Iker Lecuona expects MotoGP ‘reinforcements’ at WSBK in 2023 but warns: ‘There aren’t many places’

The market for riders in MotoGP is still far from closed, but little by little some riders are finding solutions for the next season, however, others may change category as happened with Iker Lecuona who is participating this year at the Superbike World Championship and at the The rider admitted that he hopes to see the grid with “reinforcements” in 2023, while warning that there are not many places.

The former Tech3 who did not see his contract renewed in the French structure of the maximum category, following the entry of Remy Gardner and Raul Fernandez, was invited to join the factory Honda team in SBK and sees some differences between the championships, where he believes there is a lot of value, as he explained to GPOne: “From the first moment I said that, although it is not at the same level as MotoGP, the championship has three very strong young riders like [Andrea] Locatelli, [Michael Ruben] Rinaldi or my teammate [Xavi] Virgo, the level today is higher than ever. Lately more and more riders from different championships are trying out Superbikes and the level is going to rise for obvious reasons.”

With the end of the line approaching for some riders in the maximum category, SBK is seen with good eyes and Lecuona hopes that the world championships in the category can move to Superbikes, even if there are not many Available seats :

– Some MotoGP riders are considering coming here, but even in this championship a lot of places are closed, there are not many. I’m sure at least two or three MotoGP or Moto2 riders will come here in 2023.

There are currently many riders without a contract signed for 2023 in MotoGP and there are already rumors that they will be able to pursue a career in Superbikes, such as Takaaki Nakagami, Remy Gardner, among others.

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