Brad Binder takes first Moto2 pole position

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Brad Binder was the star of the show in Moto2 qualifying at MotorLand Aragon, taking both his first pole position in Moto2 and his team’s first of the season.

In FP3, the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders worked on their race pace with used tyres and improved their fastest laps for the third consecutive session. Binder, eighth -1:53.698-, ran only two stints, the first consisting of 15 laps, setting his best time and also putting in race distance on a single set of tyres.

In qualifying, Brad was very strong from the get-go, improving on his morning time on his first stint. After a final hot lap, the South African rider clocked the best time of the session -1:53.149-, thus achieving his first pole in the Moto2 class.

The 21-lap Moto2 race will start tomorrow at 12:20pm local time.

“We’ve had very good pace throughout the weekend but I didn’t think I could get into the fight for pole, so it’s an unexpected result. On the last lap, I was thinking that the work for the race was already done, so I decided to put in a crazy last lap. Over the course of the weekend we’ve confirmed the good feelings we had in the Valencia test, where we found small changes in the set-up of the bike that make the difference. Moto2 is a very close category and those details are important. I didn’t expect to be able to, but I’ve done it and I’ve set my first pole in the Moto2 class. At this Grand Prix we are stronger than we have been all season. Also, in the race I always step up, so tomorrow I will go out to give it my best, keeping my concentration, and see how far we are able to go.”