KTM finally debuts MotoGP holeshot start device

KTM finally introduces the MotoGP holeshot device
KTM finally unveiled its version of the Holeshot starter device that Ducati first introduced to MotoGP in 2018 during Friday practice for the French Grand Prix.
The Holeshot device mechanically lowers the rear of the bike to lower the center of gravity, making it easier for the rider to start off the line without the front of the bike lifting in the air when accelerating.
Ducati made its debut on its Pramac motorcycles in 2018 and further developed the system for this year so that its riders can lower the rear of the Desmosedici during one lap.
All other manufacturers except KTM have a similar system on their bikes to begin with (although Aprilia lowers the front of the bike) and some have tried to implement the "Active Holeshot" system currently used by Ducati.
KTM tested its own holeshot system at Le Mans on Friday, though it's unclear whether any of its riders will use it for the race.
"I think we were the only ones who didn't use it and now we're putting it on here," said Pol Espargaro of the holeshot device.
"Dani [Pedrosa] tested it at Portimao and it was okay, but we need more information and more starts.
"We just started this morning and this afternoon, one when it was wet and the other dry. So we need more information and experience with it, but it looks fine. We don't know yet [if we're going to drive it]."
"We have to make more starts and really be sure that it works and doesn't affect us in the first corner, which is very fast, and we don't want any problems."
KTM finally introduces the MotoGP holeshot device
Brad Binder only got one start on Friday when he crashed at the end of FP2, but thought the system was "pretty cool".
"I tried a start this morning," added Binder. "We planned to try this afternoon but we never made it to the end so I didn't really get the chance to try.
"But yeah, that thing feels pretty cool, so good so far.
"So we just need more time to try it out and see how it all works."
Tech3's Miguel Oliveira has also tested the system but believes it needs more work as the way it loosens when braking "appears to be quite flawed".
"The holeshot machine is still something we are trying to understand with the factory," noted Oliveira. "It's not that easy to make a holeshot machine because we need the bike deeper to take off. It seems pretty broken."
"But at the same time we have to have the same [normal] driving position again when braking.
"So it's something that is still under construction.
"Le Mans is a very special track, even if we are a long way off from the first corner. We have a very fast right-hand corner where we don't brake as hard. Time is a bit dangerous for us.
"It's not about not having it for performance, but we have to tweak it to use it without any problems."
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