After qualifying on the front row for the very first time of his career, Iker Lecuona was eager to line up on the grid of the Japanese Grand Prix at the Twin Ring Motegi. The young Spaniard, who had a great start, immediately moved up to the leading group before losing some ground after a tough battle on the opening lap.
In a fight in the chasing pack, Iker Lecuona finally crossed the finish line in eighth place, not so far behind his two compatriots Augusto Fernández and Xavi Vierge. By scoring eight more points, the KTM rider is now standing in 12th position of the Championship.
The two SWISS INNOVATIVE INVESTORS KTM team’s riders will be back in a few days’ time at the Australian Grand Prix at the stunning Phillip Island circuit.
Iker Lecuona (8th):
“I’m not really happy, because my pace would have allowed me to fight for the Top 5 or even the podium. Unfortunately, I made some mistakes in the opening laps and Baldassarri pushed me a little bit. That’s a shame, but we’ll do better in Australia.”
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