Tricky qualifying day sees Brad Binder lining up 19th in Montmelo

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The Moto2 grid for the Catalan Grand Prix was decided today at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders took a step forward by lowering their Friday times in FP3, although the pair still went into Q1. Brad Binder will start from 19th.

In the morning session the South African rider worked his way towards the top, during the opening phase of the practice. After completing a total of 19 laps, Brad finished 15th, with a best time of 1:44.776, just 0.012s off a Q2 spot.

Those FP3 results put Brad and Jorge Martin into Q1, a session in which the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders had mixed fortunes. Sadly Brad was just 0.064s from making it into Q2, ending up fifth in Q1 – 1:44.913 -, meaning he is 19th on the grid.

The lights will go out tomorrow at 12:20 pm local time for the 22-lap Moto2 race at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit.

“It was a shame because we were so close to making it into Q2. Today we did some tests but we couldn’t find the solution to our issues just yet. Luckily, we still have tomorrow’s warm up to finish putting things in place. We have to stay focused and motivated, because both the team and I are trying our hardest to make things start improving soon. The Catalan Grand Prix is going to be a difficult race, but I hope it ends well for us.”