Factory KTM riders Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira had their first taste of the 2022 bike, testing the prototype in the mid-season Barcelona test.
Mike Leitner, KTM’s team manager, said they tested a “prototype of the future” in the Barcelona test, plus refining the RC16, which Oliveira used to win the Catalan Grand Prix on Sunday.
“We looked further at the race bike chassis and also had one extra machine that was more of a prototype for the future,” Leitner said. “We are more than happy with the outcome of what we could do here.”
This new machine has been undergoing extensive testing by MotoGP race winner Dani Pedrosa, but the riders confirmed the bike was unlikely to see the light of race day until at least 2022.
“I think that’s more focusing on next year, to be honest,” Binder said, after being asked of the new bike. “It was just really to have our first impression of it and see exactly what we think so far. I think it’s still far from where it’s going to be, but it gives us a good idea of what’s been going on.”
“There were a couple of prototypes, also parts and we just sorted tested them to get a comparison,” Oliveira said. “Most of the things have already been tested by the test team and Dani so we were just confirming or getting also our opinion on it and getting the job of just reporting the feedback on the track for the guys.”
Oliveira is the lead KTM in the championship, having won in Barcelona to lift him to seventh. However, due to KTM’s poor start to the season, he is still 61 points behind title leader, Fabio Quartararo.