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Technology Poncharal: "No difference at KTM between satellite and factory team"

11:10  30 june  2020
11:10  30 june  2020 Source:   de.motorsport.com

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Where satellite teams have one data engineer per rider – and in some cases, are forced share a data engineer between two riders – the factory teams have two For Poncharal , the most important factor is neither the difference in support, nor in the equipment available, but in the riders themselves.

Zarco is joining the factory KTM team for the 2019 season after two years on Tech 3-run satellite Yamahas. Poncharal , who also had Dovizioso as a rider in 2012, likened Zarco to the Italian regarding his attitude and bike development skills. In 2013, Dovizioso joined the struggling Ducati team and has

Tech 3 team boss Herve Poncharal praises the support from KTM - The fact that you will have Danilo Petrucci is proof of the close cooperation

since the MotoGP season 2019 the Tech-3 team around Herve Poncharal works together with KTM. Over the months, the cooperation became closer and closer, the drivers Iker Lecuona and Miguel Oliveira will start in 2020 with the same material as Brad Binder and Pol Espargaro. KTM emphasizes that you have four equal racing drivers - regardless of the team.

According to Poncharal, this is also confirmed by a look into the future: "The fact that we will have the most experienced driver with us in the Tech 3 team shows that there is no longer a satellite team and a factory team." Because next year Danilo Petrucci will be driving next to Lecuona in Tech 3 colors.

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Zarco is joining the factory KTM team for the 2019 season after two years on Tech 3-run satellite Yamahas. Poncharal , who also had Dovizioso as a rider in 2012, likened Zarco to the Italian regarding his attitude and bike development skills. In 2013, Dovizioso joined the struggling Ducati team and has

Hervé Poncharal is surrendered to KTM 's efforts in partnership with Tech3. The manager ensures that the goal of the austrians is to win whatever the team is, hence there is the same bike on the satellite and the official team . 'He [Pit Beirer] said he's proud to be with them…

"There are four KTM factory drivers with the same support and the same material," Poncharal emphasizes. "This shows how strongly KTM supports us, because that's not the case with all manufacturers." As a Yamaha customer, Tech 3 mostly had last year's bikes available.

A KTM rider should always be in the top 10

Switching from Yamaha to KTM was the right step for the French. Last week, all four KTM drivers tested in Misano for two days to prepare for the start of the season on July 19 in Jerez.

"During the winter test in Qatar, six brands were in a second. This is very promising," Poncharal says hopefully at 'GPRoundTable'. "But of course, winter tests are different from races. I think we should have a KTM driver in the top 10 in every race."

Herve Poncharal © Provided by motorsport.com Herve Poncharal

Herve Poncharal is optimistic about the future

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On Thursday KTM announced its full line-up for its works squad and satellite Tech 3 team , with Petrucci moving Petrucci and Lecuona are on factory contracts with KTM and will receive full support from the However, Poncharal insists there is no issue with optics, and says KTM management has

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"This is not easy at the current level in the field. The European manufacturers are smaller than the Japanese, catching up is not so easy. Still, I think we have a very good package. "

"We have made great progress with the chassis, the engine and the electronics. We have to wait and see whether it is enough to fight against the top. The KTM project is still very young. The more data and information you get, the more you can improve faster. "

"Four riders plus Dani made sure that the bike is a little friendlier to drive. Tire wear is also an issue. We haven't really been able to reproduce the times from qualifying in the races so far."

"We worked on the chassis, the engine and the electronics to get a slightly easier motorcycle to ride," says Poncharal. During the previous test rides, all riders praised the fact that the new bike is an advance in this regard.

The first races will show how good you are compared to the competition. Poncharal is optimistic about the medium-term future, because KTM already has a lot of new ideas in the drawer: "Before the Corona thing started, I saw what KTM had planned for the second half of 2020 and 2021. That was very exciting. Of course it was put off because we froze the technology. "

With images from LAT.

Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder: Why KTM relies on the two youngsters .
From 2021, two young and inexperienced drivers will be driving for the KTM works team - you continue to follow the plan and trust in talents that have been built up over years KTM has the drivers announced for the 2020 MotoGP season. Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira will drive in the factory team. Danilo Petrucci and Iker Lecuona form the duo in the Tech 3 partner team. All four pilots will receive identical material and support.

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