-in for Honda riders in MotoGP on multiple occasions through his tenure in red.

“It’s good to have everything clear on the contract side because we must focus on the job ahead,” said Lecuona. “I want to fight at the front and succeed, something HRC has always strived for in the racing field, but we must work hard to reach that level, so soon after the last round of the 2023 championship we will turn our full attention to testing as we start to prepare for the new season, aiming to take a consistent step forward in terms of performance and results.”

Vierge claimed Honda’s only podium of the year so far when he was third in race two at Mandalika, while he has featured in the top six on a few more occasions throughout the season.

“I’m happy to have renewed my contract with Team HRC for another two years,” explained Vierge. “It’s every rider’s dream to be part of a HRC factory team and my feelings have only grown since my early days with the squad.

“It is a source of motivation to continue together, as I believe in the project, in myself, and in my team. Together we can accomplish our goal, which is to try to fight for the championship as soon as possible. And so we will continue to work as hard as we can in order to get there.”

Vierge and Lecuona are eighth and 12th respectively in the 2023 WorldSBK standings, ahead of the final round of the season at Jerez this weekend.