Lecuona suffered a fractured T12 vertebra and sacrum following a heavy tumble in educate final weekend in Mandalika, ruling him out of the remainder of the Indonesia round.
With an estimated restoration time of 1 month, it had already been clear that Lecuona received’t be in a put of abode to be conscious out his first season in WSBK, and the 22-year-outdated rider has returned to earn beefy effectively being.
His put of abode in Honda’s factory team will seemingly be taken by Nagashima, who will seemingly be a part of incumbent Xavi Vierge for the final three races of the campaign at Phillip Island.
It follows the 30-year-outdated making a handful of outings in MotoGP on the succor end of the season, first as an HRC wildcard at Motegi after which instead for injured Takaaki Nakagami at LCR in three rounds, including Phillip Island.
“I’m really gratified to compete in the final WorldSBK round because this is also my first journey of the series and I’m both irregular and taking a see forward to it,” talked about Nagashima.
“At the the same time, I need Iker a rapidly restoration and hope he’ll be succor rapidly. I’m going to strive to aid the team with the bike, collecting as great data as likely for the long move and doing my most effective to take pride in this opportunity.
“As I talked about, it’s my SBK debut so I don’t know what to expect and the weekend schedule is moreover recent to me nonetheless I’m in a position to find going!”
Nagashima, a one-time speed winner in Moto2, tested the Honda Fireblade earlier at Misano in June, coincidentally when Vierge was as soon as unavailable due to a hand damage.
He moreover led Honda to a dominant victory on the Suzuka 8 Hours this year on the persistence version of the CBR1000RR-R alongside Lecuona and Takumi Takahashi.
Tetsuta Nagashima, Crew LCR Honda
Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Photos
Honda sits fourth in the championship going into Phillip Island, applicable three points some distance flung from BMW, as both producers strive to preserve some distance flung from ending the year on the underside of the standings.
Vierge talked about he is wrathful by the probability of racing in Australia after move restrictions averted WSBK from holding races at Phillip Island at some stage in the outdated two years.
“We have now come to the final round of the season, and I will no longer image any better put of abode than Australia. I really fancy the Phillip Island be conscious and overlooked it so great when the pandemic averted us from racing right here.
“So I’m wrathful to sail, my operate being to round out the year on a high, maybe top five or even better. The climate is commonly a set a query to designate, because it could maybe perchance alternate so rapid and dramatically right here. I am hoping this is also dry, because when it rains right here it’s generally reasonably frosty too, nonetheless we are in a position to adapt to any wretchedness.”