Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, MotoGP’s six producers agreed on a complete freeze on growth of homologated components for the 2020 season, with these restrictions on engine and aerodynamic updates remaining in place for 2021 for all non-concession runners.
KTM began 2020 as a concession producer because of its lack of dry MotoGP podiums beforehand, however misplaced that standing courtesy Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira’s Czech and Styrian Grand Prix wins.
MotoGP’s producers agreed to permit KTM to develop a brand new engine for 2021 to be homologated forward of the opening spherical, although a member current on the assembly instructed Motorsport.com final yr there were worries KTM could use this to build a “super engine”.
Talking after KTM’s official 2021 launch occasion, Beirer mentioned some growth has been carried out, however the RC16 doesn’t function a “radical new engine”.
“It’s the identical bike idea, not a radical new engine,” he mentioned when requested by Motorsport.com if KTM had elected in opposition to a brand new engine idea.
“We touched some components, however we didn’t convey a very new mannequin.
“If we use the hole in between the traces, truly we may construct a very new bike.
“However to begin with, you want additionally to have the manpower to take action, and we dedicated to our colleagues that we’re going to go altogether in a helpful format and to not destroy an excessive amount of materials and that’s what we did.
“So, we didn’t have the plan to make an entire new machine and use this second to take a bonus.”
He added: “We dedicated to a COVID protocol within the worst second of our administration profession, all these managers, once we had all producers in a cellphone name and all of us determined we should shield MotoGP in our corporations and maintain our instruments for the longer term, to not burn loopy burn.
“To burn cash would imply to not expend good materials from 2020 and destroy it and construct fully new materials for 2021, as a result of we deliberate solely 10 races.
“Later it grew to become 14 races, so we used much more than we considered the 2020 materials, however nonetheless all the fabric for six races has been shifted to the brand new season and we additionally need to use it.
“So we did some growth, we labored on some components as a result of our engine was by no means deliberate to do the mileage for a non-concession crew once we deliberate the 2020 season.
“So, we needed to do some modifications, however not the most important ones.”