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Tech & Science KTM in Silverstone: Strong final phase of Oliveira, false tires at Binder

15:30  08 august  2022
15:30  08 august  2022 Source:   de.motorsport.com

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KTM driver Miguel Oliveira showed a strong final phase at the Grand Prix of Great Britain and conquered sixth place. That was the best result for the Portuguese since fifth place in his home race in spring. Brad Binder met the wrong choice of tires and became eleventh.

The KTM duo stood in Silverstone 13 and 14. Again, Q2 had been missed. "Our motorcycle has to get better in qualifying. This is 100 percent clear," emphasizes Oliveira. Qualifying KTM has cost better racing results for weeks.

"This is missing a quick round," Binder also confirms. "In this regard we are not at the same level as the competition. I started the fourth training session with used tires, many with new tires. When I ended the first run, I was fourth."

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The KTM RC16 is competitive in the racing trim, but not in qualifying. After the start, Oliveira sorted in tenth. For a long time he made his rounds behind Ageix Espargaro Aprilia. In the final phase, Oliveira's lap times did not collapse.

he had to let Enea Bastianini (Gresini-Ducati) go, but Oliveira first grabbed Aleix Espargaro and then Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha). In the last round, Oliveira overtook Alex Rins (Suzuki).

Miguel Oliveira © provided by Motorsport.com Miguel Oliveira

After the warm-up, the Portuguese decided on the right tire

Photo: Motorsport images

"The key was that I tried the hard tire in the warm-up. We had Our doubts, but it worked well. But it was too cool on the left, which is why we initially did not consider this tire. "

"I had all the information available and it was my decision. Since I had nothing to lose, I took the hard tire. The Ducatis also took the hard back tire. I thought it could work with a similar driving style."

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With this decision, Oliveira was spot on: "The last rounds were the result of this decision. It was a good race. Overall, it was a strong weekend." At the finish line, the gap to winner Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati) was only 2.7 seconds.

"If we had started a little further ahead, we might have been able to fight for more. Our qualifying sessions affect our racing results. I am very satisfied with sixth place. It is a good start to the second half of the season."

Brad Binder wants to learn from his mistake

teammate Binder finished eleventh. "I made the wrong choice of tires," he blames the fault. "After six rounds, it was clear to me that the middle rear tire was the wrong decision."

"When I realized it, I tried to manage the situation as much as possible. But I couldn't do anything because I lost so much in the right -hand bends. In the last five laps it was about sitting."

Brad Binder © provided by Motorsport.com Brad Binder

in Silverstone KTM drove a new exhaust

photo: Motorsport Images

"It is as it is. I made the mistake and know it better for the next time. . " Why did Binder decide against the hard rear tire? "I tried the hard tire in the warm-up and also felt quite good."

"But in some quick curves the curve was more difficult. I never had that with the medium tire, but I didn't drive a longrun with the medium. The next time I see the tire list and the majority rely on the hard tires, Then I should do that too. "

The Tech-3-KTM duo saw the target flag outside the World Cup dot length. Remy Gardner took 18th place. Raul Fernandez was 21.

with images of Motorsport Images .

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