KTM thanks Oliveira for contribution with RC16

KTM thanks Oliveira for contribution with RC16
KTM thanks Oliveira for contribution with RC16

KTM thanked Miguel Oliveira’s contribution to the development of the RC16

Photo: KTM / Grand Prix


KTM took advantage of the announcement of Miguel Oliveira’s move to RNF Aprilia in 2023 to praise and thank the Portuguese for his contribution to the development of the RC16. Mattighofen’s house extolled the intelligence, talent and professionalism of the Pragal driver.

The Austrian brand tried to keep Miguel in the “family”, transferring him to Tech3, which today is a satellite team, but which next year will have factory team status with the arrival of GasGas in MotoGP. Despite the proposal of the Spanish brand of the Pierer Mobility group, Oliveira opted for a change of scenery and decided to sign with Aprilia to race for the RNF.


Miguel Oliveira (Photo: KTM)

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The move marks the end of a relationship that started in 2017 with KTM, when still racing in Moto2. Before, even without formal ties with the brand, Miguel had already raced with Austrian bikes in the smaller classes, as happened in 2008, in the Red Bull Rookies Cup, and also in Moto3.

In 2019, the Portuguese jumped to MotoGP with the brand, at the hands of Tech3, and was the first athlete to have climbed all the steps of the KTM scale in the MotoGP World Championship: Rookies Cup, Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP.

It was only in 2021 that Miguel arrived at the KTM factory team, to team up with Brad Binder, who had reached the official structure before, which he disliked right away. The relationship with the brand took a new hit earlier this year, when the Austrians offered to renew the contract, but asked him to be open to a return to Hervé Poncharal’s side.

At the time, Oliveira was unaware of the plans for the arrival of GasGas and refused the offer, claiming that he was keen on his place in the factory structure. Pit Beirer, head of the sporting division of KTM, GasGas and Husqvarna, still tried to battle it out, but the rider chose to change airs.

KTM MotoGP boss Francesco Guidotti stressed that the team will always be grateful for Miguel’s contribution to the development of the RC16 and listed the rider’s qualities.

“We were very lucky to have a driver with Miguel’s intelligence, talent and professionalism in the factory team,” said Guidotti. “Once we were able to create the right package for him, he showed his class and brought some important contributions to the development of the RC16. This is something we will always appreciate. Thank you Miguel.”

Beirer, in turn, assured that Miguel’s absence will be felt by the Mattighofen household.

“A big thank you to Miguel for everything he has brought to our MotoGP program and for all the strong values ​​he represents. He has gone through the KTM system but he has also helped to make every step valid and competitive by being on the podium 36 times and winning 16 victories for us, four of them in MotoGP”, pointed out Beirer. “The victory in Austria in 2020 was simply incredible and only improved by the dominance and emotion in Portugal later in the season. He really showed the younger riders the ‘orange way’ along the MotoGP pyramid. He is a complete professional, a A family man and he will be missed in our part of the paddock. We wish him all the best for his future in MotoGP.”

In 2023, KTM will have Binder and Jack Miller on the official team, but it has not yet defined who will be Pol Espargaró’s partner at GasGas.

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