WSBK rookie Iker Lecuona is not thinking of returning to MotoGP

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Iker Lecuona’s MotoGP career came to an end for the time being in November 2021. At 21, Lecuona is still a long way from the end of his career. The Spaniard’s path leads to the Superbike World Championship in 2022. After leaving Tech-3-KTM, Lecuona signed a contract with HRC.

“I’m very happy. I think I can give the project a new perspective,” explains Lecuona in an interview with ‘Motorsport.com’. “Honda chose two young riders, (Xavi) Vierge and me. I have two years of MotoGP experience. I was pretty fast on a big bike.

The Fireblade project in the Superbike World Championship has not been crowned with success in recent years. Alvaro Bautista and Leon Haslam fell short of expectations. From 2022, Honda will be adopting a new strategy and using two superbike newbies on the factory machines.

Test in Jerez: Iker Lecuona on the Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade

Photo: Honda

“Young drivers bring new energy with them. I am very happy because this is a works team and a new project. I will attack and work hard to keep up with the front,” promised Lecuona. “Both drivers are young and want to develop the bike quickly so that they can win races. This is really good for Honda.”

During the first test in Jerez, Lecuona fell and had to be hospitalized. The ambitious WSBK rookie missed the rest of the test (more information). In the new year, Lecuona should be fit again to do more test laps. The WSBK season 2022 starts in April in Aragon.

But what’s next at Lecuona? Is the Superbike World Championship just a stopover on the way back to MotoGP? “Hard to say. I’m very young. Two of the Moto2 climbers are older than me. The others are about my age, but have two years less experience,” he notes.

“I’m not copying it, but I’m not thinking of returning at the moment. I signed with the Honda factory team in the Superbike World Championship because I wanted a change. I wanted me to have a new goal,” explains Lecuona, confirming that So far there have been no discussions about possible assignments as a Honda replacement pilot. This means that HRC test pilot Stefan Bradl remains the first choice should one of the regular pilots get injured.

With images from Motorsport Images.

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