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Motorcycles KTM in start series two and three: Best qualifying of the career for Brad Binder

14:15  19 march  2022
14:15  19 march  2022 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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"I feel that we have made a step forward in qualifying," nods Miguel Oliveira After the qualification for the second MotoGP race of the season 2022. On the new Mandalika route, both KTM drivers have qualified directly for Q2. Finally, Brad conquered Binder Startplace four and Oliveira rank seven.

In the starting position, both are thus right behind each other. "That's my best MotoGP qualifying," says binder about his good starting position. Already in Qatar, the South African has shown that he can be with a good start in the top group.

A big topic were in Indonesia the rear tires of Michelin. Compared to the test in mid-February, the quota was changed. There are tires used with a stiffer carcass. This tire was used for the last time in Thailand 2019.

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Honda and Suzuki have great difficulties with this "old" tire. At KTM, this is not an issue as Oliveira holds: "We have developed the motorcycle since 2020 with the new carcass."

"I see no reason why the motorcycle should not work with the old carcass. It is another tire. Of course we have to adapt a few things, but our motorcycle is currently working with any tire."

This tire with the stiffer carcass offers a little less grip. That could be problematic in the race, Binder believes: "The tires work okay and wear is not crazy either. But the tires offer little grip on the corner input."

"If you throw the motorcycle into the curve, then you have no support from the rear tire. You have to exercise a lot of pressure on the front tire and one directs virtually only with the front wheel. That will be the key in the race."

And what is possible for KTM in the race? Can binder fight for win two weeks ago? "Difficult to say how my pace is. I do not know what happened, but the fourth training was a disaster from the beginning to the end." Details did not call binder.

Even Oliveira does not dare prophecy. After the fall in Qatar, a target arrival is its ultimate goal: "My Pace looks good, but I do not know how the true potential looks like. I was in every workout in the top 10 and think that will be our placement tomorrow. "

The tech-3 rookies differed in Q1. Raul Fernandez qualified as 21st and Remy Gardner as 22.

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