With just over 24 hours until the first MotoGP race of the year begins, we carry on our team previews, next up is Tech3 KTM.
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Tech3 experienced one of their best seasons in the premier class in 2020, with Miguel Oliveira picking up wins in Styria and a dominant victory in Portugal, proving the French-based team has what it takes to be at the front.
This year, Herve Poncharal’s squad have the experience of Danilo Petrucci to their advantage. The Italian has always shown he is a consistent rider in the top-ten, and after a tough 2020 campaign with Ducati, the 30-year-old will be determined to bounce back.
On the other side of the garage is MotoGP sophomore Iker Lecuona. The Spaniard had a quiet rookie season last year, finishing 20th in the standings, and will be looking to make his way up the grid in 2021.
The 21-year-old arguably has one of the best teammates to learn from, as Petrucci can provide his experience in the premier class to the youngster and unlock his potential on the KTM bike.
Since making the switch to the KTM engine in 2019, Tech3 have been a strong force, and 2021 could be more of the same. As long as the bike performs, it should be a good year for the MotoGP veteran team.
Herve Poncharal’s popular Tech3 team come into 2021 as Grand-Prix winners. The paddock stalwarts won in Styria and Portugal last year as Miguel Oliveira took the chequered flag on both occasions. With Oliveira’s success, a move to the factory KTM team beckoned.
While his departure is a blow for Tech3, their line-up still owns strong MotoGP experience as Danilo Petrucci joins them for this season. He will ride alongside talented youngster Iker Lecuona.
It is a big year for both riders; Petrucci is a race-winner, although he did struggle in 2020 as he finished 12th in the championship. His experience is critical if Tech3 are to maintain their performances of last year. The Italian must embrace the role of de-facto team-leader.
As for Lecuona, his career in the premier class is famous for its inconsistency and erratic style. Going up against a benchmark rider like Petrucci is the perfect test for Lecuona. The Spaniard must improve this year.