Motorcycles KTM Best Time on Friday: New chassis According to Oliveira not the Gamechanger
Binder: KTM losing concessions 'hasn't changed anything'
Brad Binder has dismissed suggestions KTM losing its concessions for the 2021 MotoGP season is the reason for its slump in form in practice ahead of the Qatar Grand Prix. © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Brad Binder, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM starts the 2021 season for the first time as a non-concession manufacturer, after it had its results-based benefits revoked for winning three races in 2020. This means KTM has not been able to carry out any private testing with its race riders since last August and will have to run the season with fewer engines than before while observing a development freeze.
KTM continued the upward trend of Mugello and Barcelona also at the beginning of the Sachsenring weekend. Miguel Oliveira finished Friday in Germany on the first place. And also Danilo Petrucci mixed with the top 10 for the first time and closed in the end as the eleventh. On the other hand, Brad Binder had difficulty to stop the extraordinary route.
Since Mugello, KTM goes with a new chassis. But that should not be the main reason for the trendy. "I do not know how much we really brings and do not think that's all," says Oliveira. "Small details are very strong in this class."
KTM scratches with Oliveira and Petrucci on the Q2: Top 10 missed by 0.030 seconds
Compared to the first Qatar weekend, KTM is much better running: Miguel Oliveira and Danilo Petrucci only shortly on the direct Q2 entry at FT2 to the Grand Prix of Doha prevented the tiny of 0.030 seconds that KTM managed to jump into the top 10. Miguel Oliveira landed on the thankless eleventh place. Also fast was KTM brand colleague Danilo Petrucci, which fails as a twelftry only by 0.055 seconds at a top 10 placement.
"That driver, which can best use these details, will be faster in the end. At the moment I can do that a little better than my teammates. But I do not believe that the chassis brings us so many benefits."
Miguel Oliveira: Chassis is not the Gamechanger
According to Portuguese, it is "misleading" to draw this conclusion to Mugello and Barcelona: "We have shown potential in training every race this year, but we could not implement it in the race. "
"Therefore, the illusion arises that we have been in front of Mugello at the front. But it is not. We are working and were something in the shade and not in the spotlight. That's why the impression arises that everything we brought to Mugello have a gamechanger. "
"That was not it, but it was a help, but it's not all," emphasizes Oliveira. "We have reached a point where we could improve the motorcycle in relation to the front tire. This is very important for the touring."
Tech 3 to remain KTM satellite MotoGP team through 2026
KTM has announced it has extended its satellite partnership with Tech 3 in the MotoGP world championship for five more years. © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Danilo Petrucci, KTM Tech3 Herve Poncharal’s Tech 3 squad ended a 20-year partnership with Yamaha at the conclusion of the 2018 season to join forces with KTM as it extended its presence on the MotoGP grid to four bikes. Running factory-supported RC16s, Tech 3 scored two of KTM’s three grand prix victories in 2020, when Miguel Oliveira took a sensational maiden win at the Styrian Grand Prix before dominating the season finale in Portugal.
"We can use a softer front tire and surely end the race. Otherwise, there are small things that we have optimized with this motorcycle since the winter." For Saturday, Oliveira's goal is to create it directly into the Q2 and conquer a good starting position.
Danilo Petrucci experiences best day with KTM
The Tech 3 team also has the new chassis at the Sachsenring for the first time. Every driver has a new and a previous chassis. Petrucci speaks from the best Friday this year. Also Iker Lecuona's residue was limited despite 17 borders.
"I am satisfied with the day," says "Petrux". "In the second training, I was constant in the top 10. In the end, it was only possible to eleven, but at the beginning of the session I was well on the way with the medium tire. For the first time this year I felt the motorcycle, it was felt the motorcycle My bike. "
"For the first time it is possible to move directly to the Q2. That would be important because overtaking here is difficult. I get a look at the motorcycle. For me, the KTM is a bit too small. For the first time I feel more of the front wheel "
KTM and Tech 3 agree on five more years in the MotoGP
© Motorsport Images since 2021 in KTM colors on the road: Danilo Petrucci in front of Tech-3-Team College Iker Lecuona KTM and Tech 3 will work together until at least 2026. This news announced the Austrian motorcycle manufacturers and the French MotoGP team as part of the Spain Grand Prix in Jerez. Since 2019 Tech 3 forms the KTM customer team. In the previous year, thanks to Miguel Oliveira, two MotoGP victories arrive.
"Since the first round, the motorcycle has felt very different. That's good." To the new chassis, Petrucci only reveals so much: "You do not feel a big difference, but the lap time is always better. That's good."
Brad Binder has on the Sachsenring trouble
greater trouble has binder, who drives for the first time with the MotoGP prototype on the Sachsenring. The South African ended Friday at position 15. "That was much harder than expected," gives binder too. "One comes with much more speed."
"How to stay on the gas to keep the speed without the rear wheel turns too strong is quite different. It was a learning process, in the end I felt a little better. At least I have a better idea now, what I have on the Route has to do. "
"I was not so bad here in the Moto2. Here you have to keep the turning of the rear wheel under control. I steered in the Moto2 on this route more with the rear tire. In the MotoGP, that's not such a good plan."
"Once the rear wheel turns through, it does not stop it anymore. I have the biggest difficulties in the curves 8, 9 and 10," calls Binder the third sector as a problem zone. "If I have solved that, I will be much more competitive."
as a reference serves his teammate Oliveira, which was already in Mugello and Barcelona much better than binder. The first MotoGP winner of KTM must also work in itself and his driving style. Oliveira shows how it works.
"Miguel was great today," Binder praises his teammates. "His times were very good with used tires. It is clear that he has made a step in the past races. That was a day again it is very good to have a fast team-colleague. You can check the data and check Understand how to improve. "
First season without concessions for KTM: Has that been noticeable so far? .
© Motorsport Images Since Mugello Mix Miguel Oliveira and KTM in the top field with thanks to the successes in the MotoGP season 2020 (three victories, five third places), KTM has lost the status as a "Concession Team". This means that only seven instead of nine engines can be used this year. The engine specification is also frozen. In addition, the regulars may test less. Wildcards are also limited to three. Only Aprilia is in the advantage of these exceptions.