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MotoGP: KTM battles weather at Brno test

“The team has done very good work since the last test and there was a noticeable improvement” – Randy de Puniet.
KTM conducted its latest MotoGP test during a two-day outing at Brno in the Czech Republic.

Mika Kallio and Randy de Puniet were present to ride the RC16, but were confined to the pits by bad weather on day one.

Thursday then saw sunny conditions, albeit very cold.

“Yesterday aside, we can be satisfied with the progress we achieved today,” said Kallio. “We adjusted our program again for the second day and tried a few things in terms of ergonomics, as well as more work on the engine and the mapping.

“Unfortunately, with only a constant ten degrees air temperature it was too cold for good grip, but we have a clear plan for the next test and we know what we have to do to improve.”

de Puniet added: “Despite [the conditions] we still managed to do a lot of work on the traction control, the engine brake and the chassis. The team has done very good work since the last test and there was a noticeable improvement. We're improving test for test, I feel very well in the team and I hope they feel the same about me.”

Former Repsol Honda MotoGP crew chief Mike Leitner, now Vice President Onroad at KTM, also insisted that the team is making clear progress ahead of an expected wild-card entry at Valencia, then full time debut in 2017.

“The team markedly increased the performance and there were no problems,” Leitner said. “Following both tests at the beginning of the year, everyone came to the circuit even better prepared and they were all very focused on their tasks.”

Nevertheless, technical director Sebastian Risse confirmed there is a slight backlog of items to test due to the weather.

“As we have not yet arrived at the sunny side of test conditions, we still have a lot of things on our test program. This means we must listen all the more closely to what our riders demand, and set priorities.

“We are currently paying very close attention to the electronics and the feeling for the tyres. What we need for the fine tuning is now really ideal circuit conditions to be able to find out what will make us more constant, and above all, faster.”

Brno marked KTM's third test of the year. Bradley Smith is confirmed as one of KTM's 2017 riders, with the remaining seat still to be announced.


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exloko

April 29, 2016 12:15 PM

honestly, i always think that development riders deserve some true honest wildcards, but those two Kallio & DePuniet deserve a whole year aboard, at least in satellite with equal machinery... B.Smith is fresh young force, but who will be the other?



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