By Ricardo Ferreira on 19 November 2021 19:29
Without much time to rest after the end of the MotoGP 2021 World Championship, Miguel Oliveira finished today in Jerez de La Frontera a first test with a view to the 2022 season.
Driving the KTM RC16, the Charneca da Caparica driver spent two days at the famous Andalusian circuit, completing an intense testing program defined by the Austrian brand and where the two official drivers logically assumed the global share of testing and analyzing the new components that KTM engineers have created for your MotoGP bike.
Miguel Oliveira performed over these two days a total of 130 laps, 74 of which were recorded yesterday and 56 passes over the finish line today. His best lap was signed throughout this second day, when he made a pass in 1’38.085 on board his KTM RC16. At the end of an intense and demanding journey, the balance was above all enlightening as to the path to be followed.
‘It took two days of testing in difficult conditions, we always had a lot of wind on the track, so the advances we had on the bike in some parts didn’t translate into lap times. At least in terms of sensations and data, we’ve noticed improvements and now the work is on the factory’s side to give us a better bike. We have a clear idea of what we need to improve for next season and, therefore, this December will be very important for them. The team worked intensively all day – and I want to thank them for that – and we are now looking to the future so that, in February, we can start working with a more competitive bike.’
Miguel Oliveira thus definitively closes his sporting year, with his return to the tracks scheduled for the next 5th and 6th of February, when the championship returns to testing in Sepang, Malaysia.