Brad lines up fourteenth on the Silverstone grid for the #BritishGP
Blue skies and breezy warm conditions welcomed the return of 2022 MotoGP after a five week pause and for the first two days of Free Practice and Qualification at Silverstone. The British course stretches to almost 6km, making it the longest of the season and with one of the highest average speeds on the calendar.
The asphalt provides a decent level of grip so the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing and Tech3 KTM Factory Teams were able to get to work immediately on configuration of the KTM RC16, further analyzing a revised Akrapovic exhaust package through Free Practice. Brad Binder roamed the flat layout with intent as the top seventeen riders were split by one second.
In the decisive Saturday morning FP3 all four KTM riders classified in Q1. During the afternoon both Red Bull KTM riders held slots for progression but were nudged to 3rd and 4th places in the fading seconds of the brief session; mere hundredths of a second was the difference. As a result Brad lines up fourteenth on the grid for tomorrow’s race.
The Grand Prix begins with Moto3 (17 laps) at 11.20 local time – so 12.20 CET – with MotoGP (20 laps) at 14.00 CET and Moto2 (18 laps) at 15.30 CET.
“In FP4 it was quite clear what we need to improve to go faster and we made a small step forward there. In qualifying I made a small mistake but the lap was still quite good. In general, much happier today because I feel like I’ve been playing catch-up. Things are working well and we’ll see what we can do tomorrow. Hopefully we can come through the field and it should be an exciting race for me. I’m looking forward to it.”