Brad concludes ‘tricky’ race day in Catalunya with an eighth place finish

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The Gran Premi de Catalunya brought MotoGP to round six of 21 for 2024 and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing flew around the sunny and warm climes of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya to bag a top ten result. Brad Binder eventually classified 8th with the KTM RC16.

Low grip was one of the main concerns in the build-up to the Gran Premi de Catalunya main event on Sunday with teams and riders diligently working on their race set-up and tire choice to tackle the problematic tarmac. The Saturday Sprint provided a taster of the feeling and the unpredictability of the conditions, and the temperatures increased with the extra sunshine on Sunday.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing took to the grid in 4th and 9th after one of their better collective qualification performances. Strong starts for both Brad and teammate Jack Miller meant exciting potential as the pack settled into a rhythm. Brad hovered on the fringe of the podium fight but had to ease his pace to manage his front rubber. He kept consistent to make sure of 8th and holds the same slot in the championship standings.

On to Mugello and where Brad notched the all-time MotoGP top speed record at 366.1kmph. Another fast treat awaits at the Gran Premio d’Italia next weekend.

Brad Binder

“It was a bit tricky in the race today. We’d been good here all weekend but after six laps in the race the front tire dropped off and in the last few weeks when I’ve ignored that strange feeling then I end-up crashing. So today I needed to be a bit careful and when I felt the limit coming I had to lower the pace. I could not make time on braking and entry and nursing it around meant there were not really moments where I could make pace. A tricky day.”