Brad finishes twelfth in inaugural MotoGP Sprint Race at Portimao

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The first day of 2023 MotoGP qualification and the first ever ‘Sprint’ saw Brad Binder finishing the race in twelfth position.

Brad was dealing with a stiff neck and shoulder from Friday but logged a lap-time good enough to be 15th fastest after Q1 and less than a second from Pole Position.

At 3pm Red Bull KTM Factory Racing lined-up for the first ever MotoGP Sprint: 12 laps of intense action with world championship points at stake and early bragging rights. Brad was on the edge of the top ten after being bustled in the opening corners and was pipped to the line, eventually taking 12th.

The team and riders will now reset and review their configuration for the full-length 25-lap Grand Prix on Sunday at 14.00 GMT.

Brad Binder

15th in qualification, 12th in the Sprint:

“The Sprint was a lot of fun. It was pretty wild and I was hung out to dry by other riders on the first lap and that cost me a lot of time. This weekend hasn’t been easy for me so far but I know what I need to do: I have to get fit again because I have been really struggling with my neck and shoulder on the bike. I’ll try and do a good job tomorrow and get some valuable points.”