10 Lugio 2017


MotoGP | Championship | Sachsenring | Germany | Grand Prix | Kallio | Rc16 | Espargaro | Smith | Red Bull | KTM

It is not just a debut that, by regulation, allows new builders to experience more details to find competitiveness, rather than a true sports philosophy. The two orange and blue KTM-branded wheels begin to climb up the standings both in racing and qualifying and, as is often the case, when weather conditions upset team plans, those who have less to lose can try to hit. Already during the qualifying on Saturday, complimenting the plentiful wet track, the lesser power, or perhaps the best ability to handle it, the RC16 made the difference: Pol Espargarò won seventh in the grid at a time when MotoGP is part Of the result of the race is the son of the starting position. And despite the different climatic conditions and the track on Sunday, which might have meant restoring performances, the two official riders (Espargarò and Smith) and the Kallio test driver (for this great prize wins the third rider for the race) The grand prize bringing home the first two points and especially miles of experience behind the big ones. Eventually Espargarò finished in thirteenth position, followed by Smith (fourteenth) and Kallio (sixteenth), ending a weekend that Mike Leitner (Team Manager MotoGP) called "amazing for the project". The irredent ranking is a relative jumble map in this franchise of real experimentation for a project that, in addition to being new, also uses technical elements that are virtually unique in today's MotoGP landscape such as the trellis tube frame. This is how Espargarò and Smith are twentieth and twentyth respectively, with the possibility of consolidating and improving the positions. "Honestly it was a fantastic weekend - said Pol Espargaro - where we did a good job in qualifying, but in fact the team has done a really good job since the beginning of Friday. The bike worked well from the start , But surely you can always improve and I'm sorry I can not beat Petrucci. We have to be happy this weekend with no gum problems in the last lap and finished after 30 laps at less than 30 seconds from the winner. " More technical commentary on the weekend of the weekend by Bradley Smith: "After a disappointing Assen, we came back to something familiar, tested, tested, and with which I felt good, although in the race I had a bit of an acceleration in the first laps. This is an area where I personally have to work to have a good feeling with the bike. Overall it was a great weekend for us and the whole KTM project where we learned a lot with three riders on the track. But the good thing is that we will all move to Aragon for two days of testing and to continue the progress. " Also Mika Kallio, KTM tester and third pilot driver for the Sachsenring race, issued statements at the end of the race: "I enjoyed playing back on the bike to run even though I've been away from the races for a while. The start and the first bends with all the riders are not easy to handle but it's been very good. When I saw that I could keep the position and then take the kids I felt very happy with the pace we had. It's a shame that we could not finish ahead with the best lap time I made (12th) better than Valentino, Pol and Bradley. I think we could have been in the group where it was Pol if it was not for the front row problem after halfway; It would have been nice to finish there. The next time will be better".

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