Iker Lecuona injures hand on Honda 2022 WorldSBK testing bow

Iker Lecuona's first test on the HRC Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade comes to a premature conclusion when a crash during WorldSBK testing injures his hand

Iker Lecuona - Team HRC Honda

Ex-MotoGP rider Iker Lecuona has been forced to sit out the remainder of his first WorldSBK test with Team HRC Honda after suffering an injury to his hand during post-season testing in Jerez.

The Spaniard is the big attraction at this week’s three-day test in Spain, his first on a Superbike since making the switch from MotoGP, where he spent two seasons competing with the Tech 3 KTM team.

One of two new riders to represent Honda’s factory-backed efforts in the 2022 WorldSBK Championship together with Moto2-convert Xavi Vierge, Lecuona enjoyed a solid opening day in Jerez by lapping around a second off the pace set by six-time World Champion Jonathan Rea.

However, on the second day he fell from the Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade at Turn 12, hurting his left hand and requiring a trip to hospital for further checks.

A fracture to his finger means he will be forced to sit out the remainder of the test, which continues today [Friday], with attention now turning to getting fully fit in time for the first pre-season tests of 2022. 

“After hitting his left hand in a fall at turn 12, the last right-hand corner, Iker was taken to the medical centre and then Jerez hospital for a thorough check-up. 

“Tests have excluded any serious injuries, but a fracture to the little finger on his left hand means that the Spanish rider will sit out tomorrow’s final day of testing which will go ahead as planned with team-mate Xavi Vierge.

“Doctors will check on Iker’s finger again in the next few days.”