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KTM’s MotoGP younger rider method “not right” – Lecuona

Lecuona was drafted in to interchange Brad Binder at Tech3 for 2020 when the South African was promoted to interchange Johann Zarco on the manufacturing unit KTM squad.

However Lecuona – then 19 – had solely made his circuit racing debut in 2015 after a formative profession in supermotard, and by the beginning of the 2020 season had contested 89 fewer grands prix than Binder.

Along with his 2020 debut season ending three races from the top attributable to COVID-19 and solely consisting of 11 grands prix at seven tracks, Lecuona spent a lot of 2021 nonetheless studying – with the 2021 RC16 proving much less aggressive.

At simply 21, Lecuona has been ousted from MotoGP and can be changed by KTM’s newest younger star Raul Fernandez, who steps as much as the premier class after only a single season in Moto2 during which he was runner-up to Remy Gardner, who will even be a part of Tech3.

When requested by Motorsport.com if he felt KTM’s method to its younger riders presently was the precise one, Lecuona mentioned: “If I am trustworthy, I believe it isn’t right.

“I believe it isn’t right, as a result of when you consider in a single rider you consider in them for one, two, three, 4 years. You’ll be able to consider within the rider, however you continue to want to present the rider this time, this window to adapt, to enhance.

“With one yr, when you say to the rider ‘it is advisable to be there’ otherwise you put strain… all people wants time to adapt.

Iker Lecuona, KTM Tech3

Iker Lecuona, KTM Tech3

Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

“And I believe on this case, they wished to take a really younger rider and wished them to go quick with a really troublesome bike.

“It isn’t a Ducati, it isn’t a Yamaha bike. We labored throughout these two years, some races I may go quick, or KTM can go quick, however many races the 4 KTMs had been the final ones.

“And it isn’t as a result of I’m a greater rider one week earlier than or one week after, it is as a result of this bike could be very obscure and could be very troublesome to work.

“When you do not give them the time, you can’t do nothing.”

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Lecuona – who will be a part of Honda subsequent yr as a manufacturing unit World Superbike rider – believes MotoGP rookies face a more durable problem now due to aggressive the sector is.

“Now the extent in MotoGP could be very excessive,” he added.

“In a number of tracks, we go very quick and plenty of occasions I am in P15 and I am seven tenths [off the pace] in a MotoGP with six factories [competing].

“So, with utterly completely different bikes we’re in the identical second. So, the extent could be very excessive.

“So, it isn’t since you are 15th that you simply go sluggish. You might be seven tenths from the primary one.

“I believe by no means we have had this in MotoGP. When you verify, I do not know, 5 years earlier than, when you completed one second [back] you completed on the rostrum.

“Proper now when you keep one second [off the pace] you keep the final one on the grid.”

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