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Motorcycles: ktm on friday in the top 10: harder tires require still work

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kTM presented himself on the first training day for the Grand Prix of Indonesia on the new Mandalika route Competitive. With four tenths of a second residue, Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira ended the Friday on the squares eight and nine.

"It was a good first day," nods Oliveira. "I felt competitive in both trainings. In the morning, the route relationships were not perfect, but still we were strong. We worked well in the afternoon." I was immediately fast. "

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The focus was also on KTM on the rear tire. Compared to the winter test in mid-February, Michelin has changed the quota to a harder carcass so that the rear tire does not overheat. "The changed carcass of the rear tire makes it pretty different," says Binder.

of the World Cup second specifies: "There is much less grip on the corner input. Therefore, the motorcycle is difficult to delay." In addition, the confidence is missing at the corner input. With the soft rear tire binder felt clearly comfortable, the problems were barely available.

"The stiffer carcass", also agrees to Oliveira, "absorbs less and you feel that there is less grip. That's why we have to customize the motorcycle for this tire to work for us." It's as expected. "

As one of a few drivers, the Portuguese also tried the hard front tire in afternoon training. Is that a good tire for KTM? "We're still thinking about it. I have not felt a lot of grip at the front. The hard front tire is really hard. I'm open."

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Q2 The goal for Saturday

the engineers work on the vote. On Saturday you will probably drive more with the medium tires. Both Oliveira and Binder hope that they keep their positions and qualify directly for Q2. Because overtaking maneuvers could be difficult in the race.

"The Ideallinie is still very narrow," Binder describes the reason for it. "It helps that the Moto3 and Moto2 are here too, because they drive something different lines. In the morning I was shocked something, how dirty the track was still."

"The route will get better during the weekend. But it's so hot here. The stretching temperature is over 60 degrees Celsius. You do not see that often. I have overtaken two people and it was at the limit."

"You have to overtake directly next to it, otherwise you get into the dirt. Overhaul will be difficult in the race. You have to be clever, because you can make a mistake very quickly." Therefore, in Mandalika, the starting position becomes more important than usual.

the tech-3 rookies were outside the top 10. Raul Fernandez and Remy Gardner occupied the positions 17 and 18.

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