December 3, 2023
Portimao MotoGP Check: KTM ‘not blissful, actually far, Binder stunned, Miller gradual’ | MotoGP

The 4 KTM riders had been left in the direction of the tail of the timesheets for a lot of final weekend’s take a look at, with solely an ‘insane’ lap by Brad Binder pushing the South African into ninth.

In the meantime, new team-mate Jack Miller was seventeenth (+0.941s), adopted by the GASGAS bikes of Pol Espargaro (18th) and rookie Augusto Fernandez (twenty second).

In an interview with, Guidotti mentioned: “We aren’t blissful. In fact we aren’t the place we [want to be]…. We face some sudden points. So we actually have to know this unusual behaviour and clear up it rapidly as a result of we actually are far.

“We all know we couldn’t shut the hole in a single winter, however then we miss possibly extra and now we have to know higher,” continued Guidotti.

“The rider feeling from Miller’s aspect will not be too dangerous, however remains to be gradual. He’s getting confidence and pace run-by-run however after all it’s nonetheless not sufficient.

“For Brad, it’s an enormous shock for him as a result of it’s not the bike he was used to driving and the sensation is totally totally different.

“We don’t have sufficient time to possibly clear up the whole lot, however for certain now we have to unravel one thing and provides the riders a greater package deal [for the first race].”

Whereas former Ducati race winner Miller insisted he’s getting extra comfy on the KTM with every day, Binder felt that enhancements to the turning of the RC16 have resulted in rear grip points.

“My feeling with this bike has been the identical since I rode it for the primary time at Valencia,” he mentioned at Portimao. “We’ve tried numerous set ups and various things. Some issues have helped me have a little bit of a greater feeling however I’ve one subject: we want rear grip.

“The bike is spinning quite a bit and after we brake we don’t have numerous contact. It’s one thing that has been fairly troublesome to unravel for the time being.

“The fellows did a terrific job discovering among the issues we’re searching for [for 2023]. The bike’s lighter, it turns a little bit bit extra. however it got here on the expense of numerous rear grip.”

As he ready to go away Portimao, Binder recommended a resolution to the rear grip woes will not come from set-up adjustments alone: “It wants {hardware}”

The 2023 season-opener takes place on the identical Portuguese circuit subsequent weekend.