Brad Binder on Argentina penalty: “We need to be more relaxed”
Brad Binder crossed the finish line in fifth place on his Red Bull Ajo KTM during this weekend’s Argentinian Moto2 race, however, was given a one position penalty after some rather aggressive manoeuvres.
Binder started in sixth place, a good qualifying for the man who often finds himself qualifying out of the top twenty only to finish in the top five during the race, but was quick to resume his usual terrible starting pattern by ending up in tenth on the first lap.
The South African made good progress through the field, arriving in fifth place by lap eight, and managed to close the near two-second gap to the leading quartet. It’s at this point things started looking messy.
The KTMs suffered in Qatar with Binder being their top finisher in 12th with massive rear end grip issues, but the Argentinian race looked far better as Binder looked good for a win and fellow KTM rider Iker Lecuona close behind him. The results certainly looked better, but Binder was more out of control than the Kalex riders out front, the rear of his bike fish-tailing wildly on the brakes and the rear tyre smoking under acceleration.
It looked like Binder was riding out of his skin.
And we suspect he started getting frustrated, having to struggle when he knows he should be higher up the order because he finished fifth, eventually, after three separate incidences where he bumped other riders.
After the race, Race Direction decided to dock him one position for overly aggressive riding.
“We worked very hard throughout the weekend and we have continued to take steps forward. Although we still had issues at some points, we took things in the right direction. In the race I was doing well, but I also made a few small mistakes. We need to be more relaxed. I’m looking forward to the next race in Austin. It’s a good track and I’m going to give my best to keep moving forward.”
Results Moto2 Race
1. Lorenzo Baldassarri (Kalex) 39:46.000
2. Remy Gardner (Kalex) +1.244
3. Alex Marquez (Kalex) +1.817
4. Iker Lecuona (Kalex) +2.704
5. Marcel Schrotter (Kalex) +4.839
6. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +4.707