Iker Lecuona will have to miss the Portimao Grand Prix after testing positive for the Coronavirus. Test rider Mika Kallio will be taking his place in Portugal on the Tech3 team’s KTM.
“First of all, it’s not an easy situation for the team and for Iker. I’m sorry that he’ll have to skip this race as well,” the Finnish rider commented. “So, I’ll jump on the bike, which isn’t that easy at the moment, because I haven’t been on the bike too often this year. Obviously, it’s going to be interesting to see what my speed is and how I can learn the new track and many other things. Of course, the crew is new to me, so I have many thinghs to learn. It’s a big challenge, and we’ll go and do everything as best as possible. It’s always an honor to race with a MotoGP bike and also being with Hervé and Red Bull KTM Tech3 team. I’ve known them for a long time, and it’s good to come back to racing, even if it’s only the last race of the season. The finale is always a special moment for everyone, and it’s always nice to be there with the best bikes and the best guys around. I always enjoy it a lot. We don’t have anything to expect there. We’ll do our job and we’ll see where we end up.”