MotoGP Hervé Poncharal: “Miguel Oliveira reacts with great sensitivity and allergy to certain events”

Hervé Poncharal took note of Miguel Oliveira’s decision not to return to Tech3, his first love in MotoGP and marked by success. The head of Tech3 may have taken the Portuguese’s explanation the wrong way when he turned his back on this offer from KTM, taken as a kind of discredit. But the Frenchman still has an eye that looks beyond the hill. He knows his former driver and also knows how it works within the Mattighofen brand. So understand and don’t blame anyone. But it still makes you think…

In an interview with Speedweek, Hervé Poncharal looks back at this transfer market episode that ended the heralded end of their long relationship Miguel Oliveira i KTM. The Portuguese is a pure product of the sector created by the Austrian brand. And it is a priori a success: double vice-champion of the world, 16 Grand Prix victories, including four with the RC16, which makes him the most capable pilot of the Austrian MotoGP shield. However, it was decided that he no longer had a place in an official team that had decided Jack Miller. An arbitration that the Portuguese did not validate, even with all the guarantees of getting identical equipment to the Australian in his old team. Technique 3.

The boss of the latter understands and also wants to make people understand: ” I have a special relationship with Miguel “, he assures Poncharal. ” When I heard in Mugello that there was a possibility for him to come back to us after two years with the full support of the factory and the latest factory machines, with a decent and adequate salary, I thought that was a good idea “. But it was without counting on the sensitivity of the man: ” I understand Miguel. As a pilot you have to be selfish, you must have a strong ego. If we don’t believe in ourselves and don’t have some pride, we won’t succeed. “remember the tricolor.

Between Miguel Oliveira and KTM there had already been a misunderstanding that left its mark

I can’t speak for Miguel. But he thinks he’s better than Jack. I think it’s normal, you must be thinking, “If KTM rates Jack higher than me, then they’ve lost faith in me.” This could be Miguel’s thinking. I understand your attitude. He mulled over KTM’s offer for two days. And as we headed to the Mugello grid, Pit Beirer was informed by father Paulo Oliveira that KTM should no longer trust Miguel. I would have liked to have Miguel on the team. But I have to accept his decision “.

That said, there was a precedent, in 2019, that places the 2022 negotiations into 2023 and beyond as too much of a misunderstanding… Remember: John Zarco then unexpectedly throws his official contract in the basket, freeing up the RC16 that will eventually be made available to Brad Binder leaving Miguel Oliveira by plane. The latter had become angry and had been reframed because of it. A past that has counted in today’s events. Hervé Poncharal do not disagree: it can be seen that Miguel Oliveira reacts in a very sensitive and allergic way to these events. The second time it happened, he told KTM, “Forget me! “.

Human relations in KTM sometimes it seems complicated while within the manufacturer we like to say that we are a family. Lately, Iker Lecuona gave his more than mixed feelings about his experience with the orange brand, while currently it seems quite complicated Raul Fernandez and particular with Remy Gardner. Danilo Petrucci you don’t keep good memories either. But what “family” doesn’t have its problems? Meanwhile, if the rumor promises an Aprilia satellite in RNF a Miguel Oliveiranothing is signed, as there is nothing initialed between Pol Espargaro and Tech3…

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