Brad Binder on Assen podium: “I’m very happy because today we finally took a big step forward”
Brad Binder made huge strides at the Assen round of the Moto2 World Championship aboard his Red Bull KTM after he qualified a season best second on the grid, a stark turn-around compared to the two rounds before at Mugello and Catalunya where he and his fellow KTM riders struggled even to score points.
Binder had a good start, holeshotting into the first corner and was able to lead for the first 18 of 24 laps, fending off various challenges from different riders who either failed to overtake him or were immediately re-overtaken. KTM has had its difficulties, but it seems that, especially in the hands of Binder, it has excellent braking and acceleration, but the competition seems to be able to make considerable gains in the middle of the corner.
In the post-race interview, Binder said that the bike felt good for three-quarters of the race but then began experiencing a massive chatter problem, something evident in his lap times as he was running high 1min 37s and low 1min 38s for the first half of the race before the high 38s started creeping in.
Universally, Binder’s performance at Assen was praised and, hopefully, this new setup and form will do him well at this weekend’s race a Sachsenring where he took his first Moto2 victory last year.
“I’m very happy because today we finally took a big step forward. At the beginning and halfway through the race, I felt comfortable, and I was riding really well, pushing hard. The last part was a bit trickier, but I tried to work as much as I could to maintain the position. I want to thank my team, because in the warm-up we still had some issues. However, we found the solution and had the bike ready for the race. We are definitely on the right track, I’m motivated and looking forward to continuing to work in the next few contests.”
Assen Results (Moto2 Race)
1. Augusto Fernandez (Kalex) 39:24.779
2. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +0.612
3. Luca Marini (Kalex) +3.686
4. Thomas Luthi (Kalex) +4.028
5. Tetsuta Nagashima (Kalex) +5.391
Moto2 World Championship Standing 2019
1. Thomas Luthi (Kalex) 117 points
2. Alex Marquez (Kalex) 111 points
3. Augusto Fernandez (Kalex) 92 points
4. Jorge Navarro (Speed Up) 89 points
5. Lorenzo Baldassarri (Kalex) 88 points
8. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 64 points