The ‘warrior’ MotoGP rookie KTM was right to back

The ‘warrior’ MotoGP rookie KTM was right to back


The 2020 MotoGP campaign featured a standout pair of rookies, but one flew under the radar as he adjusted to a shock step-up armed with very little racing experience. However as his veteran team boss explains, the faith shown in him was not misplaced

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a bedroom wall anywhere in the world adorned with posters of 21-year-old Tech3 KTM MotoGP rider Iker Lecuona, and you’d be forgiven if his name perhaps slipped your mind when reflecting on the 2020 season.

In a campaign where nine riders won races and a total of 15 scored podiums, including two very high-profile debutants, Lecuona’s humble haul of 27 points and three top 10 finishes appear to have little impact. But to dismiss his achievements last year would be wholly unfair if you consider his situation relative to that of fellow KTM rookie Brad Binder and Honda’s Alex Marquez.

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