Brad Binder at Jerez: “I almost lost the front end several times”
Brad Binder did not have the race he had hoped for at Jerez on his Red Bull Ajo KTM, after being quite strong during practice and qualifying in a commendable sixth position. The race started and he looked good in the beginning, running up in second and looking good for a possible win.
Unfortunately, he then began having visible front end problems as he battled to stop the bike and ran wide a good few times. This is a problem they had during practice on Friday, and seemed to have found a solution during the two days of practice, but the heat of Sunday’s made it return.
Binder slipped back to seventh place, with a crash from Alex Marquez promoting him up to sixth. While this isn’t a victory, he at least managed to keep it in line to bring home valuable points.
“Normally I feel better in the race than in practice, but I don’t know what happened this Sunday. I almost lost the front end several times during the race – at least 5 or 6 times – so I was lucky to be able to finish. It’s not the result I had hoped for because the team did a great job all weekend, and for some reason in the race things did not go well. It was a shame not to be able to round off a great weekend with a better result. At Le Mans we will try for more.”
Moto2 Results (Race)
1. Lorenzo Baldassarri (Kalex) 39:33.889
2. Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +2.851
3. Francesco Bagnaia (Kalex) +6.250
4. Xavi Vierge (Kalex) +6.953
5. Mattia Pasini (Kalex) +10.138
6. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +11.731
Moto2 World Championship Standings 2018
1. Francesco Bagnaia (Kalex) 73 points
2. Lorenzo Baldassarri (Kalex) 64 points
3. Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 63 points
4. Mattia Pasini (Kalex) 58 points
5. Alex Marquez (Kalex) 47 points
8. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 30 points