KTM motorsport boss Pit Beirer says the Austrian MotoGP squad’s aerodynamic growth tie-up with the Pink Bull Components 1 workforce has been “refreshing”.
As reported by Motorsport.com earlier this yr, KTM – which shares a title sponsor in power drinks big Red Bull with the reigning F1 champions – has been working intently with the workforce to develop its aerodynamics packages for 2023.
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KTM managed two victories in 2022 courtesy of the now RNF Aprilia-married Miguel Oliveira and scored its highest factors tally within the constructors’ standings to complete fourth total.
But it surely didn’t make the identical step ahead with its bike as its fellow European manufacturers in Ducati and Aprilia, with Beirer admitting “we didn’t do sufficient on aerodynamics” as being one of many the explanation why it wasn’t as aggressive.
To allay this, KTM has been working with the Pink Bull F1 workforce at its Milton Keynes base within the UK to develop the RC16’s aero bundle for 2023.
Explaining to Autosport how this hyperlink up has labored, Beirer mentioned: “Tips on how to combine is sort of easy: they develop an aerodynamic bundle and we put it on the bike.
“I can’t inform you any particulars about how we work, however I can inform you it’s been a tremendous expertise for us.
“We’ve discovered some nice folks on their aspect, and for the reason that time we labored with them, it’s been so refreshing and the concepts they’ve, the skilled working fashion and the pure knowledge is unbelievable.
“So, we get pleasure from that relationship so much. That’s to not repair one fast factor, it’s undoubtedly a long-term programme the place they’ll assist us develop the aero of the bike.
“So, I’m very happy and I really feel this is a crucial a part of our future puzzle to have them on our aspect.
“In the event you look to the title of the venture, it says Pink Bull.
“So, it’s us collectively however we by no means actually opened the door to switch technology in that aspect. So, that’s actually new and that’s actually improbable in the meanwhile.”
Lately, F1 affect has crept its method into MotoGP, with Aprilia’s CEO Massimo Rivola previously a sporting director at Ferrari. Below his management, he has introduced engineers from the F1 paddock to the Aprilia venture.
And at Yamaha, it has instructed former F1 engine chief Luca Marmorini to assist with its personal motor for 2023.
However this bucks a development the place it has lengthy been seen that the F1 world and the bike world wrestle to mesh, because the strategy wanted to develop an F1 automobile and a MotoGP machine is wildly completely different.
Beirer warns that MotoGP groups can’t merely open their arms to help from F1 in bike growth because of the prices concerned, whereas additionally noting that MotoGP has to maintain its identification.
“We should be cautious as a result of in Components 1 you possibly can put one additional zero to any venture no less than,” he added.
“So, they work with fully completely different price range state of affairs and energy. So, the place we now have 10 folks, they’ve greater than 100. So, the end result could be very completely different.
“We should be very cautious as a result of wanting over to an F1 venture as a MotoGP supervisor is sort of a child in a sweet retailer.
“The whole lot you see is so cool and so skilled and also you need to carry it in. However in case you carry it in, to herald each element, you want 10 occasions the price range.
“So, that’s not real looking. So, that’s why we should be very cautious to attempt to not copy Components 1 in what we do in MotoGP.
“It’s a special world. Components 1 is Components 1, and I feel MotoGP mustn’t go in competitors with Components 1.
“We must always get pleasure from being the primary sport on two wheels. So, that’s why we’re on one aspect combating the laws in order that we can’t go too deep.
“However the laws are what they’re, so we now have to make use of what we will.
“I feel it’s refreshing to have some F1 folks within the paddock, however a motorbike just isn’t a automobile so you want to assume completely different.
“So, you want folks with a extremely open thoughts to adapt to the bike world, but in addition that’s attention-grabbing.
“We’re all racing maniacs, they love bike racing, we love Components 1. Sure, it’s good to have these F1 folks within the paddock however we should be cautious concerning the cash we use.”