Day one at Motegi a day of learning and improvement for Brad
Although he had never ridden a Moto2 at Twin Ring Motegi before, rookie Brad Binder was twenty-third after improving his times in the afternoon, of what was a wet opening day at the Japanese GP.
The Red Bull KTM Ajo riders were not provided with the best conditions in which to learn the layout of Motegi with a Moto2 bike. They had to complete the first 45 minutes of practice on a completely wet surface. Brad was twenty-third -2:08.636.
The conditions in the afternoon remained the same, but Brad and teammate Miguel Oliveira showed that they could be much faster. Brad completed his best lap of the day -2:07.906- and did so after a 12-lap run.
Tomorrow Brad will fight for a positive position on the grid in qualifying at 3:05 local time, to avoid having to climb up the order on race day.
41 BRAD BINDER
“Today was a very wet first day. It was raining all day and if we have to look on a positive side, at least that meant that the track was completely wet. My feeling wasn’t bad at all, but I do believe that I have to improve my lines in wet conditions here. I don’t have enough confidence to decide to push more. Overall I’m happy, because every lap I’ve improved and this is important. It’s true that in the morning things didn’t go as we wanted and the final position of the day isn’t what we were aiming for, but in the afternoon we already made a step forward and tomorrow we will continue working and will surely improve.”