Francesco Guidotti, KTM team manager, could not have expected a better start to the MotoGP season. Podium in Qatar with Bard Binder, victory in Indonesia with Miguel Oliveira who reaches his fourth victory in the premier class with the Mattighofen brand. “I am really happy for the team and the company. Everyone who worked on this project deserves this victory – explained Guidotti after the race in Lombok -. Miguel has been fast since Friday in all conditions or circumstances. Two races and two podiums with one victory: we are at a good point. What a great start to 2022“.
Binder 2nd in the MotoGP standings
At the end of the winter tests KTM seemed in trouble, having brought few updates in the two preseason releases, but working and deepening some of the most recent innovations of the RC16. Brad Binder is second in the championship, Miguel Oliveira is fourth, Red Bull KTM is now leading the team championship and KTM is leading the constructors’ championship for the first time! In the Indonesian GP, Binder’s performance was compromised by a defect in the holeshot device, but he took home an eighth place torn with teeth and talent and showing that he had made a decisive step in the wet. Before the race in Mandalika he had never scored points with the rain (with the exception of the race in Styria in 2021), which is why KTM sent him quickly on the track in the winter tests.
KTM, top-5 goal
Pit Beirer, director of KTM Motorsport, was amazed to see Oliveira jump from 7th to 2nd place after the start. “But in such difficult conditions, it is not the holeshot device that makes the difference, it is the driver who is formidable. We now have a competitive package, a super powerful engine for the start, but you have to combine it with the electronics and the height device. It’s like a clockwork working together“. It was an incredible performance for the Portuguese rider too, as he never shone in the wet. But don’t worry about mounting your head after just two GPs, the MotoGP objectives remain those of the eve of the championship: to bring a rider to the final top-5.
In each free practice session, KTM works on the details of the RC16 to improve step by step, a job that has so far been bearing fruit and lays solid foundations for the future MotoGP project. “But we are still on a thin sheet of ice – observes Pit Beirer at Speedweek.com -. We all need to keep our feet on the ground, stay focused and move on. We learned a lot during the winter. Now we must continue to work like this. If you have two drivers in the top five, you have a good chance that one will make it to the podium. This remains our goal. Finishing in the top five in MotoGP is an extraordinary result. If we continue like this, we will surely get good results“.
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