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Motorcycles development of the KTM RC16: Miguel Oliveira harder than Johann Zarco?

16:15  11 january  2021
16:15  11 january  2021 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team has completed the roll-out of the KTM RC 16 . Parallel to this, there will be intensive further development on the KTM RC 16 at KTM factory in Austria’s Another tight Moto3™ battle saw Danny Kent miss out on taking the title again, Miguel Oliveira

Miguel Oliveira und Johann Zarco gerieten in der Saison 2019 aneinander © Motorsport Images Miguel Oliveira and Johann Zarco clashed in the 2019 season

Pol Espargaro's move to Honda gives Miguel Oliveira the chance to join the works team at KTM. He becomes Brad Binder's teammate. Last season Oliveira won the Styrian Grand Prix and his home Grand Prix in Portimao with his Tech-3-KTM. Crew chief Paul Trevathan is curious to see whether Oliveira will take another step in the works team.

Pol Espargaro © Motorsport Images Pol Espargaro

"Miguel is a very intelligent man. I know him very well. In the 2015 season I was responsible for KTM's race track support and looked after him and Brad on the Ajo team So the driver pairing won't come as too much of a surprise for us, "commented Paul Trevathan.

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KTM celebrated its second MotoGP victory in the space of two weeks with Miguel Oliveira ’s brilliantly judged first-ever success at the Red Bull Ring KTM made history in Brno, Czech Republic yesterday as Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Brad Binder sensationally clinched the Austrian manufacturer’s first

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Miguel Oliveira © Motorsport Images Miguel Oliveira

"I'm curious to see if we can get more out of Miguel than he has already shown. That was pretty good," notes Trevathan. "I'm looking forward to the challenge and I'm curious whether we can get the same level or even more."

Great expectations of the new addition to the works team

predecessor Pol Espargaro made it into the top 5 of the drivers' championship in his final KTM season, although, unlike his brand colleagues Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder, he couldn't win a race. Oliveira will be the KTM rider with the highest expectations in the new season.

Is the Portuguese ready to take over from Espargaro? "I think he's ready for it. He'll have to keep learning to cope with the stresses Pol had. The pressures will be different," said Trevathan.

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KTM heads into its third year of premier class competition with a refreshed rider line-up, with Johann Zarco joining Espargaro, and a new satellite team, Tech 3, to accelerate development of the RC 16 . Zarco was the quickest of the Austrian marque’s riders in last week’s Sepang test, ending the final

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There is a lot to be expected from Oliveira, especially when it comes to development. KTM has already seen how things are not going with Johann Zarco, who left the team after six months in the 2019 season to realign himself.

What went wrong with Johann Zarco

"Johann thought he was coming here and everything would be served on a tray. He didn't realize that he had to make decisions himself", Trevathan looks back. "We can give the drivers more tools, but it's about the work to make things better."

"When we tested with Pol in Sepang, for example, he drove every (six) days and could only concentrate on himself when we gave him a fresh tire," reports the KTM crew chief. "Otherwise he tried different things on the motorcycle."

"Every test is about an assessment of what is better, what works better and what should be used for the rest of the year. This workload is immense. I am curious to see how Miguel will handle it when he leads us", so Trevathan.

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