How Iker Lecuona (Honda) set Friday’s best time / Superbike World Championship


Iker Lecuona, who set the fastest time in free practice, made a great debut at his home race in Barcelona. Why the Honda rider was so fast and what he has in store for the rest of the Superbike weekend.

When Iker Lecuona roared over the line with twelve minutes to go in first practice in 1:41.396, the surprise was huge: the Honda rider was 0.5 seconds faster than second to set the fastest lap of the race.

The Spaniard’s impressive lap time was later put into perspective: it was set on qualifying tyres.

“First place is not a reality, it’s like 4th or 5th place for me,” smiles the 22-year-old in an interview with SPEEDWEEK.com. “I set my best lap in the second test, which was only about 0.3 seconds slower than Rinaldi or Toprak. It made sense and was quite positive. But after that I qualified with the SCQ on the back and a new soft front tire. I wanted to test this combination with a Superpole race in mind and collect data.

Due to the specific characteristics of the asphalt, Pirelli is also providing the Superbike racers at the eighth meeting of the season with an ultra-soft front tire suitable for Superpole and Superpole races.

“Unlike, for example, in Misano, here we need extra grip. We originally wanted to test it in FP2, but because the weather forecast changed, we did it in the morning,” explained Lecuona. “What’s positive for me: I always rode alone on Friday and I felt very fast. In FP2 I only used one set of tires and took the SC0 because Rinaldi won with it the year before. So why not give it a try?”

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Lecuona finished seventh at Donington Park, Most and Magny-Cours. At his home race, the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, his expectations are higher.

“The last three tracks were new to me and I had to learn the layout, how the tires work, work on the set-up and so on. Not everything is so simple. That’s why I had problems recently,” the Spaniard admitted. “But we had two tests here in Barcelona and I was in the top three both times. I feel competitive here.”

World Superbike Championship result: Barcelona, ​​​​​​FP2
Pos driver Motorrad time Dist
1. Alvaro Bautista Ducati 1:42,018 min
2. Jonathan Rea Kawasaki 1:42,058 + 0.040 sec
3. Andrea Locatelli Yamaha 1:42 085 + 0.067
4. Michael Rinaldi Ducati 1:42,121 + 0.103
5. xavi virgin Honda 1:42,221 + 0.203
6. Toprak Razgatlioglu Yamaha 1:42,318 + 0 300
7. Axel Bassani Ducati 1:42,477 + 0.459
8. Scott Reading BMW 1:42,648 + 0.630
9. Lucas Mahias Kawasaki 1:42 737 + 0.719
10. Philip Oettl Ducati 1:42,823 + 0.805
11. Eugene Laverty BMW 1:42,828 + 0.810
12. Iker Lecuona Honda 1:42,844 + 0.826
13. Garrett Gerloff Yamaha 1:42 904 + 0.886
14. Alex Lowes Kawasaki 1:42 937 + 0.919
15. Laurie Baz BMW 1:43 048 + 1,030
16. Luca Bernardi Ducati 1:43 230 + 1,212
17. Roberto Tamburini Yamaha 1:43,595 + 1,577
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