MotoGP: Jack Miller will have “difficulty” on KTM motorcycles in 2023, warns outgoing Miguel Oliveira | MotoGP
Miller will swap Ducati for KTM in the 2023 MotoGP rider roster replacing Oliviera, who will move to Aprilia next season.
“I don’t know if I will have any regrets,” Oliveira, who won the MotoGP of Thailand, his second race of the season, told Sky TV.
He added of the team change and replacement with Miller: “There are things that only time can tell you.
“Of course there will be a big effort from me and Jack to adapt to the new bikes.
“I think it will be particularly difficult for him, but everyone has their time.
“I hope to be able to exploit the full potential of my next bike. In the end, there have always been changes in the drivers on the grid and that’s how it goes.
Oliveira revealed how the MotoGP riders discuss their different teams and bikes privately: “Of course it’s sad that my KTM adventure is ending in Valencia, but I’m also happy to take on another challenge.
“MotoGP is a tough category, you don’t jump on one bike and it’s better than the other.
“We always talk about it among ourselves, everyone thinks the other bikes are better than theirs.
“But really, I think the important thing is to have a good team around you, which helps you interpret each bike. I think that’s the key to today’s MotoGP.
Oliveira was asked if his current or future team had more leeway to improve their bikes, and said: “There is room to improve the KTM, but I think today there is no there is no easy motorcycle in MotoGP.
“I think there are teams that are doing a good job of finding the right bike for each rider, to exploit the full potential each bike has to offer.
“I think sometimes I managed to exploit the potential of KTM well, Brad Binder was many times better than me in this area, also because he has a different riding style from mine.
“I tried to bring the bike towards me, instead of adapting. But I’m happy to embrace another project and next year’s bike will be very competitive.
Oliveira won the last MotoGP race of 2022 – both of his wins in 2022 came in extremely wet and treacherous conditions.
The Portuguese rider said: “We have known for a year what kind of bike I like to ride in the wet and the team knows how to set the bike up for me. I learned to understand how to stay on the limit without making mistakes and that leaves room to go fast in these conditions.
“I also think I’m very calm, my mind is free because I have nothing to play for in the standings and so I just wanted to have fun in this race doing my best.”
He talks about the race that many of his opponents consider too dangerous because of the conditions: “It was a difficult race from a mental point of view, it is always the case when it rains. You can’t make mistakes, it doesn’t take much to plant.
“I felt comfortable, but I would say not too much, also because Jack put so much pressure on me at the start of the race and it forced me to always stay in attack mode until the last corner and I think that was good.
“The start of the race was difficult for all of us, we couldn’t see anything ahead on the straight. There was some aquaplaning, but it was a great win, my second in the wet.
“I think Jack was a lot stronger than me under braking, especially in turns 1 and 3. But I could have taken him at 6 and I was surprised by that too. I was close enough to know where the overtake, so I tried after following him for a few laps. I had the chance and did the classic boulder pass.”
Oliveira said of his remarkable prowess in the conditions: “I don’t know why we are so fast in the wet. Already last year we found a wet set-up that works really well for my riding style. , it allows me to squeeze the bike I think that’s the explanation.
“Maybe it allows me to have an advantage when we do the different sessions in the dry and then we race in the wet, because I can be really quick straight away. In Motegi we spent a lot of time on the wet and everyone was already close, because everyone was able to find the right set-up and the level was higher for everyone.
Miller is fifth in the 2022 MotoGP standings, Oliveira is eighth.
The provisional 2023 MotoGP calendar has been released.