Tech3 to get 'something a bit different' at Assen?

Tech3 hoping to receive 'something a bit different' from KTM for Dutch MotoGP round at Assen.
Tech3 to get 'something a bit different' at Assen?

Tech3 boss Herve Poncharal is hoping riders Miguel Oliveira and Hafizh Syahrin will have some new KTM updates for this weekend's Dutch MotoGP round at Assen.

KTM not only joined its rivals for the official post-race test in Barcelona, but also returned for a private test at the track (alongside fellow concession manufacturer Aprilia).

"We’ve been following with big interest what they tested on Wednesday in Barcelona and we saw some nice pictures with different fairings, and I’m quite sure that there were more new things we couldn’t see," Poncharal said.

"Therefore, we are eager to listen to the comments of Pol Espargaro (pictured) and Johann Zarco, plus Mike Leitner.

"We also hope for us to get something a bit different for the next race.

"We had a good test on Monday with Miguel and Hafizh, but were just going through what we already have and working to understand our technical package better."

Oliveira and Syahrin are currently 17th and 25th in the world championship with a best race result this season of tenth place, by Oliveira, in Argentina.

"The Dutch GP is always quite special because it’s a very unique track," said the Portuguese rookie. "I have very nice memories from there, a couple of amazing podiums back in Moto3.

"It’s a nice circuit and I hope to be competitive this weekend. After the test on Monday after the Barcelona race, I feel we have made a step forward with the setting of the bike and the understanding of where we need to be."

Syahrin added: “I truly can’t await to arrive in Assen for the first session of the weekend, but above that for the race on Sunday, after we couldn’t finish the race on Barcelona with a technical issue. We all know it’s not going to be easy, but I really want to enjoy my weekend aboard the KTM RC16.”