Top six finish for Brad in Mugello MotoGP Sprint Race

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Speed and more speed for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing as the Gran Premio d’Italia spun around the 15 majestic curves of the Autodromo del Mugello and Brad Binder raced to 6th position in the seventh Sprint of the 2024 MotoGP season. The South African started from 13th on the grid and made seven positions to grab 4 points.

MotoGP gathered at another fast and spectacular racetrack for the second weekend in succession as the world championship moved from eastern Spain to the picturesque depths of Tuscany in Italy. For the 38th time Mugello staged a Grand Prix and brought Red Bull KTM back to the scene of their all-time top speed record of 366.1kmph, recorded by Brad in 2023.

On Saturday Q1 Brad was less than half a second from making Q2 with the old lap record tumbling in the same session. Qualification led into the 11-lap Sprint in the afternoon. The KTM RC16s were quick away from the standing start, especially Brad who thrusted through to the top four on the first lap. Brad found his pace and had a busy scrap defending 6th place (five slots better than his 2023 Sprint result).

MotoGP will strain throttles for 23 laps on Sunday at 14.00 CEST.

Brad Binder

“I tried my best lap in Q1 but it just wasn’t quite enough to get through and I knew from 13th I’d need a good start…which is what I did! Our bike is a rocket. After that though I just struggled to turn and felt like I was going deep into every corner. We clearly need to improve something in that area for tomorrow and if we can we’ll be in great shape for the race.”