Binder brothers complete Valencia test
The Binder brothers have completed the three day combined Moto2 and Moto3 test at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia in Spain. Sadly, the first day was completely rained out, and the rain continued into the morning of the second day. It wasn’t until the second session when both Binders could make their 2018 track debut. The third day, yesterday, saw no rain, but the morning temperatures where just 3º C.
Brad Binder – Moto2
At the end of the test, the older Binder finished in tenth place, but managed to complete 56 laps, concentrating on his race pace and trying small setup changes.
“This last day in Valencia has been fairly good. Lap after lap I was feeling more comfortable and this is because I felt rusty after so much time off the bike. It hasn’t gone badly, but we still have a lot to improve. The most important thing is to keep upping the pace every time we go out on track. We have tried some small setup changes that have given us all kinds of results. It’s time to try them again in Jerez and draw conclusions.”
Combined Moto2 Standings Day 1-2-3
1. Mattia Pasini (Kalex) 1:35.779
2. Lorenzo Baldassarri (Kalex) 1:35.795 +0.016
3. Simone Corsi (Kalex) 1:35.915 +0.136
4. Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:36.146 +0.367
5. Isaac Viñales (Kalex) 1:36.212 +0.433
10. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:36.729 +0.950
Darryn Binder – Moto3
Darryn Binder is making his debut with the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 team and, like his brother, was not able to head out onto the track until the second session of day two, however he was able to head out for the first session yesterday despite the cold weather.
KTM have much work to so in 2018, after having a disaster season last year with Honda dominating most Moto3 races and KTM’s top rider finishing in just eighth place in the championship.
In total, Darryn completed 328km of testing, getting back into the groove of racing and getting used to his new bike and team. In the end, he finished in 20th place, 1.644sec behind the leader, Jorge Martin.
“Unfortunately, at the end of these three days we have practically only been able to take advantage of three sessions, which would be equivalent to a single day. We haven’t been able to enjoy the track time we would have liked. I’ve struggled a bit, and have noticed my lack of pace since I haven’t ridden since the Valencia race, so for now I have only worked on getting comfortable. I’m looking forward to Jerez, to having good weather, and to starting to play with the setup of the bike.”
Combined Standings Day 1-2-3
1. Jorge Martin (Honda) 1:39.615
2. Enea Bastianini (Honda) 1:39.710 +0.095
3. Marco Bezzechi (KTM) 1:39.717 +0.102
4. Aron Canet (Honda) 1:39.734 +0.119
5. Niccolo Antonelli (Honda) 1:39.751 +0.136
20. Darryn Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:41.259 +1.644
The Red Bull KTM Ajo team is heading to Jerez next week for three further days of testing and hopefully better weather.