MotoGP: Not far from a lack of pilots, Honda doesn’t plan to move the duo from WSBK

Marc Marquez is convalescing, and for a long time, Taka Nakagami’s accident in Catalonia shook the Honda team. For the severity of the shock his pilot received anyway, but also when the idea of ​​a potential injury came to his mind. In that case, HRC would realize that there were no drivers left to plug in its RC213V. However, there are two young people at WSBK who know the Grands Prix well, one of whom is racing in MotoGP. But the Japanese brand promises to drop new members Iker lecuona and Xavi Vierge in the CBR triple R. For now?

complex for life Honda in MotoGP who had to consider the development of an RC213V while deprived of its flagship rider Mark Marquez. An already sponsored absence last year gave the current opus at the Grand Prix with our familiar displeasure. Therefore, it is always necessary to review the copy, without the main ideas of the great champion. But for the winged rigging that drove its pilot, the worst may not be yet to come. Stefan Bradl While waiting for his return, he promised to be far away, Mark Marquez. Indeed, if one, or even several, of its drivers on duty were injured, the world’s leading manufacturer would lack the manpower to be worthy of representation in the competition…

If this disaster had happened and we would have had to wait for the medical aptitude examination. Taka Nakagami On the eve of the next German Grand Prix, what could it be to rule that out? Honda ? We are considering spontaneously transferring one of the two pilots currently mobilized in WSBK. One of these, Iker LecuonaHe completed two full seasons in a KTM in MotoGP. virginHe was a Moto2 expert for his part.

Yes, but no… Before the game Misano This weekend, HRC’s managing director is indeed praising the CBR triple R project at WSBK. One of the biggest stories this year was the milestone Team HRC reached. official suit Honda Already on the podium in Race 2 in Assen and consistently placed in the Top 5 despite the arrival of new drivers Iker Lecuona and virgin. Second, he is also far from being at the peak of his physical condition in the first two laps.

Iker Lecuona impressed by HRC visit

On Honda, Iker Lecuona and Xavi Virgo: to be honest they are doing better than expected

Team HRC has never finished a race outside of the Top 10 and has always been in the top six in the last six races, notably with five Top 5s. Lecuona Just eight points behind Andrea Locatelli (Brixx WorldSBK with Pata Yamaha), fourth, and 16 points behind Michael Ruben Rinaldi’s ( Racing – Ducati) factory Ducati. Copper He was injured in the first two rounds, but always remained in the top 10. For the first time in his career, he finished Race 1 at Estoril in the top 5 and defeated his teammate in a duel in the last match. embrace. Copper He is in eighth place, just six points behind Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK).

Tetsuhiro KuwaitThe HRC general manager was pleased with these results, even describing the role of the two young Spaniards in the group’s internal dynamics: We have two new riders since winter testing and we thought they needed some time to adjust to the machines as well as to the Championship. But it’s too far, they are doing very well and the results are beyond my expectations. Moreover, their attitude is quite new because they are from the new generation. very good atmosphere in the team. We are very happy and try to cooperate as much as we can to achieve our goal. “.

Kuwait He concluded his speech by emphasizing that his and the IHK’s aim was to take one more step and why he did not think of victory: to be honest, they are doing better than expected; I guessed it would be a little difficult to deal with the weekend. they are doing very well, but I also hope they can go one step further in the near future. We try to improve at every opportunity, but Our aim is always to win. We will try to reach this result as soon as possible, but we will definitely need time. I want to do this season “. Iker Lecuona and virgin therefore it should not be transferred to MotoGP as they convinced Honda of their merits to the WSBK project.

Iker Lecuona, fifth in the World Championship, is currently the best Honda driver