With a splinted left hand, Honda works driver Iker Lecuona answered journalists’ questions on Friday afternoon. After his crash in Jerez in mid-December, the superbike rookie was fighting for his fitness.
Three hours after the Honda Racing Corporation presented its 2022 motorsport program for motorcycles and automobiles in Japan, the two factory superbike drivers Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge answered questions from around 35 journalists.
Lecuona wore a splint on his left hand. On December 16, his second day of testing with the HRC team, the 22-year-old superbike newcomer had a slip at Turn 12 on the Circuito de Jerez. Iker hit his left hand and broke his little finger. He was taken to the circuit medical center and then to the hospital in Jerez for a full examination.
Instead of splinting the finger and letting the fracture heal naturally, Lecuona decided to have an operation and went to the IMED hospital in Valencia the week before Christmas. Since then he has tried to get fit again.
“The injury did not come at the best time, everyone eats a lot over Christmas,” grinned the Spaniard. “Then it is not healthy if you cannot do sport. My recovery is going well, and I have been able to ride my bike and do some fitness exercises again for a week. The plan is for me to be back on a motorcycle the weekend before the next test, my doctor has already given me the okay. “
Honda tests on 26./27. January together with the Kawasaki factory team (Rea, Lowes) and others again in Jerez. Lecuona: “First I’ll see how my hand works and how I feel on the motorcycle.”
Iker Lecuona ended the MotoGP World Championship in 2021 as the king of the fall, the Tech3 rider was involuntarily separated from his KTM RC16 26 times. The 21-year-old replaced Johann Zarco, the Frenchman who had won the unpopular title in the previous two years.