KTM requires ‘aggressive’ style, says MotoGP rookie Oliviera

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Red Bull Tech3 KTM MotoGP rookie Miguel Oliviera believes the RC-16 needs to be ridden in an aggressive, Marc Marquez-style in order to work properly.

The youngster, who finished only two seconds behind works rider Johann Zarco in Austin, says the bike difficult to turn which is why you see Pol Espargaro making all sorts of shapes with it.

“I believe the way to ride is to be a bit more aggressive, as we see Pol on the brakes especially because it is not that easy to make the bike go into the corner,” said Oliviera.

Pol has his unique way of riding the bike and also set-up-wise it is a bit different from me. That is one of the ways to ride the bike, a bit more Marquez-style.”

Unlike Espargaro, Zarco and team-mate Syahrin, the Portugese rider hasn’t had to adapt from a different brand of MotoGP bike, coming directly from Moto2, and he thinks this is an advantage.

“I haven’t ridden another one rather than the KTM, so for me it is quite simple, for Johann and maybe Pol even less because it is his third year with the KTM, but for Johann it’s even harder because he is used to another bike and another way of riding.

“That is one of the things, which I believe is an advantage, is that I have no means to compare my bike to other MotoGP bike.”

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