Tech3 MotoGP podium target not "completely crazy" for 2020

Tech3 MotoGP team boss Herve Poncharal says it's not "completely crazy" for the KTM satellite to be in contention for podium or top five finishes in the condensed 2020 season

Tech3 MotoGP podium target not "completely crazy" for 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has forced the 2020 MotoGP season to be shortened to 13 rounds, although spaces have been left for flyaway races in November should they be possible.

The season will begin on 19 July with back-to-back grands prix at Jerez.

With bike development frozen for the entire grid for this year in a bid to keep costs low, performance gulfs are unlikely to emerge as the campaign progresses.

Entering its second year as a fully supported KTM customer with Miguel Oliveira and rookie Iker Lecuona, Poncharal believes surprise results could be possible with the grid likely to be "tight".

"I think the fact that we have so many races following each other is going to be an incredible sprint where speed, but also brain, will count a lot," Poncharal told motogp.com.

"What we can see is Sepang test and Qatar test, we had between 15 and 18 riders in one second.

"So, what you can see is that it's going to be an incredibly exciting season, open results.

"Clearly we know Marc [Marquez], Fabio [Quartararo], Maverick [Vinales], Andrea [Dovizioso], all these guys will certainly be in front.

"But the group is going to be tight.

"I was talking to Miguel and believe me, if we have a chance to do a top five, or we have a chance to fight for the podium - this is not completely crazy to say - this is a possibility, and if you don't dream big you never reach big."

PLUS: Why KTM's latest moves risk derailing its future MotoGP stars

Oliveira and Lecuona took part in the recent group private test at Misano, and Poncharal declared himself happy with how the RC16 is progressing.

KTM also confirmed its line-up for the 2021 season last week, with Oliveira moving up to the works team to replace Honda-bound Pol Espargaro, while outgoing Ducati rider Danilo Petrucci will partner Lecuona at Tech3.

Poncharal said after the news broke of Petrucci's placement at Tech3 that it proved KTM sees it as an equal rather than simply a customer outfit.

shares
comments
Lorenzo rubbishes rumours of Ducati MotoGP return in 2021

Previous article

Lorenzo rubbishes rumours of Ducati MotoGP return in 2021

Next article

Quartararo set for hearing on MotoGP testing rules breach

Quartararo set for hearing on MotoGP testing rules breach
Load comments

About this article

Series MotoGP
Teams AB Motoracing , Tech 3
Author Lewis Duncan
The impossible problem Honda faces with its 2021 MotoGP bike Plus

The impossible problem Honda faces with its 2021 MotoGP bike

Honda hasn’t enjoyed an easy start to the 2021 MotoGP campaign, despite gains last season which looked to have carried over into the pre-season. Now admitting it does have issues in serious need of resolving, it faces an almost impossible task in doing so

MotoGP
May 11, 2021
How Jerez underlined MotoGP's speed problem Plus

How Jerez underlined MotoGP's speed problem

The brutal nature of a series of crashes at Jerez has reopened the debate about whether current MotoGP speeds are beyond the safety limits of the tracks. But even if riders are supportive of the move, getting the manufacturers to find a consensus on how speed reductions should be achieved may be altogether harder

MotoGP
May 4, 2021
How a Crutchlow helped Miller to Jerez MotoGP redemption Plus

How a Crutchlow helped Miller to Jerez MotoGP redemption

Jack Miller’s tough start to life as a factory Ducati MotoGP rider left him mentally battered and bruised, but a pep talk and positive reinforcement from a surprising source aided the Australian to show his full potential with victory at the Spanish Grand Prix

MotoGP
May 3, 2021
What does Marc Marquez have to do to get back to his best? Plus

What does Marc Marquez have to do to get back to his best?

Following his resounding MotoGP return with a seventh place finish in Portugal, Marc Marquez now must work to rediscover his best form before turning his attention towards results-based targets

MotoGP
Apr 20, 2021
How Yamaha’s rookie-spec MotoGP star is taking charge Plus

How Yamaha’s rookie-spec MotoGP star is taking charge

Fabio Quartararo is on a roll in 2021, having stormed to victory at a venue where he last year served up one of his worst races. Contrasting Portuguese GPs for Yamaha’s factory duo make it hard to understand just how good its 2021 MotoGP bike is, but the Portimao weekend has revealed one key improvement compared to 2020

MotoGP
Apr 19, 2021
The hurdles Marquez faces next in his Portugal MotoGP return Plus

The hurdles Marquez faces next in his Portugal MotoGP return

Even by Marc Marquez’s own high standards, his MotoGP comeback on Friday at the Portuguese Grand Prix will be considered a success even if he didn’t top the times. But having shown competitive pace on his first day back, both Marquez and his rivals know plenty more challenges are to come

MotoGP
Apr 16, 2021
Where does Honda's new MotoGP signing sit ahead of its king's return? Plus

Where does Honda's new MotoGP signing sit ahead of its king's return?

Pol Espargaro’s first results as a Honda MotoGP rider may not appear special. But dig a little deeper and a clearer picture of his performance emerges. And, as Lewis Duncan writes, it’s cause for celebration at Honda with the return of Marc Marquez set to provide Espargaro with the reference he has been missing so far this year

MotoGP
Apr 12, 2021
The "pit bull" MotoGP rookie already drawing legendary comparisons Plus

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