INTERVIEW: The present and future of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

Zarco, Espargaró, Oliveira and co share their thoughts before the Austrian GP.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing and KTM Tech 3 will look to make their mark on their home race this weekend, the Austrian Grand Prix in Spielberg. 

As MotoGP decamps to the Red Bull Ring, we caught up with the team’s riders to hear their varied thoughts…

Johann Zarco on going for pole position
“It’s possible to achieve a pole position. Under normal dry conditions maybe not as there are still some problems on the bike but in tricky conditions not everyone is ready to be super fast so it’s always an opportunity to catch them.”

Pol Espargaró on his quest for speed
“You can always be a little bit faster. It’s impossible to say you are fast enough. No one is fast enough. Until you crash, the limit is there. As the riders every time we’re improving, and the engine is the part we’re looking for [the most improvement].”

Miguel Oliveira on being analytical
“It’s not something that I make an effort to be. It’s about choosing a way in your life. It means maybe that it’s not that I have an upper hand but maybe I could then after my career proceed into another area I like. I don’t think it means anything right now on the track because, when on the track with your helmet on, you don’t need to speak but just ride fast.”

Brad Binder on his MotoGP step-up
“I’m super super excited to give MotoGP a go. It’s a dream move up to race on the best bikes against the fastest guys in the world. Other than that, It’s going to be a challenge in general. It’s not an easy step to take. I need to learn as fast as possible. The quicker I learn things and adapt to the bike, the better.”

Can Öncü on racing brother Deniz
“He’s very good in the fast corners and I’m better in the slow corners with hard braking and early on the throttle. In the circuit with fast corners, he’s faster than me. Sometimes he’s faster then me and he tells me where I’m slow. When I’m faster I tell him where to push more. It’s the same.”

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