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

Even if you adhere to the notion of “no regrets”, who doesn’t occasionally stop to ask themselves “what if…?” when determining whether things would have been different if you had said yes when you should have said no, or if you had turned left instead of right.

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

In fact, Lecuona himself admits he wasn’t an obvious choice to step up to MotoGP when he arrived.

Having made his Moto2 debut in 2017, Lecuona was coming off a second full campaign as the highest-ranked rider on the KTM chassis after Brad Binder. However, in a year dominated by the Kalex, this meant it was only around the top 10 overall.

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

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