Brad lines up a fantastic fourth on Phillip Island Moto2 grid
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders enjoyed a great qualifying session this Saturday at the spectacular Phillip Island circuit.
Making the most of an excellent team strategy, Brad Binder took an important step forward to get fourth position, placing on the second row with his best qualifying result of his rookie season in Moto2.
After the rain that affected the previous MotoGP session, there was uncertainty amongst the Moto2 field about their approach to FP3. Finally, Brad and teammate Miguel Oliveira went out with slicks and continued working on the setup of their KTM bikes. Brad completed a positive session, virtually matching his best time from Friday and entering the Top 5 with a 1:34.744.
The same script was followed in qualifying, with a few drops of rain falling at the beginning of the session. However, the riders did not have to wait long to go out and fight for pole position. The Red Bull KTM Ajo duo set their best times on their respective third stints.
Oliveira and Binder went out on track together, in an excellent strategy, and lowered their times on two consecutive laps, placing in third -1:33.422- and fourth -1:33.453- position, respectively. Both clocked their best times of the weekend in the session.
Tomorrow sees the sixteenth race of the year take place, starting at 2.20pm local time (5.20am CET).
41 BRAD BINDER
“I definitely could not have asked for a better qualifying session. I was planning to improve my 20th position and being able to go up to fourth is a big step. I am very happy and I’ve felt very good all weekend so far. I want to thank the team, as the bike is working incredibly well. I have felt very comfortable, right from the first lap, all around the track. I can’t wait to race tomorrow, I think I have a great opportunity to fight with the riders at the front. It’s a very good feeling to know that our hard work is bearing fruit, little by little. Tomorrow in the race I will give it my all once again. I have nothing to lose, so if on the last few laps I see the possibility of going forward by taking risks, I can afford to take them.”