Danilo Petrucci has said that the balanced nature of the Jerez track will help Tech3 in developing the KTM RC16 after a difficult opening three rounds.
The first two circuits that MotoGP have been to were Losail and Portimao. Both are similar in design, full of medium speed turns with one very long straight. Jerez is nothing like that. A renowned testing venue for bikes and cars alike, the fluctuations in speed, radius and length of the turns, plus the straights just long enough to test top speed make is a great development track.
Danilo Petrucci hopes these characteristics of the Jerez track will help to develop the Tech3 KTM after a terrible first few rounds. It was recently revealed that KTM needed to extend the wheelbase of Petrucci’s bike so his larger frame could fit. Petrucci is 11cm taller and 10kg heavier than any of the other KTM riders, and as such needs a vastly different setup on the bike, which he hopes Jerez running can provide.
“I’m very happy to ride my bike again at a different track. Jerez is a quite difficult, but very interesting circuit. Normally, we always test there a lot and due to the nature of the track with many slow and many fast corners and also hard braking areas, it’s the ideal place to work on the bike.”
“Therefore, I hope we can continue to improve our setup there in order to be faster. I’m really looking forward to ride in Jerez and I will do everything to improve our position and the bike in general.”
Tech3 scored the first points of 2021 at Portimao, but it is widely known that the team is suffering from a straight line speed deficiency, as is the works KTM team. Jerez doesn’t have the 1km long straights, which KTM hopes should help. Tech3 boss Herve Poncharal has been in the news recently, publicly stating his discontent at Iker Lecuona’s lack of pace, giving him the hurry up as his seat is under pressure from Moto2 star Remy Gardner.
Lecuona said in an interview recently:
“This weekend in Jerez, I know that I need to continue to work hard and I need to improve a lot. I hope I can regain my good feeling with the bike from last year finally. There’s not very much to say but I need to improve the level of my performance this weekend at the Jerez circuit.”
KTM had pace at Jerez last year, and Tech3 will hope the sweet-handling bike will give them an upper hand come Sunday, May 2nd.