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"Lecuona?! Lecuona to MotoGP? Why Lecuona?"... Was there anyone who didn’t ask these questions on Thursday before the last Australian GP when KTM announced that the 19-year-old from Spain would be their fourth MotoGP rider?
The Austrian brand’s choice was another decision full of question marks, since Lecuona's sporting merit in his four years in the Championship was limited to two podiums in Moto2. Even so, the Mattighofen factory decided he would fill the vacancy that Hafizh Syharin was going to leave at Team Tech 3 in 2020.
After the Johann Zarco episode (hired in 2018 as the cornerstone of their MotoGP project and fired in the middle of this season), Mika Kalio at age 35 took over the ride only for KTM unexpectedly cancel their Moto2 project mid-season—just as they started to win—the Iker Lecuona thing seemed another eccentric move by the Austrians. But no, behind their decision this time there was nothing improvised...
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