Miguel Oliveira dominated final yr’s Portimao race from pole place utilizing one of many two laborious entrance tyres Michelin introduced for MotoGP’s first go to to the Algarve Worldwide Circuit.
Nonetheless, that tyre has been faraway from the allocation for 2021, which Michelin says was by unanimous choice from the riders final yr.
Oliveira disagrees with this and says the tougher tyres obtainable proper now are “too delicate” for the KTM.
Brad Binder, Pink Bull KTM Manufacturing facility Racing
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“Proper now, to not have the H [hard] entrance, the S tyre [as it is designated], for us is a large handicap,” Oliveira stated after ending Friday follow eighth.
“For us It was an excellent tyre, it’s true we and generally Aprilia had been the one ones to make use of this type of tyre, and generally Honda as effectively.
“At this second we’re additionally the one one to make use of the tougher compound obtainable, each within the first and second race, that we really feel is just too delicate.
“That may be a big handicap, we can’t nonetheless perceive the choice to take out from the allocation the S tyre.
“Michelin is just a little bit in disagreement, they are saying it was the riders’ opinion.
“However the reality is we don’t have this tyre anymore.
“It was a tyre that was working okay with 30 levels monitor [temperature].
“We come to a monitor the place we attain simply 30 levels this time of the yr, and likewise we’ve got 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’ve got this allocation.
“However we’re right here to compete. Everybody has the identical tyres obtainable, for certain 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.”
Staff-mate Brad Binder was equally crucial of Michelin’s present entrance compounds, calling the elimination of final yr’s laborious 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’ve got right here is manner too weak,” Binder added.
“It’s like bubblegum when braking on the entrance finish to corners.
“It’s actually tough due to that, but it surely’s what we’ve got and we’ll must play with the setting just a little bit and attempt to make it loads higher.”