Fifteenth place on the #CatalanGP grid for Brad Binder
The return to the compact but diverse technical challenge of the 14 curves of the Circuit de Barcelona sees Red Bull KTM Factory Racing come to the venue close to the Catalan capital city fresh from a fast and positive showing at Mugello in Italy last weekend and with eagerness to improve their competitiveness further.
The greasy, slick track surface meant issues of traction and tire preservation were the main concerns but Binder held a strong pace on Friday that placed him into the top six. A tumble in FP3 prevented the South African from going straight into Q2 and then his best effort at crunch time on Saturday was just 0.03 of a second from the top position.
MotoGP maintains the normal race schedule with Moto3 opening Sunday at 11.00, followed by Moto2 at 12.20 and the main event at 14.00 CET.
“A hard day today. I made some mistakes and we had two crashes that I didn’t expect at all so we need to do something tomorrow to give me a bit of margin. I made life hard for myself and I’m disappointed about that. The bike is working well, I cannot complain, and the speed is also there but I just need something to keep that front stuck to the ground and we’ll be away.”