Top ten qualifying for Brad Binder at Le Mans
The French Grand Prix has been a difficult one for Brad Binder and his Red Bull Ajo KTM Moto2 with him again struggling to stop the bike throughout Friday practice and spent the entire day lower than 20th on the in the time sheets, his worst ranking of the year so far.
Things improved during FP3 on Saturday morning where he broke the top 20 and finished 17th. More setup changes led to a massively improvement in qualifying where he dipped into the top ten and will start today’s race in eighth place, 0.7 sec off the leader and ahead of his team mate. While that is still some distance from the leader, Binder has proven to be a Sunday racer over and over, and a top ten for Binder is worrying for the rest of the field.
“This weekend started out very tricky and it continues to be so, so getting eighth in qualifying is very good. The conditions are very difficult; it’s easy to lose the front and crash, and there have been many riders who went down throughout the day. Tomorrow it will be important to be smart; for us it will be a race of survival, because I think there will be many crashes. I need to find the right pace for the race during the Warm up and from there we will be ready to face the race with the desire to score as many points as possible.”
Results (Qualifying session)
1. Francesco Bagnaia (Kalex) 1:36.188
2. Xavi Vierge (Kalex) 1:36.390 +0.202
3. Lorenzo Baldassarri (Kalex) 1:36.583 +0.395
4. Joan Mir (Kalex) 1:36.659 +0.471
5. Marcel Schrotter (Kalex) 1:36.671 +0.483
8. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:36.920 +0.732
The Moto2 race starts today at 12:20.