Red Bull KTM Ajo look for strong end to first half of 2015 season08/07/2015
Miguel Oliveira, Brad Binder and Karel Hanika head to German Grand Prix with hopes of podium finishes before summer break.
Red Bull KTM Ajo reach the halfway point in the Moto3 World Championship for the German Grand Prix, held at Sachsenring. After a good performance in the Netherlands, Miguel Oliveira, Brad Binder and Karel Hanika will try to get their KTM machines back onto the podium in last round of the championship before the summer break. The team have two wins in Germany from the last three years –through Sandro Cortese and Jack Miller– and a second place for Luis Salom.
Miguel Oliveira –third in the overall standings– comes into the German Grand Prix in his best form of the season, after two victories in the last three races. The Portuguese will look to place on the top step of the podium again at the German track, where he has competed on 4 occasions and last year was just off the rostrum.
It will be a special event for Brad Binder, who a year ago took the first podium of his career in Sachsenring by finishing second. After riding for the whole race in the leading group in the Netherlands two weeks ago, the South African is chasing his second podium of the season. Karel Hanika will also be after a rostrum finish, following a weekend at Assen in which he was strong in practice but placed in the second group. In the last race before the summer break, he will have the chance to complete the good work done in recent races at one of his favourite circuits.
The German Grand Prix runs from Friday to Sunday, with the race on Sunday at 11:00am.
Circuit information – Sachsenring
Length: 3.671 m / 2.281 miles
Width: 12 metres
Left corners: 10
Right corners: 3
Longest straight: 700 m / 0.435 miles
“Sachsenring is a circuit with a lot of braking and that is an aspect in which we are strong, but I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s a circuit that suits the KTM more than our rivals. This year we have some different characteristics than last season and we cannot compare things too much. It’s a track with many left handers and I especially like the last part, the faster sections. I’ve never managed to finish on the podium at Sachsenring, but the goal is to fight for victory. We have to give our all to get a good result.”
“Sachsenring is one of my favourite circuits. It is a special track because last year I achieved my first podium there. Every season we have ridden at this circuit I have felt really strong, so it gives me great confidence for this weekend. After the race in Holland, I feel strong; we were able to return to the front group, so we have to keep fighting and I hope I can return to the podium soon.”
“I am eager to race at this Grand Prix because last year we were very fast and, despite starting from the second row, we fought for sixth place. I had a good feeling and I really enjoyed riding at this circuit, so I hope we have more luck this year and maintain this good start to the season. It is a pretty special track. I like it because it is short, with many laps and not easy for riding or for conserving tyres. It is a very nice circuit, narrow and with few places to overtake. If you are fast you can enjoy yourself a lot.”