MotoGP 2021 season to be archived for KTM Tech3. Hervè Poncharal rejects Danilo Petrucci and Iker Lecuona: “It needed to be a step ahead however not”.
After a disappointing 2021 MotoGP season, Hervé Poncharal, along with the KTM leaders, has determined to revolutionize the line-up for 2022. Since final summer season they’ve promoted Raul Fernandez and Remy Gardner instead of Danilo Petrucci and Iker Lecuona. Not with out some veiled controversy on either side. Each Iker and Danilo felt somewhat pushed out with out having one other likelihood. The RC16 was unable to meet up with rival prototypes in 2021, each of which paid dearly for the technical hole.
The report card on Petrux …
In an interview with ‘Autohebdo’, the French supervisor underlines the difficulties encountered within the final MotoGP championship. “After our 2020 season, which ended with a victory in Portimao, nobody anticipated such an advanced begin to 2021. Danilo needed to adapt to the brand new bike, however he by no means left his mark on the KTM“. Petrucci proved too tall and heavy for the RC16 chassis, nothing was performed to accommodate him and, particularly within the second half of the World Championship, the main focus was on the manufacturing unit group. However Poncharal will increase the dose … “From the start he informed us ‘I am outdated, heavy and tall, it is tougher for me’. In truth, within the face of the brand new technology of pilots, whose driving fashion is tough to assimilate, his weight and top have performed towards him“.
… And on Lecuona
On the opposite aspect of the storage, Iker Lecuona additionally didn’t meet Mattighofen’s expectations. The Spaniard had competed with the orange colours already the 12 months earlier than, from subsequent 12 months he will likely be serving HRC in WorldSBK. “It was presupposed to be an enormous step up from his rookie season, however for a lot of causes it wasn’t“, Added Poncharal. “On a number of events he confirmed attention-grabbing issues throughout observe, however it has all the time been tough for us to materialize within the race. I stay satisfied that Iker is a wonderful driver, with a variety of expertise, however when you end up within the mid-season having to decide on Gardner and Fernández … the administration of KTM has decided“.
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