Japanese MotoGP: Brad Binder completes tricky first day at Motegi
The first day of practice at Motegi wasn’t the easiest for Brad Binder and his Ajo Moto2 Team as the South African had never lapped the the Japanese on his KTM Moto2 bike before, and the learning curve was made trickier with continuous rain throughout the day.
In the first session he finished in 23rd place, a somewhat distant 3.1 sec behind the leader Alex Marquez. The afternoon showed improvement, with Binder finishing in 20th place a closer 2.6 sec behind the leader, Thomas Luthi.
As this year has proved over and over, the South African has never shown much pace in the practice sessions, particularly the Friday practices. Some of this has to do with his lack of experience in Moto2 and some because of KTM’s lack of data with this being their first season in Moto2, but Binder has never been one for practice pace, even in his championship-winning Moto3 season last year.
We know from his Misano results that he can ride in the rain, and as we have seen many times this season, he will improve massively as the weekend continues.
“Today was a very wet first day. It was raining all day and if we have to look on a positive side, at least that meant that the track was completely wet. My feeling wasn’t bad at all, but I do believe that I have to improve my lines in wet conditions here. I don’t have enough confidence to decide to push more. Overall I’m happy, because every lap I’ve improved and this is important. It’s true that in the morning things didn’t go as we wanted and the final position of the day isn’t what we were aiming for, but in the afternoon we already made a step forward and tomorrow we will continue working and will surely improve.”