Emotional farewell for Lecuona and Petrucci, 15th and 18th at #ValenciaGP
Iker Lecuona managed to score the last point of the year with Tech3 KTM Factory Racing at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo today for the Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana. After starting from P16, he concluded lap one in 18th position. Throughout the 27 lap encounter, the Spaniard remained calm and consistent to make up several places until he reached the top 15 for his last race in the MotoGP World Championship for the moment.
Danilo Petrucci on the other hand, likewise did a steady final round. Starting from P16 on the grid, he initially was back in 20th at the end of lap one. Riding conservative all race long, he could take advantage of some other riders crashing and crossed the MotoGP line for the last time in P18 until he jumps to a brand-new adventure together with KTM in the Dakar Rally.
Finally, I could finish the race, finish with one point, so I matched my goal. I struggled a lot, but we finished close to the top guys. I just want to say thanks to the team for these two years! I cried a lot, I enjoyed a lot, I learned, I improved, so I want to say thanks to the team and for sure to my family, friends, the spectators, who came here to push me and to see my last race. So, thanks to everybody! It’s not the last goodbye. To be continued…”
A huge thank you to everybody, everybody in KTM, everybody in Tech3 and generally everyone, who has been working with me. We tried our best. In this race, I just tried to enjoy until the last moment. I’m really thankful for everything. I just want to thank everybody! Now it’s time to rest a bit.