Brad heads up the third row for tomorrow’s #QatarGP
Red Bull KTM and Tech3 KTM Factory Racing riders will tackle the initial Grand Prix of 21 in 2022 tomorrow with Brad Binder the highest-placed qualifier in Qatar thanks to 7th position on the grid at the Lusail International Circuit.
Pleasant temperatures and a strong breeze marked the very first qualification ‘Q1’ and ‘Q2’ periods of 2022 at Lusail as MotoGP pushed through afternoon, dusk and early evening sessions in preparation for round one.
Brad Binder was fast out of the box for the first Free Practice and was P1 on Friday afternoon. The second day of work saw Brad and teammate Miguel Oliveira working on a strong race pace – with top five speed on the RC16 for most of FP4 – and with conditions closest to what the riders will find on Sunday.
On his seventh attempt at a ‘flyer’ Brad entered the top-two positions for Q2. The South African then saved his tires for two time-attacks and at one stage held a slot on the front row until being nudged down to 7th.
The first 22-lap race of the season will begin at 16.00 CET on Sunday.
“Today was a solid day. I’m happy with the work we did and after being a little disappointed on Friday afternoon this was much better. I felt good and the bike feels great – the best I’ve ever felt in Qatar – and we’re ready for the race tomorrow.”