Austrian GP: Brad Binder
aiming for race day pace
Story: Donovan Fourie
Brad Binder says that he again did not have the easiest time during day two of the Austrian GP despite seemingly taking away some positives.
For the first session of the day, he managed to improve over Friday’s pace, ending in 17th with a 1:30.607 and closing the gap to the leaders to 0.8 sec, despite using just one set of tyres throughout the session.
In qualifying he improved again to a 1:30.286, although this did leave him on the sixth row in eighteenth place. This isn’t all bad news for the South African as he has shown that he has a tendency to improve his pace during the race. Also, with the close times in qualifying, he finds himself just 0.288 sec off his team mate, Miguel Oliveira, who qualified eighth.
This has left him somewhat upbeat: “Today was a difficult day. I didn’t feel too comfortable and things didn’t come easy for me. We took too many risks and didn’t reap any reward. In the end, we just have to focus on tomorrow and the race, and I am excited because I think that we are going to have an interesting fight. I am confident that, like at other times this season, tomorrow I will be able to make another good comeback. We will try.”
The Moto2 race begins tomorrow afternoon at 12:20pm, after the Moto3 race at 11:00, and will be followed the main MotoGP race at 14:00.