Following a two day WorldSBK test at Portimao last week, Xavi Vierge was back in action alongside team-mate Iker Lecuona for the pair’s third outing at Jerez since December.

Vierge, who had already completed five of his ten allocated test days for the season, chose to run back-to-back half days during Team HRC’ private test, meaning he leaves the Jerez circuit with four testing days remaining. 

The 2022 WorldSBK rookie has largely focused his pre-season testing program around adapting to Superbike machinery, understanding the Honda’s electronics and trying different set-ups in order to find the best option for April’s season opener at Aragon. 

And while race simulations were a big part of his most recent Jerez test, further progress with the electronics were made to the point where 'I was able to get my confidence back' following a difficult start to both days. 

"I’m happy because we made good progress throughout this test and with respect to last week’s session," said the former Moto2 rider. 

"To be honest, having decided to test over just two afternoons, I started both days in the warmest conditions and I struggled at first. We worked on some new settings, and it took a little time to adapt to the different feeling. 

"But we worked very well with the electronics, adjusting and fine tuning the set-up until we found the way and I was able to get my confidence back. 

"We completed a couple of good long runs, with a pace that was much better compared to the last time we were here. I also made a few practice starts, and we’ve taken a step forward there too. 

"The work has been intense, but I was able to make a lot of laps without any problems or delays, which has allowed us to collect a lot of data. Now we must analyse everything in preparation for the next test."  

Given the fact Vierge and Lecuona have completed by far the most number of test days of any riders/team thus far, March could therefore be a slightly quieter month for the factory Team HRC outfit despite three testing opportunities being available. The official Dorna organised test on April 4-5 won't count towards teams/riders' test days.