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SBK, Lecuona: "I didn't understand the Honda so far, my season starts now"

"I suffered so much from the lack of kilometres riding the CBR. I'm still not 100 percent, but I learned a lot during testing and now I'm starting to feel good about the bike and I feel I can handle it."

SBK: Lecuona:

The sun shone again in Misano on this Friday day of practice. Not only on the track after Thursday afternoon's downpour of rain, but also on Iker Lecuona's season. The HRC rider is finally seeing some light again after a troubled start to the championship and managed to finish the day in seventh place, seven tenths off Razgatlioglu's benchmark, thanks to the time he set that earned him sixth place in FP2.

"I'm pretty happy overall, considering all the kilometers I couldn't do because of injuries. It feels really good to finish sixth in FP2 and seventh in the combined standings, less than a second off the top. I' ve also started to feel good in the saddle," the 24-year-old said at the end of Friday, emphasizing the strides made in recent outings, "I feel I can handle the bike and the situation and that's a very positive thing for me. We learned a lot during the tests and I also have a new crew chief, who needs to understand my riding style and my overall performance, so for me it was important not to crash in the last tests and grind out a lot of kilometers, because we have a new bike and, as I said, I lost a lot during these races. My season starts now? Yes, I would say yes."

With all the hiccups experienced in this beginning of the year, after all, the CBR1000RR-R is a bike still to be discovered for the Valencian rider.

"The bike is the same as at the beginning of the season but it is new to me because I did one test in Jerez, then in the next one in Portimao we could only do a few laps because of the weather and in Australia I injured my shoulder. In Barcelona I did about forty laps in two days of testing because I was still not good with my shoulder and then I missed a whole race because someone hit me on the second lap. In Assen then I crashed on Saturday morning and my Round ended there," Iker recalled, "I didn't understood the bike until now, and this progress also depends on my new crew chief, who understood more about my riding style and helped me better understand the position to hold."

A small step toward what will hopefully be a brighter continuation of the season.

"It's not difficult to regain confidence after this start, it's just that, as I was saying, I felt a lot of lack of kilometres in the saddle," Lecuona pointed out, emphasizing once again how important it is for him to have the opportunity to rack up as many laps as possible with his Honda: "I've been working a lot with the motocross bike, with the supermotard and on myself to be ready to get back on a SBK and be competitive. I'm still struggling because I still haven't recovered 100 percent from my shoulder injury, but I can learn and work on myself even so. I just need some time in the saddle and with the team to be ready and understand this new bike."

Photo credit: Dani Guazzetti


Translated by Julian Thomas

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