The official KTM factory team did not have many changes in their colors and graphics, continuing with a good part of the bike with the colors and graphics of Red Bull. The novelty was made by the Tech3 team, which presented a completely orange motorcycle, with the ‘KTM’ logo highlighted on the sides.
Brad Binder, (# 33, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing): “2020 in general was a season in which I think we achieved a lot, some good results and, obviously, with the first victory – or the first KTM victory – being the main But there were also many days when we had the potential to do a lot more. Certainly now the margin is a little lower to try to improve, but I think that as the season went on last year, even though we suffered a small drop in the middle, things got better and better. I felt that it was improving not only in the results, but in the way the weekends approached and session by session. At the moment, I feel that we have a very, very strong package. We are in a good direction and I’m really excited to get back on the bike this year. “
Miguel Oliveira, (# 88 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing): “To be sure of being a world champion you need to have many details together at the same time and for that, depending on how the season is going and what is happening, we can usually have success through the project. Sometimes, a 4th place will be a very good result and sometimes a 2nd place may not meet our expectations, but you have to work with this process and now, as a starting point, I am thinking hard to define a pattern of results that we can be considered a success. Certainly being better than 2020 is a good start. It is a very relaxing factor to know that the bike is capable of winning, but at the same time you cannot take anything for granted and when it comes to repeat success it gets more difficult, so I don’t see it as static work. I think every year you need to bring something ‘up’ on your side to maintain a very good level in this championship. I feel like I can work most in the details in a factory team and at least be more consistent. I think these are the tools that the factory team will give me. I have full conviction in my work ”.
Danilo Petrucci, (# 9 Tech3 KTM Factory Racing): “It is my tenth year in MotoGP and to ‘celebrate’ this I will race for KTM and I am very proud of it. Tech3 KTM Factory Racing is one of the most competitive teams we have in MotoGP. Last year they won two races, so I am very happy to be racing with them. We have all the factory support we need and in a really pleasant environment. I’m very, very curious to try the bike and meet the Tech3 team. I want to give back some of my experience to this factory. I know many race situations that can happen over the course of a year and all three other drivers are all very fast and very competitive. I’m the ‘most experienced’ but I want to be faster than them or I want to fight with them and share our opinion to let the bike grow. At the end of the day being satisfied with the season and making all the staff and the KTM factory happy: that’s the goal.”
Iker Lecuona, (# 27 Tech3 KTM Factory Racing): “This winter I have been working hard on my preparation because MotoGP is a physically demanding class and you have to be in perfect condition. In 2021 I want to start at the same level I reached for the end of the season and then we’ll see how it goes. They are all strong, the level in the category is very high, but my team is working very well, the bike in 2020 has taken a big step and I feel confident to show my best on the track ”.
Anyway, the MotoGP 2021 season currently has 19 Grand Prix confirmed, and will officially start on March 5 in Qatar with a test day reserved for rookies and test riders.