Miguel Oliveira dominated final 12 months’s Portimao race from pole place utilizing one of many two exhausting entrance tyres Michelin introduced for MotoGP’s first go to to the Algarve Worldwide Circuit.
Nevertheless, that tyre has been faraway from the allocation for 2021, which Michelin says was by unanimous choice from the riders final 12 months.
Oliveira disagrees with this and says the tougher tyres accessible proper now are “too delicate” for the KTM.
“Proper now, to not have the H [hard] entrance, the S tyre [as it is designated], for us is a big handicap,” Oliveira stated after ending Friday apply eighth.
“For us It was an excellent tyre, it’s true we and typically Aprilia had been the one ones to make use of this sort of tyre, and typically Honda as effectively.
“At this second we’re additionally the one one to make use of the tougher compound accessible, each within the first and second race, that we really feel is just too delicate.
“That may be a large handicap, we can not nonetheless perceive the choice to take out from the allocation the S tyre.
“Michelin is slightly bit in disagreement, they are saying it was the riders’ opinion. However the truth is we don’t have this tyre anymore.
“It was a tyre that was working okay with 30 levels observe [temperature].
“We come to a observe the place we attain simply 30 levels this time of the 12 months, and in addition we now have this tyre at Qatar the place we race at evening time [when it’s colder], and we don’t have it [the old hard] right here.
“So, it’s a contradiction that we now have this allocation.
“However we’re right here to compete. Everybody has the identical tyres accessible, for positive the tyres are suiting some bikes greater than others.
“So, it’s as much as us and discover one thing to so a saving job to have the ability to experience higher.”
Teammate Brad Binder was equally crucial of Michelin’s present entrance compounds, calling the removing of final 12 months’s exhausting entrance “an enormous drawback”.
“Yeah, for me it’s fairly clear that it’s positively an enormous drawback for us, as a result of the toughest entrance tyre we now have right here is approach too weak,” Binder added.
“It’s like bubblegum when braking on the entrance finish to corners.
“It’s actually troublesome due to that, nevertheless it’s what we now have and we’ll should play with the setting slightly bit and attempt to make it quite a bit higher.”