Motorcycles KTM: Joy of higher temperatures and a productive training day

22:50  23 october  2020
22:50  23 october  2020 Source:   de.motorsport.com

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Compared to Aragon 1, the works and Tech 3 pilots get along better with the KTM at the Aragon 2 opener - intensive cooperation on Friday

After the four KTM riders In the MotoGP field 2020 at the Aragon Grand Prix last Sunday, all of them crossed the finish line outside of the top 10, the training day for the Teruel Grand Prix started off better in the same place.

Tech-3-KTM driver Iker Lecuona (8th) and KTM works driver Pol Espargaro (10th) are in the top 10 in the combined timesheet of the two Friday training sessions of the current race weekend in Motorland Aragon Things directly qualified for Q2. Their respective teammates Miguel Oliveira (12th) and Brad Binder (14th) want to catch up on this in FT3 on Saturday morning. However, there are currently a lot of big names outside of the top 10 s.

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Nevertheless: The KTM camp is happy with how it went on Friday. Because unlike a week ago, when low temperatures caused numerous falls, especially in the morning training sessions, this time productive work was possible right from the first training session.

"I had a slightly better feeling on the bike today. That's positive," said Espargaro. "It's not that we have found something really big. But especially with the medium tire for the front wheel, we have found something that should help us with a view to the race on Sunday."

Pol Espargaro © Provided by motorsport.com Pol Espargaro Pol Espargaro is pleased with the positive start to the second Aragon weekend


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"Our problem last week," Espargaro continues, "was that we were the medium- Always used the front tire in combination with the medium rear tire. For this reason, we could not build trust in the front wheel. That is why we are now this weekend trying the medium front tire in combination with the soft rear tire. "

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Espargaro explains that with this tire choice with the soft compound on the rear wheel, he still "only" achieved P8 in the Friday result: "I already had the soft tire on in the middle of the [FT2] session, not just for one at the end Time attack. It was just important to me to get a feel for the front tire with a decent rear tire. That worked quite well. "

As team-mate Binder explains, the four KTM RC16s were "all sent out on the track with slightly different settings on Friday morning. We just did that so that we could collect as much information as possible as quickly as possible".

Pol Espargaro, Brad Binder, Miguel Oliveira, Iker Lecuona © Provided by motorsport.com Pol Espargaro, Brad Binder, Miguel Oliveira, Iker Lecuona In FT1, the four KTM riders drove with slightly different attitudes


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According to Binder, the result of the teamwork is what Espargaro pointed out: "The feeling for the front wheel has improved. Even if the lap times are not yet fantastic, the overall feeling is much better. That will be noticeable in the race."

And Tech 3 pilot Oliveira notes in connection with the four different coordination programs in the opening training: "Because it is a little warmer this time, we can actually use the morning session to make some comparisons. That is positive."

Unlike Espargaro, Oliveira held back on Friday when it came to equipping the rear wheel with a soft tire. "I just wanted to save as many soft tires as possible for tomorrow and also for the race," explains the Spielberg winner, who is moving from the factory-supported KTM Tech 3 team to the KTM factory team in 2021.

Further co-authors: Gerald Dirnbeck, Mark Bremer. With images from

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