"I wasn't ready for MotoGP, but I had to take the opportunity," Iker Lecuona

“I wasn’t ready for MotoGP, but I had to take the opportunity,” Iker Lecuona

Even if you follow the concept of “no regrets”, who does not stop every now and then to ask themselves “what if …?” when it comes to determining whether things would have been different if you had said yes, if you should have said no, or if you had turned left instead of right.

That’s the question Honda WorldSBK rider Iker Lecuona ponders when asked if, in hindsight, he thinks he made the right choice in accepting KTM’s hasty offer of a 2020 MotoGP World Championship seat with Tech 3 Racing.

Indeed, Lecuona himself admits that he was not the obvious choice for the promotion to MotoGP when it arrived.

Having made his Moto2 debut in 2017, Lecuona was coming to the end of his second full campaign as the highest-placed rider on a KTM chassis behind Brad Binder. However, in a year where Kalex dominated, that meant it only hovered in the top 10 overall.

Considered unknown as one of the few riders who hasn’t cut his teeth in Moto3, Lecuona has shown promising signs with two podiums so far, but at just 19, he still has a way to go.

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