Jerez Test - Day 2
29 November 2018
Syahrin and Oliveira conclude 2018 testing with new sensations
The ultimate day on track brought plenty of new knowledge for KTM Tech3 Racing with Hafizh Syahrin and Miguel Oliveira, both using their remaining time this year at the Circuito de Jerez to its best and improving on their feeling plus their fastest laps from Wednesday.
Syahrin spent his last day at school of 2018 learning the KTM RC16 intensely, experimenting with some settings and adapting further. Thereby, the talented Malaysian did 54 laps in the course of the day and progressed in terms of lap times. Yet, Oliveira also enhanced his feeling aboard the MotoGP machine, which was obvious in his lap times as the premier class rookie was strong 1.053 seconds faster than on day one.
Position: 23rd – Time: 1’40.520 – Laps: 54
“For me today has not been too easy. To be honest, we expected to improve our lap time a bit more, but we still need more rear grip to find decent traction. At the moment, I feel very good with the front tyre, which is really stable, but at the same time the rear is spinning. We tried many things, but didn’t find the ideal solution yet. Now we need to think about it to find something for the next test. Overall, the two days of testing were very positive, but we are a bit far from the top. Anyway, we work hard and try to improve step by step in 2019.”
Position: 24th – Time: 1’40.577 – Laps: 61
“On the last day of testing this year I was able to make a very big step compared to yesterday regarding the lap time, more than a second, so I’m happy for that. Again we understood more about the bike, about what is missing and I’m just glad that the team and me are going home with a clear idea of what we need to do on the bike and I think this is the biggest positive we took out from today. Merry Christmas!”
Jerez Test - Day 1
28 November 2018
Productive opening day of the final test in 2018 for Syahrin and Oliveira
For KTM Tech3 Racing with their riders Hafizh Syahrin and Miguel Oliveira 2019 pre season testing resumed today at the Circuito de Jerez. Both experienced a fruitful day stuffed with various new perceptions, although they were just able to go out on track around lunchtime due to cool temperatures in the morning.
While becoming acquainted with the KTM RC16, Syahrin did 51 laps and concluded the first of two test days in Jerez just 0.438 seconds behind factory colleague Johann Zarco. Hardworking MotoGP rookie Oliveira meanwhile lapped the circuit 61 times and missed out on his teammate by one second.
Position: 21st – Time: 1’40.630 – Laps: 51
“The first day here is already over and I have the feeling that we are going in the right way together with my crew to set up the new bike. We start to understand it step by step, the character and how to ride it. We did quite a good amount of laps and began to find out how the suspension works, what we can change about it and how we can use it. We believe that we could have improved the lap time if we would have changed the tyres again, but we saved them because I wanted to do a long run in order to simulate a race. Even by the end, my lap times were quite good. So, I’m very happy and I hope we can make another step forward tomorrow, trying to get closer to the top.”
Position: 23rd – Time: 1’41.699 – Laps: 61
“Today we rode here in Jerez de la Frontera for the first time. We made some good progress in the course of the day. We didn’t do huge steps, but went one small one by another. We were able to understand the bike better and better, found some things that are missing, which also refers to the riding side. Now we focus on improving tomorrow.”
Jerez Test - Day 3
25 November 2018
Foray completes electrifying first test in Jerez
Tech3 E-Racing together with Kenny Foray experienced a first ever MotoE outing at the Circuito de Jerez, which came to an end today after 69 laps and many lessons learned in the course of this weekend. Thereby, the French rider went out on a completely wet track for the first time today and developed an initial feeling with the Michelin rain tyres aboard his brand-new Energica bike. He concluded the day after 20 timed laps in seventh and the test overall with a fastest time of 1’51.883 in P7.
Position: 7th – Time: 1’54.163 – Laps: 30
“One more time today we had a lot of rain, so the first session was a bit difficult, because Id didn’t know the Michelin on the wet, but the grip was fantastic. For the second session, it was even better because it’s easy to push on the wet with a tyre like this and also the track offered a lot of grip. The last session was difficult, as there were many patches on track, plus we decided to try many things with the bike. I think we found a good solution, but now we have to wait until March for the next test to confirm it.”
Jerez Test - Day 3
25 November 2018
Bezzecchi and Öttl conclude first 2019 test confidently
With two days of Moto2 contact in their pockets, Red Bull KTM Tech3’s newcomers Marco Bezzecchi and Philipp Öttl experienced some first laps on wet tarmac today at the Circuito de Jerez before they completed the first test in preparation of the intermediate category 2019 with the series’ new Triumph engine and a brand-new KTM Moto2 bike.
While the Italian was learning his new working tool with P22 in full wet conditions this morning, Öttl was just 0.116 seconds behind his teammate in 24th. On a drying track in the afternoon, both went out again. Thereby, Bezzecchi set a fastest lap of 1’50.093 minutes to clinch P7, while the German Moto2 rookie did a 1’50.532, wrapping up the final day in P8.
Position: 7th – Time: 1’50.093 – Laps: 32
“Today we didn’t ride too much because of the weather, but we made some laps in the wet and some laps in almost dry conditions. In the wet, my feeling was quite good but to be honest, I expected a bit more. In the few laps we did in the afternoon, I tried to work further on my riding style and we made a practice start, which was very good.”
Position: 8th – Time: 1’50.532 – Laps: 36
“I think session in the morning was more clear, I felt good in the wet, even better than on the Moto3 bike in the past, which is very positive. I have the feeling that we are on the right direction. I can also transfer a few things from the wet to the dry, so I can say we made another step forward today. The test overall was good, we learned a lot and we found a decent direction.”
Jerez Test - Day 2
24 November 2018
Foray and Tech3 E-Racing make huge steps in Jerez
Tech3 E-Racing and Kenny Foray accomplished their mission to discover the brand-new Energica electric bike more and more in the course of the second official test day of the new MotoE World Cup at the Circuito de Jerez, although some rain shortened the action on track today. Despite doing just nine laps, the French rider was able to improve his lap time from Friday by impressive 2.53 seconds and concluded day two in seventh overall.
Position: 7th – Time: 1’51.883 – Laps: 9
“I think we already learned a lot yesterday, so this morning we tried a lot of things, especially on my riding style. We could see, that it was immediately better and I have the feeling the second day is always easier. We were beginning to work on the setting, but when the rain arrived we didn’t have any chance anymore to confirm it on track. So, the second and the third session were quite useless. In the end, we didn’t do too many laps, which is a pity. I really hope for good weather tomorrow.”
Jerez Test - Day 2
24 November 2018
Bezzecchi and Öttl progress on the second day of Moto2 testing in Jerez
The Red Bull KTM Tech3 duo of Marco Bezzecchi and Philipp Öttl made some positive steps throughout Saturday at the Circuito de Jerez, although the second day of their new Moto2 World Championship adventure was cut short due to some rain in the afternoon.
In a long first session Bezzecchi completed 29 laps and lowered his time from day one by 0.776 seconds. Thereby, the talented Italian also improved his position in the overall standings and his feeling aboard the brand-new KTM machine. Meanwhile Öttl lapped the Spanish track 34 times and eventually was 1.209 seconds faster than on his debut yesterday. As a result the young German closed up on his teammate and finished the day just 0.555 seconds behind him.
Position: 24th – Time: 1’43.652 – Laps: 29
“We had a quite positive second day, although we unfortunately didn’t ride too much because the weather changed. I was working even more on my riding style, which became better today. But still, we have to continue our good work in terms of riding style and also regarding chassis setup. All the team is very motivated and also KTM helps a lot. Tomorrow we will try to go faster.”
Position: 28th – Time: 1’44.207 – Laps: 34
“Today was better than yesterday and we improved quite a lot. In the course of the day, we were struggling a little bit with the front-end feeling, so we found something we wanted to try. Unfortunately, it was exactly the time when the rain came back, so we were not able to go out. It was a little bit unlucky, as I think we are in a good direction where everything is possible. Overall, I’m feeling good and can’t wait to be back on track tomorrow!”
Jerez Test - Day 1
23 November 2018
First day at Moto2 school for Bezzecchi and Öttl
Just a few days after the last Grand Prix of the 2018 season, the Moto2 World Championship was back on track for the first official 2019 test at the Circuito de Jerez today. Thereby, the newly formed Red Bull KTM Tech3 team was present with the intermediate class rookies Marco Bezzecchi and Philipp Öttl, who both together with their crew got a first taste of the new challenge.
While both highly motivated riders, Bezzecchi and Öttl went faster with each run throughout Friday; the newcomers started their adventure with a lot of work on their seat position and riding style, coming freshly from the Moto3 World Championship. After a damp morning and three further sessions in dry conditions, Bezzecchi concluded his first Moto2 day in 26th overall, while Öttl followed 0.988 seconds behind his new teammate.
Position: 26th – Time: 1’44.428 – Laps: 55
“This start has been quite good. We worked a lot on the bike because in the beginning the riding position and the balance of the machine were far from now. In the end, we went better and better. Unfortunately the track temperature dropped a lot when we just found our best condition of the day, but anyway, we discovered many important things for tomorrow. I know that I have to improve my riding style a lot, but overall it has been good.”
Position: 29th – Time: 1’45.416 – Laps: 54
“Today has been a very interesting day for us. We were learning the bike together with the team and I think in the end of the day, we found a good direction to go to for tomorrow. I was working a lot on my riding style, which I need to adapt to the Moto2 bike, as it is much bigger and a bit heavier than my previous machine. I think we can cope with this and overall, I have a good feeling.”
Jerez Test - Day 1
23 November 2018
Tech3 E-Racing initiates new adventure with Foray in Jerez
Tech3 E-Racing opened a new chapter of motorcycle history today with the first official test day of the new FIM Enel MotoE World Cup at the Circuito de Jerez. Thereby, Kenny Foray did his first laps aboard the brand-new electric Energica bike next to the majority of the 2019 field. The experienced Frenchman got some first impressions of his new work tool and concluded the opening day with a fastest lap of 1’54.413 minutes in P13.
Hector Garzo, who will compete in the new class under the Tech3 E-Racing banner as well, has to sit out the first test as he’s fighting for the vice title of the CEV Repsol Moto2 European Championship at the final round this weekend.
Position: 13th – Time: 1’54.413 – Laps: 30
“Everything was totally new for me today and I also didn’t know the track very well yet. So, the first laps I spent to learn the track and then I started to try to find a feeling, after being on a 1000cc machine all the time. Lap by lap, I enjoyed it more and more, but I know, I still have to work a lot on myself to adapt my style, especially to improve my corner speed and some other things. I have to admit, it’s not easy, but it’s a lot of fun!”
Valencia Test - Day 2
21 Novemeber 2018
Syahrin and Oliveira make huge steps on test day two
On the second and last day of the official IRTA test in Valencia, Hafizh Syahrin and Miguel Oliveira progressed significantly aboard their KTM RC16 machines. Following a partly wet opening yesterday, both KTM Tech3 Racing riders were able to put in some more kilometres on a dry Circuit Ricardo Tormo.
Syahrin, who’s just about to start his second season in the premier class, used the available track time well to get to know his new working tool better and better, which was obvious in his lap times as he went 1.225 seconds quicker than on Tuesday. Meanwhile, MotoGP rookie Oliveira approached the new category further and lowered his lap time by 1.32 seconds after 46 laps throughout his second day.
With the conclusion of this first test in preparation of 2019, the KTM Tech3 Racing crew is already on the way to Jerez de la Frontera to take part in the second official two days pre season test from next Wednesday.
Position: 22nd – Time: 1’33.008 – Laps: 43
“Overall, we had a decent test. I didn’t look at the lap time these two days, but tried to feel good on the bike, to get used to it and to understand the electronic. On the first day, until we didn’t touch anything on the bike, but this afternoon we changed some things on the front and the rear, which was positive. Later today, it was quite cold and we used the medium tyre. I had a small crash in turn 10, but I was in a good shape and had a good rhythm to understand the bike. We try to continue working hard and to understand, also for the team to learn the new electronic. I hope we have some great weather in Jerez and aim to improve with every session.”
Position: 24th – Time: 1’33.798 – Laps: 46
“Today we definitely made a step forward compared to yesterday and improved our lap time obviously. We did much more laps than yesterday and just continued to work on the bike. Toady we started to touch some areas, after we had basically the same bike throughout the day on Tuesday. Now we were able to make some changes. Because everything is new, it took the team a bit of time to make these changes and also to adapt my comments from what I wish to have from the bike, so it’s a learning curve for everyone in this particular situation. So far, it has been positive.”
Valencia Test - day 1
20 November 2018
Syahrin and Oliveira get their first taste of the KTM RC16
The curtain fell at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia shortly after lunchtime today for Hafizh Syahrin and Miguel Oliveira, when both tried the KTM RC16 for the first time during the first day of the official IRTA test in preparation of the 2019 MotoGP season.
Syahrin started to get a first feeling aboard his new machine, lapping the Spanish track 20 times, before the rain was back in the afternoon, which halted the action on track. On the other side, Oliveira, who is one of the rookies in the premier class, likewise gradually got used to his new working tool. With 33 laps, his first day at MotoGP school was cut short as well. Both, Syahrin and Oliveira can’t wait for Wednesday to continue their adaption.
Position: 24th – Time: 1’34.233 – Laps: 20
“I’m very happy to be in the KTM garage and part of this family. We were not able to do many laps today, because this morning the track was still wet and many riders were waiting. I did 20 laps and we planned to continue, but the rain suddenly came nearly two hours before the official end of the test, so we had no chance to do more laps on a dry track. At the moment, I have the feeling the bike is quite good in handling and more powerful, but obviously we need to change some things to adapt to my riding. Anyway, I’m very happy to be riding the RC16 and can’t wait to keep on working with it.”
Position: 25th – Time: 1’35.118 – Laps: 33
“I’m really happy to officially sit on the MotoGP bike for the first time. Everything feels obviously quite strange. We spent our runs on trying to get a sensation for the commands like the throttle, brake, gearing, also rear brake while trying to get an overall feeling for the bike, plus trying to understand a little bit how the electronic works. We were just getting the laps in, so I am happy for that. Obviously we were pretty slow, but I’m sure I’m getting my time to understand and make solid steps.”
Elf, a Total Brand, Partners KTM Tech3 for MotoGP and Moto2
World Championship Racing
Paris, November 20th, 2018 - The 2019 season will see the beginning of a new partnership between two legendary French names of motorcycle racing as Total, with its Elf brand, and KTM Tech3 join forces in the MotoGP and Moto2 world championships. This new three-year partnership is just as exciting and stimulating for the oil major as it is for the Grand Prix team.
Backed by its expertise and know-how in racing fuels and lubricants, Elf will support the Tech3 team next year in its new challenge alongside Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM. Tech3, led by Hervé Poncharal, will be responsible for helping to develop KTM motorcycles in its role as a junior team. The rider line-up comprises Miguel Oliveira and Hafizh Syahrin in MotoGP and Marco Bezzecchi and Philipp Öttl in Moto2.
Present on the Grand Prix circuit since 1973, Elf has always seen racing as a fantastic testing ground. The brand has contributed to the development of new technologies throughout all of its seasons on the track. This pioneer spirit and quest for high performance made Elf the natural partner for the trailblazing Tech3 team and KTM, which joined the MotoGP and Moto2 grids two years ago to develop new projects.
Pierre-Gautier Caloni- Vice President, Total Competition & Sponsoring explains :
"We are very pleased to announce that Total, via its Elf brand, will partner the KTM Tech3 team next year in both MotoGP and Moto2 racing. Behind the Tech3 team is a man – Hervé Poncharal – with whom we are very excited to be working. When he founded his team 30 years ago, Hervé Poncharal created an operation that has become a benchmark and a symbol among motorcycle Grand Prix competitors. The Tech3 team's dedication and professional attitude set the example – and for good reason. With Tech3, we will also have the opportunity to work with KTM, a young and ambitious manufacturer who is also European leader in the motorcycle market. I am certain that together we will obtain results that match our potential while continuing to develop our products and know-how."
Hervé Poncharal, KTM Tech3 Team Manager adds :
"For a team like Tech3 that is involved in MotoGP and Moto2 racing, it's an honor to sport the Elf logo – especially since we're French. I am truly very pleased to join forces today with a legendary name in motorsports. Beyond the brand and its history, I'm also talking about the
technology and quality of the products that have built Elf's reputation. More than a new partnership, this is a coming home, since Elf was Tech3's partner in 1995. That was the year Jean-Philippe Ruggia and Olivier Jacque raced for us in the 250 cc class. Later on, in 2001 and 2002, we moved up to the premier class with Elf's support. Most of all, Elf's special fuels and lubricants will help us raise the bar as we begin a new adventure with KTM. For Tech3, 2019 will be exciting in more ways than one."