Brad Binder seventh at German GP


Red Bull KTM Ajo riders fight in front group for third place at Sachsenring. Binder finishes seventh and Hanika thirteenth.

Binder, Moto3 race, German MotoGP 2015

Binder, Moto3 race, German MotoGP 2015

The Moto3 German Grand Prix Moto3 began with Karel Hanika –from second– and Brad Binder – from eighth– making a good start that allowed them to stay amongst the leading group. Binder, who started from the third row, led the race on Lap 2, and was inside the Top 10 throughout the entire race.

As usual in the Moto3 class, soon a front group was established and a pair of riders broke away. Binder and Hanika remained in the chasing pack competing for third.

Binder has occupied podium places on several occasions, whilst Hanika was at the back of the group. Fighting until the last moment for the rostrum, the South African rider completed the German Grand Prix in seventh place. Hanika did so in thirteenth.

After this ninth round of the championship, the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders will now enjoy a few week’s break. Miguel Oliveira, who yesterday underwent successful surgery to his left hand in Portugal, is in third place in the overall standings. Binder is sixth and Hanika fourteenth. The next Grand Prix will be the weekend of August 7th-9th at Indianapolis, for which Oliveira is expected to return.

Race – Results
1. Danny Kent (Honda) 39:29.359
2. Efren Vazquez (Honda) +7.554
3. Enea Bastianini (Honda) +9.603
4. Romano Fenati (KTM) +9.629
5. Niccolo Antonelli (Honda) +9.664
7. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +9.837
13. Karel Hanika (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +18.426

Moto3 World Championship Standing 2015
1. Danny Kent (Honda) 190 points
2. Enea Bastianini (Honda) 124 points
3. Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 102 points
4. Romano Fenati (KTM) 99 points
5. Efren Vazquez (Honda) 96 points
6. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 75 points
14. Karel Hanika (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 29 points

Brad Binder,
“At the beginning of the race I felt very strong, as always, and I made a good start in which I overtook several riders. We could not match the pace of Danny [Kent] and Efren [Vazquez] but for three quarters of the circuit I felt very comfortable. I made some mistakes on the closing laps and was passed, so I’m not very happy about that. We have to keep working, because I’m sure we can be up at the front but we find it hard at the end of the races –now we have learned why.”

Karel Hanika,
“The beginning of the race was good for me, since I had a good pace. Unfortunately I could not keep up with the frontrunners and I was in a group that was fairly fast. The second part of the race was quite disappointing: My bike stopped working like before and I was overtaken by several riders. I lost a lot of time on the exit of the last corner and on the home straight, dropping a few positions there. I tried to recover the places, but it was difficult. I’m a little disappointed, but I think at the next race we can do better.”

Aki Ajo,
“It was not an easy race for us, in a difficult weekend because of the injury Miguel [Oliveira] suffered. We hope he recovers soon. It seems that so far this has not been the best track for us. We must analyse what happened and see why we were pretty strong at the beginning of the race, but not on the final laps. We will look at both the riders and what we can improve on the bike. We have to accept the situation and be happy that Brad [Binder] was in the group fighting for the podium at the end of the race. Now we have the summer break and we will analyse all the data we have to start strong in the second half of the season.”