Commenting on the situation around the KTM teams in MotoGP for the French edition, Tech3 Racing boss Herve Poncharal explained the abrupt change of position of Miguel Oliveira in June 2022 in relations with Mattighofen: the Portuguese ego is hurt.
Miguel Oliveira will part ways with the KTM factory team at the end of the 2022 season, despite long-standing, almost “kindred” ties with the Austrian project and Finnish Ajo Racing. Oliveira has been performing at KTM almost from the very beginning of his career, he was a factory pilot of the factory in GP125 and Moto2, and then moved to the factory MotoGP team together with his partner Brad Binder. But in 2022, relations with the plant deteriorated sharply, and Olivera openly began to look for a place in rival teams.
Herve Poncharal commented on the situation with Miguel: KTM wanted to keep the Portuguese in its ranks in every possible way, and he was offered a place in Tech3 with the same level of official support that was in Factory Racing, but Oliveira flatly refused to accept this option.
“I can’t speak for Miguel, but I can assume something,” Poncharal began. – He’s sure he rides better than Jack. I think this is normal: he should think so, this is typical of all top riders. But I think he thinks like this: “If KTM puts Jack above me, then they have lost faith in me.” He can think that way, and I understand his approach well.”
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“He was given time to think about KTM’s offer, and he gave an answer a day later. When you went to the start of the Italian Grand Prix in Mugello, his father [and manager] informed Pete Bayer that KTM could no longer count on Miguel. It was a responsible statement. I have to say that we really wanted to work with him in 2023, but we respect his decision.”