Hard fall of Iker Lecuona (Honda): Vertebra fracture! / Superbike World Championship

The second practice of the 2022 Superbike World Championship at the Mandalika circuit was overshadowed by Iker Lecuona’s bad highside. The Honda rider’s season is most likely over.

With Honda using Super Concession Parts licensed from Portimão for the first time at the eleventh meeting of the season, Iker Lecuona was particularly excited about the race weekend at the Mandalika circuit on the Indonesian island of Lombok. To make matters worse, the Spaniard was unfamiliar with the track, which had opened a year ago and had only been restored two weeks ago.

Lecuona showed in FP1 on Friday morning that the seaside circuit suits him. In 1:37.127 min, the 22-year-old rider placed his CBR1000RR-R in second place, only world champion Toprak Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) was faster. In the afternoon, however, the flyover came to an abrupt end: after 13 minutes, Lecuona lost control of his Fireblade while changing direction at turn 3, resulting in a strong highside!

The Honda rider hit his right side and while he was still falling it was clear from his reaction that he must be in sharp pain. Two marshals helped Lecuon to his feet. The wretch leaned on her shoulders and limped out of the danger zone, his face contorted in pain.

Concerns by some observers that Lecuona might have broken his pelvis were ruled out when checked at the medical center, but a bruised lumbar spine was found. He was taken to the hospital for further examination. There, CT and MRI revealed a fracture of the T12 vertebra (without neurological sequelae) and a left sacrum fracture. As no surgery is required, Lecuona has been released from the hospital.

Lecuona was declared unfit to race by race doctors and will watch the weekend as a spectator. It is very likely that he will also miss the season finale in Australia next weekend.

World Superbike Championship result: Mandalika, FP2
Pos Driver Motorcycle time diff
1. Alvaro Bautista Ducati 1:33.626 min
2. Toprak Razgatlioglu Yamaha 1:34,088 + 0.462 sec
3. Michael Rinaldi Ducati 1:34,590 + 0.964
4. Jonathan Rea Kawasaki 1:34,595 + 0.969
5. Garrett Gerloff Yamaha 1:34,843 + 1,217
6. Xavi Fores Ducati 1:34,871 + 1,245
7. Andrea Locatelli Yamaha 1:34,941 + 1,315
8. xavi virgin Honda 1:35,022 + 1,396
9. Axel Bassani Ducati 1:35,139 + 1,513
10. Scott Redding BMW 1:35,213 + 1,587
11. Alex Lowes Kawasaki 1:35,265 + 1,639
12. Lucas Mahias Kawasaki 1:35,414 + 1.788
13. Philipp Oettl Ducati 1:35,610 + 1,984
14. Iker Lecuona Honda 1:35,766 + 2,140
15. Michael v. Mark BMW 1:36,331 + 2.705
16. Eugene Laverty BMW 1:36,948 + 3.322
17. About Nozan Yamaha 1:37,088 + 3,462
18. Loris Baz BMW 1:37,156 + 3,530
19. Leandro Mercado Honda 1:37,346 + 3,720
20. Kyle Smith Kawasaki 1:37,790 + 4.164
21. Hafizh Syahrin Honda 1:38,249 + 4.623
22. Oliver King Kawasaki 1:39.095 + 5,469

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