This factory KTM and Tech 3 team presentations took place this morning. Petrucci and Lecuona’s bikes sport high-impact graphics
The Ducati presentation is followed up with that of KTM, as the Austrian manufacturer unveils the brand new 2021 RC16 and introduces the teams that will take to the MotoGP world championship tracks this season.
Riding for the factory team are Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira, while team Tech3 fields Danilo Petrucci alongside Iker Lecuona. And the Mattighofen-based manufacturer is proud to present its 2021 project on social media.
In the video presentation, KTM Motorsport Director Pit Beirer does the honours, taking to the stage alongside KTM race manager Mike Leitner to introduce the two riders who will compete with the factory RC16 machines this season, or rather Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira.
“2020, in general, was a season where I feel we achieved a lot, a few good results and obviously the first victory being the main thing – commented Binder - At the moment I feel that we have a really, really strong package. We are working in a good direction and I am super excited to get back on the bike this year." Team-mate Miguel Oliveira is also keen to get started with the factory KTM: “I can’t wait to start. I feel I am able to work more on details in a factory team and to at least be more consistent. I think these are the tools that the factory team is going to give me. I have full conviction in my work."
While the factory RC16 retains the same colours as last year, the Tech3 livery boasts more high-impact graphics. The typical KTM orange now appears more ‘shocking’, giving the bike a unique and unmistakeable look.
Tech3 team owner Hervè Poncharal was on hand to present riders Danilo Petrucci and Iker Lecuona. While the Italian is very pleased to embark on this new adventure, young Lecuona has said that he can learn a lot with Danilo in the garage. Petrucci comments: “It’s my tenth year in MotoGP and to ‘celebrate’ this I will ride for KTM and I’m very proud about this. Tech3 KTM Factory Racing is one of the most competitive teams we have in MotoGP. Last year they won two races, so I am really happy to race with them. We have all the factory support we need and I want to fight with the others and share our opinions to help develop the bike".
Translated by Heather Watson