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The RC16 is the most recent bike on the MotoGP grid, with KTM making its debut in 2017.
Within the house of 5 years, KTM went from the again of the grid to successful 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 preventing 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 totally different, with the RC16 the one motorbike 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 otherwise the South African was making time from lap to lap.
“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 way in which that he rode, nut Binder was like every lap was totally different.
“One lap he was stepping into [to the corners] very quick, subsequent lap he was stepping into slower however exiting very quick. So, nonetheless the KTM – particularly behind Binder – I don’t perceive.
“However they’ve an excellent engine, he was stopping the bike loads with the rear tyre and likewise he was very quick on the finish of the race.”
Pol Espargaro, Repsol Honda Group, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Group, Brad Binder, Crimson Bull KTM Manufacturing facility Racing
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The Qatar GP threw up some attention-grabbing outcomes, with a year-old Ducati successful 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 teammate Pol Espargaro – who completed third – will likely be contenders.
“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 all the time we’re totally 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 at present, that had been Bastianini and Pol Espargaro, who had been quick and will likely be contenders for the championship.”