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

Lecuona was drafted in to switch Brad Binder at Tech3 for 2020 when the South African was promoted to switch 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 resulting from 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 will probably 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 can even be part of Tech3.

When requested by Autosport if he felt KTM’s strategy to its younger riders at the moment was the fitting one, Lecuona stated: “If I’m sincere, I feel it’s not right.

“I feel it’s not right, as a result of in case 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 offer the rider this time, this window to adapt, to enhance.

“With one 12 months, in case you say to the rider ‘that you must be there’ otherwise you put strain… all people wants time to adapt.

Iker Lecuona, KTM Tech3

Iker Lecuona, KTM Tech3

Picture by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

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

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

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

“If you happen to don’t give them the time, you can’t do nothing.”

Lecuona – who will be part of Honda subsequent 12 months as a manufacturing unit World Superbike rider – believes MotoGP rookies face a harder problem now due to aggressive the sector is.

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

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

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

“So, it’s not since you are 15th that you just go sluggish. You’re seven tenths from the primary one.

“I feel by no means we’ve had this in MotoGP. If you happen to verify, I don’t know, 5 years earlier than, in case you completed one second [back] you completed on the rostrum.

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

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