Brad pushing all the way on opening day in Argentina
Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Brad Binder, made a solid start in the morning’s practice session in Argentina, and lowered his time in the afternoon – and concluded the day twenty-second.
In the first run out on track for the KTM Moto2 bike in Argentina, both Brad and teammate Miguel Oliveira focused on putting in as many laps as possible. They managed 19 and 21, respectively, and did long stints with just a single pit stop each in order to give their crews as much feedback as possible.
With a cleaner surface for FP2, both riders took just two laps to lower their times from the morning session. Brad pushed all the way to finally improve his lap time -1:45.152-, and was less than a second off the quickest rider in twenty-second.
The weather forecast for Saturday indicates rain for the first qualifying session of the season -the Qatar session was cancelled due to adverse conditions-, which takes place at 3:05pm local time.
41 BRAD BINDER
“Today’s action in Argentina wasn’t bad for us. I felt comfortable until on the last five laps I noticed a lot of pain in my left arm -which I had injured in preseason. Between sessions I took a painkiller and at the beginning of practice it was only bothering me a little, but on my last run the pain returned and I couldn’t put pressure on the handlebars. It’s difficult to ride like this, but in the end the gap to the top riders is not very big: 0.9 seconds. We will analyse things thoroughly, because every little improvement can result in a big step forward tomorrow.”