Brad Binder at Le Mans: “My biggest problem is stopping the bike”
The First day at Le Mans wasn’t the best for Brad Binder as recurring issues seem to be plaguing the South African. Le Mans isn’t the best track for KTM’s Moto2 machine, with Binder’s team mate, Miguel Oliveira, also having difficulties, but not as many as Binder.
The first session saw Binder finish in 23rd place, a position that is worrying even for him with his record of poor practice finishes. Free Practice 2 was better, with him able to increase his pace and move up to 20th, with a combined time that saw him in 21st for the day.
The problem he is suffering is in the hard braking sections, something Le Mans has a lot of. This seems to be a recurring problem for Binder, as he was having the same issue at the last race at Jerez, where he was running near the front of the pack until braking problems sent him back to fifth.
The team will look at his data tonight and hopefully come up with a solution before qualifying tomorrow.
“It was a very difficult first day. I struggled a lot since the opening laps; for some reason I didn’t manage to feel comfortable with the front. My biggest problem is stopping the bike on the chicanes and changing direction on the apex of the corners. In FP2 we have tried a new setup to solve these issues, but it didn’t work as expected. We need to look at the data to see what is going on, and to make a plan for QP. I hope to feel more comfortable tomorrow, although we have work ahead. In the end, we have to take a step forward with everything: Both my riding and the setup of the bike.”
Results (Combined practice times FP1-FP2)
1. Marcel Schrotter (Kalex) 1:37.001
2. Francesco Bagnaia (Kalex) 1:37.082 +0.081
3. Alex Marquez (Kalex) 1:37.094 +0.093
4. Joan Mir (Kalex) 1:37.146 +0.145
5. Jorge Navarro (Kalex) 1:37.223 +0.222
8. Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:37.362 +0.361
21. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:38.152 +1.151