The RC16 is the latest bike on the MotoGP grid, with KTM making its debut in 2017.
Within the area of 5 years, KTM went from the again of the grid to profitable races by 2020, with the marque’s tally standing at 5 victories following two success for Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder final season.
Regardless of its two wins in 2021, KTM endured a largely tough marketing campaign however have seemingly turned issues round in 2022, with Binder combating for victory in Qatar earlier than ending simply shy in second having certified seventh.
Of all of the bikes on the grid, the KTM is essentially the most completely different, with the RC16 the one bike constructed round a metal trellis body and WP suspension.
Having adopted Binder for a while within the season-opening Qatar GP, six-time MotoGP world champion Marquez says the RC16 is a motorcycle he nonetheless doesn’t perceive given how in another way the South African was making time from lap to lap.
“I imply, it’s the bike that I perceive least,” Marquez mentioned after ending fifth in Qatar.
“I understood [race winner Enea] Bastianini [on his Gresini-run 2021 Ducati], the best way that he rode.
“However Binder was like every lap was completely different.
“One lap he was getting into [to the corners] very quick, subsequent lap he was getting into slower however exiting very quick.
“So, nonetheless the KTM – particularly behind Binder – I don’t perceive.
“However they’ve a very good engine, he was stopping the bike rather a lot with the rear tyre.
“And in addition he was very quick on the finish of the race.”
Pol Espargaro, Repsol Honda Group, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Group, Brad Binder, Purple Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Racing
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The Qatar GP threw up some fascinating outcomes, with a year-old Ducati profitable the race whereas its 2022 manufacturing unit counterparts all struggled.
The 2021 Qatar-winning producer and reigning world champion Fabio Quartararo additionally struggled, whereas pre-race favorite Suzuki had grip points which hindered its race.
Marquez feels Qatar is simply too “particular” a monitor to make any championship predictions from, however is satisfied Bastianini and Honda team-mate Pol Espargaro – who completed third – might be contenders.
“I imply, we’re within the first race and I mentioned already that the primary race is particular and notably right here in Qatar,” Marquez added.
“Right here in Qatar it’s a race monitor that at all times we’re taking a look at completely different outcomes right here, and final 12 months Maverick [Vinales] and [Fabio] Quartararo had been very quick, and [Johann] Zarco additionally was very quick and within the season was not quick sufficient.
“However I consider I noticed two guys immediately, that had been Bastianini and Pol Espargaro, who had been quick and might be contenders for the championship.”