"KTM sells a lot of motorcycles, but the organisation is a lot easier to understand than the big Japanese companies and you know who is the boss," he said.

"I've already met Mr Pierer [CEO] and Mr Trunkenpolz [whose uncle helped establish the company, the 'T' in KTM]. You feel the warmth straight away when they hug you and say 'we are proud to have you with us, it's a big honour, we're going to do great things'.

"That is the feeling you are looking for and that we never found [in the past].

"So what I can tell you is that we are happy with our decision. We have a three-year commitment from KTM, Red Bull and Elf. We feel a big responsibility because of what these guys have invested in us.

"We don't want to disappoint anybody. We have time, but I know that doesn't mean a lot. Because in the end, in the racing world, you need to deliver."

But what does delivering actually mean for Tech3 in 2019?

Poncharal brushed off suggestions Tech3's focus will be on trying to challenge the factory team of Zarco and Pol Espargaro. Instead, top ten finishes while moving the RC16 closer to the front are a 'realistic' for three of the four KTM riders.

"I don't want to see us in competition with the factory team because we feel part of the same family," Poncharal said.

"Clearly Pol knows the bike better than anybody else and we know Johann is a guy that can make pole positions, front row, podiums and can win races. So the two factory KTM riders have got more experience and right now are faster than us.

"But we are not too far. Syahrin and Zarco are quite close to each other. Half-a-second. But what we want is to reduce the gap to the front guys.

"I don't want to speak for Pit Beirer and Mr Pierer, but the target is to be as regularly as possible in the top ten. Which is not easy, because you know how many full factory guys there are now.

"I had a little bit of time to go watch around the track [at the Jerez test] and nobody is slow! It's impressive and very close.

"2019 will be a season where we will learn - riders and team - how to exploit the maximum of our package and together with KTM pass the message about what we need for our riders to feel more comfortable and more competitive.

"Sure, winter testing is going to be a good step but by the first races we will still be discovering things.

"That doesn't mean we don't have ambitious targets, but we are realistic about the level of MotoGP, the bikes and riders. So top ten is realistic for three of the KTM riders - Pol, Johann and Hafizh. We want to give Miguel a bit more time to understand everything."

Having proven a match for the other MotoGP rookies on his way to title runner-up in Moto2, Poncharal has been impressed by Olivera's composure during a low-key Tech3 transition.

But he's also aware that the Portuguese star's patience will not be endless.

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