Miguel Oliveira

MotoGP Herve Pancharal: “Miguel Oliveira reacts very sensitively and is allergic to certain events”

Hervé Pancharal has taken note of Miguel Oliveira’s decision not to return to Tech3, his first love in MotoGP and marked by success. The Tech3 boss may not have taken the Portuguese’s explanation badly when he turned away from this offer from KTM, perceived as some kind of bad reputation. But the Frenchman still has an eye that looks over the hill. He knows his former driver and also knows how it works within the Mattighofen brand. So he understands and does not blame anyone. But it’s still food for thought…

In an interview with Speedweek, Hervé Pancharal looks back on this episode in the transfer market, which culminated in the announced end of the long-standing relationship between Miguel Oliveira and KTM. The Portuguese is a pure product of the sector created by the Austrian brand. And it’s a priori success: double world runner-up, 16 Grand Prix wins, including four on the RC16, making him the greatest rider of the Austrian crest in MotoGP. However, it was decided that he no longer had a place in the official team that decided Jack Miller. Arbitration that the Portuguese did not confirm, even with all guarantees of receiving equipment identical to the Australian in his former team Technique 3.

The head of the latter understands and also wants to make people understand: ” I have a special relationship with Miguel “, he assures Pancharal. ” When I heard from Mugello that there was a chance that he would come back to us in two years with full factory support and the latest factory machines, with a decent and appropriate salary, i thought it was a good idea “. But this was without taking into account the sensitivity of a person: ” 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 a certain pride, we won’t succeed. “reminiscent of the tricolor.

There was already a misunderstanding between Miguel Oliveira and KTM that left its mark

I can’t speak for Miguel. But he thinks he’s better than Jack. I think it’s okay, he probably thinks “If KTM rates Jack above me, then they’ve lost faith in me.” This could be Miguel’s point. I understand his attitude. He considered KTM’s proposal for two days. And as we headed to the Mugello grid, Paulo Oliveira’s father told Pete Beirer that KTM should no longer rely on Miguel. I would love to have Miguel on the team. But I have to accept his decision “.

That being said, 2019 set a precedent that sets the 2022 negotiations to 2023 and beyond as one misunderstanding too many… Remember: Johann Zarko then unexpectedly throws his official contract in the trash, leaving the RC16 free to finally be available for Brad Binder leaving Miguel Oliveira in the plane. The latter took offense and was reformulated for it. The past that was relevant in today’s events. Hervé Pancharal no dispute: You can see that Miguel Oliveira reacts very sensitively and allergic to such events. The second time it happened, he told KTM, “Forget me! “.

Human relations in KTM seems complicated at times, while at the manufacturer we like to say we are family. lately, Iker Lecuona expressed more than mixed feelings about his experience with the orange brand, while now it seems quite complicated Raul Fernandez and especially with Remy Gardner. Danilo Petrucci don’t keep good memories either. But what “family” doesn’t have its problems? Meanwhile, if the rumor promises a satellite Aprilia in the RNF in Miguel Oliveiranothing is signed, just as nothing is initialed between Paul Espargaro and Tech3…

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