KTM wants to move from screen

"The bike in 2020 has taken a big step and I feel confident to show my best on the track," said Iker Lecuona.


The Austrian manufacturer KTM has made this Friday the telematic presentation of its teams for the MotoGP world championship, in which it will have four riders for the 2021 season, in addition to representatives in both Moto2 and Moto3, and in which the maximum that have been raised is that "it is time to achieve another level" .

If already in 2020 they achieved their first victory with the South African Brad Binder and were fourth in the constructors' classification, after adding three best practice times, nine podiums and three victories (the first for Brad Binder and two for Miguel Oliveira), in What will be their fifth season in the MotoGP "paddock" they hope to greatly improve those results.

In the KTM line-up for the 2021 season, whose presentation was led by Sporting Director Pit Beirer and Technical Manager Mike Leitner, will be the South African Brad Binder, 25, and the Portuguese Miguel Oliveira (26) in the official team, in addition to the Italian Danilo Petrucci (30) and Spanish Iker Lecuona (21) in the satellite team led by French Hervé Poncharal.

"In general, 2020 has been a season in which I think we have achieved a lot, some good results and obviously the first victory - or the first KTM victory - has been the main thing. But there were also many days in the that we had the potential to do so much more, "recalls KTM RC16's first grand prix winner Brad Binder.

"Sure now the margin is a little smaller to try to improve, but I think as the season progressed last year, even though we had a little downturn in the middle of it, things got better," explains Binder.

"I felt that I was improving, not only because of the results, but because of the way of approaching the weekends and going session to session. Right now I think we have a very, very strong package. We are in a good direction and I am very excited to get back on the bike this year, "says the South African rider.

The Portuguese Miguel Oliveira, comes to the official team from the Austrian manufacturer's own satellite team and therefore states that "surely to be world champion you need to have many details together at the same time and for that, depending on how the season goes and Whatever happens, we can generally find success through this new project. "

"Sometimes a fourth place will be a very good result and sometimes a second may not meet our expectations, but we have to work on that process and right now, as a starting point, I am thinking a lot about establishing a bar of results that we can consider successful ", says Oliveira.

"Being better than in 2020 is already a good start. It is quite a relaxing factor to know that the bike is capable of winning, but at the same time you cannot take anything for granted and when it comes to repeating success it becomes more difficult, so I don't see it as a static job, "continues the Lusitanian pilot.

"I think that every year we have to contribute something on our part to maintain a very good level and I feel able to work more on the details in a factory team and be more consistent because we have the tools that the team will give me. factory and I have full conviction in my work ", stressed Miguel Oliveira.

For his part, the Italian Danilo Petrucci is the new addition of the Austrian manufacturer after a series of years as an official Ducati pilot, so he can contribute some of his experience with the Italian manufacturer in what is his tenth year in the category of MotoGP.

"I am proud to race for KTM, the Tech3 KTM is one of the most competitive teams we have in MotoGP since last year they won two races, so I am very happy to ride with them, as well as knowing that we have all the support from the factory and a really nice environment, "says Petrucci.

"I am very, very curious to test the bike and I want to bring some of my experience to this factory since I know many race situations that can occur during the year and also the other three riders are all very fast and very competitive," he assures Italian.

"Maybe I am the 'most experienced' but I want to be faster than them or I want to fight with them and share our opinion so that the bike grows because in the end I will be satisfied with the season and make all the people of KTM and the factory has to be our goal. Being fast is what matters most ", emphasizes Danilo Petrucci.

Spanish Iker Lecuona is the youngest of the team and is facing his second season in MotoGP, although he remembers that "this winter I have worked very hard in my preparation because MotoGP is a very physically demanding category, and you have to be in perfect condition".

"In 2021 I want to start at the same level I reached at the end of last season and then we will see how it goes, although we must not forget that everyone is strong and the level in the category is very high, but my team is working hard Well, the bike in 2020 has taken a big step and I feel confident to show my best on the track, "said Iker Lecuona.

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