Brad lines up eighteenth on the #FrenchGP grid at Le Mans
The ‘Bugatti’ circuit at Le Mans mixes history and atmosphere (with a particularly busy attendance in the stands from Friday) and is notorious for changing weather conditions but the climate gave a taste of early summer as MotoGP resumed for round seven and the first visit to central Europe this campaign. The 14-corner layout is demanding for braking and acceleration and the blend between fast and then twisty chicane sections.
The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing and Tech3 KTM Factory Racing teams ended Friday with Brad Binder the most competitive runner and looking strong for Q2 thanks to the seventh best lap.
On Saturday however the South African could not improve as his rivals continue to chip away at the chrono, and as a result he lines up in the eighteenth grid position for the race.
The action at Le Mans begins with Moto3 at 11.00, followed by Moto2 at 12.20 and then the 27-lap MotoGP race at 14.00 CET.
“A difficult weekend so far. FP2 went quite well and this morning I felt good but I didn’t get a good first attempt in qualifying and then the tire for the second was jumping. 18th is not our position but we’ve got to work because we’re missing a little out there. We also weren’t that lucky today.”