MotoGP
28 Mar
Event finished
04 Apr
Event finished
R
Portugal GP
18 Apr
FP1 in
4 days
R
Spanish GP
02 May
Race in
20 days
R
French GP
16 May
Race in
34 days
R
Italian GP
30 May
Race in
48 days
R
Catalan GP
06 Jun
Race in
55 days
R
German GP
20 Jun
Race in
69 days
R
Dutch GP
27 Jun
Race in
76 days
R
Finnish GP
11 Jul
Race in
90 days
R
Austrian GP
15 Aug
Race in
125 days
R
British GP
29 Aug
Race in
139 days
R
Aragon GP
12 Sep
Race in
153 days
R
San Marino GP
19 Sep
Race in
160 days
R
Japanese GP
03 Oct
Race in
174 days
R
Thailand GP
10 Oct
Race in
181 days
R
Australian GP
24 Oct
Race in
195 days
R
Malaysian GP
31 Oct
Race in
202 days
R
Valencia GP
14 Nov
Race in
216 days

KTM has “taken a hard blow” by Qatar MotoGP tyre allocation

Brad Binder feels KTM has “taken a hard blow” by Michelin’s front tyre allocation for the opening two Qatar MotoGP races, ahead of this weekend’s Doha Grand Prix.

KTM has “taken a hard blow” by Qatar MotoGP tyre allocation

The entire MotoGP field were forced into running the soft front tyre during last weekend’s season-opener at Losail due to the dropping temperatures of the evening race.

This is a compound KTM has typically struggled on in the past, with its preferred hard option not viable for the conditions.

Binder’s team-mate Miguel Oliveira took a swipe at Michelin after ending last week’s Qatar race 13th, one place ahead of the South African.

When asked on Thursday ahead of the Doha GP if he shared Oliveira’s frustrations, Binder said: “It’s not good for us at the moment, but for sure there are many people who aren’t feeling 100% happy with the way things are.

“But I honestly don’t know anything of what’s going to happen during the season [with tyre allocation].

“All we can do is really take things day by day and see.

“At the end of the day the tyre we’re brought are what you get and you can’t really change that.

“So, we have to do our best with what we have.

“But for sure I feel like we’ve taken a hard blow here in Qatar, because if we can’t finish a race distance on the soft and the medium option doesn’t work and the hard option, there’s not enough temperature.

“So, what do you do?”

Read Also:

Binder added: “It is frustrating for sure, because unfortunately the soft front tyre for us, I had it, it was destroyed with nine laps to go.

“With nine laps to go I was thinking ‘how am I going to finish the race?’, which is difficult.

“But the problem is, I fell off four times in the test and every time I fell off – except for the first time – was on the medium front tyre, which just isn’t working.

“The strange thing is the hard front tyre seems to be working much better for everybody than the medium.

“But the hard is obviously not an option when there’s no track temperature at night, so we’re forced to use the soft front tyre which obviously isn’t ideal for us at all.

“I didn’t realise how much trouble we were in with the front tyre until halfway through the race.”

shares
comments

Related video

Doha GP ‘not a must-win’ for Ducati MotoGP rider Miller

Previous article

Doha GP ‘not a must-win’ for Ducati MotoGP rider Miller

Next article

Morbidelli: No clear cause of Qatar MotoGP woes found

Morbidelli: No clear cause of Qatar MotoGP woes found
Load comments

About this article

Series MotoGP
Author Lewis Duncan
The "pit bull" MotoGP rookie already drawing legendary comparisons Prime

The "pit bull" MotoGP rookie already drawing legendary comparisons

MotoGP’s 2021 rookie crop is one of the strongest in recent years, but one is already standing out. Jorge Martin’s Doha GP heroics have courted many to compare him to numerous MotoGP legends. Autosport spoke to Pramac boss Francesco Guidotti to find out why MotoGP’s latest Spanish star is already making such an impact

MotoGP
Apr 9, 2021
Why MotoGP's stewards must revisit Miller and Mir's Losail clash Prime

Why MotoGP's stewards must revisit Miller and Mir's Losail clash

Despite Suzuki’s decision not to appeal against Race Direction’s refusal to penalise Jack Miller following the incident with Joan Mir in Losail, something must be done to avoid a repeat of such an incident, which could have easily ended in tragedy

MotoGP
Apr 6, 2021
Why MotoGP’s top gun looks more dangerous at the Doha GP Prime

Why MotoGP’s top gun looks more dangerous at the Doha GP

Lightning hasn't struck twice for Maverick Vinales since 2017 and his wayward form of recent years makes predicting how he'll fare each MotoGP race weekend tricky. But fresh from his Qatar GP win, Vinales looks like an even more dangerous prospect for the Doha GP following an intriguing Friday practice.

MotoGP
Apr 3, 2021
Why MotoGP’s new Amazon Prime series is long overdue Prime

Why MotoGP’s new Amazon Prime series is long overdue

OPINION: MotoGP is getting its own version of Drive to Survive on Amazon Prime at some point in the near future. It was news welcomed by the grid’s leading riders. And following the impact DTS has had on Formula 1, MotoGP desperately needs the same boost.

MotoGP
Mar 31, 2021
The key changes behind the latest 'return of the Mack' Prime

The key changes behind the latest 'return of the Mack'

Maverick Vinales’s authoritative victory at the MotoGP season opener came during a period of personal and professional change for the Yamaha rider. Can it be the springboard for a title challenge?

MotoGP
Mar 29, 2021
Why Lorenzo needs to ditch social media and enjoy retirement Prime

Why Lorenzo needs to ditch social media and enjoy retirement

OPINION: Jorge Lorenzo's status as one of the greatest MotoGP riders of all time is hard to dispute. But his constant social media spats with fellow riders and insistence on listing his achievements to his detractors are running the risk of tarnishing a legacy he worked hard to create.

MotoGP
Mar 20, 2021
Can leaving a factory team end Rossi’s MotoGP win drought? Prime

Can leaving a factory team end Rossi’s MotoGP win drought?

It is over three-and-a-half years since the Italian national anthem rang out to declare a Valentino Rossi victory in MotoGP. To some onlookers his move out of the factory Yamaha squad meant the 2017 Dutch TT could remain his final win, but after an encouraging transition at Petronas SRT hope is far from lost

MotoGP
Mar 19, 2021
What Marquez will we get on his much-needed MotoGP return? Prime

What Marquez will we get on his much-needed MotoGP return?

As Marc Marquez’s comeback draws nearer, the six-time MotoGP world champion will have the eyes of the motorsport world on him to see if his incredible speed returns instantly. How Marquez deals with this could be key to both what he and the wider grid faces in 2021

MotoGP
Mar 15, 2021