Brad Binder on Qatar test: “Over the last two days, we couldn’t find what we were looking for”
Sunday saw the end of a three day Moto2 test at the Qatar circuit as teams adapt to the new, more powerful Triumph 765 triple motors after seven years with Honda CBR600RR motors.
Brad Binder and his Red Bull KTM Ajo team started well, finishing the first day at the top of the timesheets and the second day near the top. The third day went less well, as the South African dropped down to tenth in the final combined times.
While this is not good news for the overall standings, he did remain the fastest KTM.
The weather was not always on their side, as strong gusts of wind constantly meddled with their setup, although they manage to complete many laps and gather a considerable amount of data. This, however, has still left Binder feeling wary.
“On Friday it seemed that everything was fine; we had some problems but we were not too worried about them. However, over the last two days, we couldn’t find what we were looking for. Overall, the whole team have worked hard and, although we have had some difficulties, we have done our best. This test has allowed us to assess where we are and see what we need to do to be faster. If we can fix those details, we’ll be further up the order.”
Well is starting to sound like a stuck record, but Binder fans need to keep in mind that he has always been a Sunday rider, with his race pace way out-reflecting his practice and testing results. And while the last two days of the test have been less successful, he has been on form throughout the test, including the previous Jerez tests.
Combined standings Moto2 – Qatar Test
1. Sam Lowes (Kalex) 1:58.439
2. Tom Luthi (Kalex) 1:58.663 + 0.224
3. Remy Gardner (Kalex) 1:58.755 +0.316
4. Augusto Fernández (Kalex) 1:58.757 +0.318
5. Marcel Schrotter (Kalex) 1:58.787 +0.348
10. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:58.999 +0.560