KTM had a torrid time within the Qatar double-header, with Binder and teammate Miguel Oliveira languishing exterior the highest 10 in 14th and 13th within the Qatar GP. Though Binder improved to eighth within the Doha spherical, Oliveira struggled to 15th.
At Portimao, the place Oliveira dominated on the RC16 in 2020, Binder emerged better of the KTMs in fifth having began from 18th – however was unable to get entangled within the podium battle – and Oliveira crashed on his strategy to ending 16th.
KTM’s struggles this season emanate from Michelin’s entrance tyre allocation, which is proving to be to be too mushy for the RC16 – with both factory riders unhappy at the decision from the tyre supplier to remove the front option which received final yr’s Portuguese Grand Prix.
Binder, who ran the symmetric medium entrance as an alternative of the uneven arduous at Portimao, says KTM nonetheless wants to seek out one thing on the front-end however doesn’t really feel the marque’s state of affairs at current is as unhealthy because it appears.
“I positively really feel like we want one thing on the entrance, for positive,” he stated.
“I do really feel like there’s one thing there we might enhance. It’s clear the primary three races haven’t been what we needed, for positive, it’s been super-tough for us.
“However I believe the essential factor is to maintain actually working at it and I believe we are going to get it proper.
“The quantity of mind energy we’ve right here in KTM is large and I’m positive they’ll determine it out. I hope prior to later, however we’re not in a horrible place anyway.”
Binder says KTM did make a small enchancment on the front-end in Portugal, however notes he presently must be “super-cautious” underneath braking and within the first a part of turning – two areas the KTM wants to use to make its lap time.
Whereas bettering this stays the main focus, Binder additionally concedes KTM has to just accept the state of affairs with the tyres and adapt to it.
“We actually battle slightly bit with the softer compound however we’ve executed a bit of labor on the bike to assist ourselves out and I believe we made a small step for that,” he added.
“However the issue is we should be very, very cautious on the entrance; you’ll be able to’t brake super-hard and throw it in as a result of it does simply disappear on you.
“It’s a tough state of affairs in the intervening time however we’re working arduous to attempt to adapt our bike to make it work.
“For race tempo we’ve positively discovered one thing, however we simply have to attempt to make a step for that one-lap tempo.
“We did play with the front-end slightly bit. Nothing too loopy to be sincere, simply attempt to make it a bit steady for us.
“That’s about the one change we’ve made, it’s very near what we’ve been utilizing. It’s simply extra accepting what we’ve and making an attempt to work with it.”