The RC16 is definitely an outlier in the recent MotoGP grid, because it is the only design not to utilise a traditional aluminium twin spar frame and the omnipresent Ohlins forks.
KTM also began with a’screamer’ engine in 2017, but it switched to a’big bang’ shooting sequence this season before developing a counter-rotating crankshaft variation in the center of 2018.
But while KTM has copied its rivals in terms of engine design,” Beirer states the team won’t move so far as ditching its distinctive design of chassis and WP suspension.
“That’s not feasible,” Beirer said when asked by MotoGP.com’s Simon Crafar if KTM could countenance switching into an aluminium chassis or alternative new fork.
“We came far with our own development, which is a complete bike utilizing suspension too [made] in our class, and tubular frame.
“It’s brought us success in every single discipline, so we will stick for the because we now have the widest knowledge around this stuff we’re using.
“There are some places where we do lap-times that Marc Marquez did 12 months ago.
“The whole MotoGP class is developing [like] crazy, everybody makes steps forward. But if you said years ago KTM could make a machine one year after Marquez almost at the exact same rate, I wouldn’t assume it. But we did this.
“This means the bike includes really a large grade, a terrific quality. But we’re talking about MotoGP, it is the most difficult class in motorcycle racing.
“We have to succeed in what we now have, and we will do it”
Espargaro: Remaining gains will take”lots of time”
KTM kicked-off its 2019 effort in Qatar with a 12th place for Pol Espargaro and 15 th for new-comer Johann Zarco, who is making the movement across in Tech 3 Yamaha.
Espargaro said he was encouraged in order to complete only 1-2 minutes behind race winner Andrea Dovizioso, but cautioned that shutting the remaining part of the gap into the front runners is likely to be considered a expensive and timeconsuming practice.
“It doesn’t look as electronic, it looks like mechanical traction,” explained Espargaro around the main thing preventing KTM from fighting up this purchase.
“when you have to get mechanical traction this costs plenty of money as it costs a great deal of developing, a lot of new stuff coming, a lot of testing.
“We are far better, but we have been comparing against Honda who’s been many years, and they are taking this 0.3s per lap in those places.
“It’s maybe not so much, but I think it’s going to cost a good deal of time”
Johann Zarco, RedBull KTM Factory Racing
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