Back to Europe for Red Bull KTM Ajo at home of Hanika


Red Bull KTM Ajo rider eager to race in front of his home crowd in Czech Republic, whilst Oliveira wants to cut points gap to leader and Binder to fight for the podium.

Hanika, Moto3, Indianapolis MotoGP 2015.

Hanika, Moto3, Indianapolis MotoGP 2015.

The Red Bull KTM Ajo riders are in action again this weekend, less than a week after the wild Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix. The three riders face the eleventh round of the Moto3 World Championship with the intention of being amongst the frontrunners. Karel Hanika is especially looking forward to this Grand Prix, which takes place at the Brno Automotodrom, 10 km from his home. Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder want to return to the fight for the podium and keep adding important points to their tallies in the overall standings.

Miguel Oliveira, who cut a point off the gap to the leader last week, will continue fighting until the last lap of the eight remaining races to finish the season as high up as possible. After the strange race at Indianapolis, the Portuguese wants to take a podium at a track where for the last three years he has finished in the Top 10. He is only 7 points from overtaking his total from 2014.

Also wanting to continue in the top half of the classification is Brad Binder. The South African has made the Top 10 in 9 of the 10 races that have taken place so far, although he is not settling for this. In his previous visits to the Czech track, his sixth from last year is his best memory.

Karel Hanika contests his home race this weekend, at the track where he used to train as a child. Hanika will be riding in front of family and friends, as well as many fans. Last year he was fifteenth in the race, and in the Red Bull Rookies Cup he won two of the three races he contested at Brno between 2012 and 2013.

The Moto3 Czech Republic Grand Prix will be held on Sunday at 11am.

Circuit information – Automotodrom Brno
Length: 5.403 m / 3.357 miles
Width: 15m
Left corners: 6
Right corners: 8
Longest straight: 636 m / 0.395 miles
Constructed: 1987
Modified: 1996

Miguel Oliveira,
“We arrive in Brno with plenty of desire to do well, after a really wild race in Indianapolis that was decided by tyre choice. This weekend the forecast is for hot temperatures, so we will see how we respond. As we did at Indianapolis, we will try to be consistent in every session and always be up at the front. The work we do before Sunday will be key to a getting on the podium.”

Brad Binder,
“I arrive at this Grand Prix very keen. The truth is that the race last weekend left me a little disappointed, because after the practices we did, I really thought we could get a very good result if everything had gone as planned. In the end, it was a lottery. Brno is one of my favourite circuits on the calendar. I think it could favour both my riding style and the KTM, and we will be able to make our great top speed count. I hope we enjoy a ‘normal’ weekend.”

Karel Hanika,
“Brno is my home Grand Prix, because I live just 10km from the circuit. It is the event I await most eagerly every year. It is the track where I grew up and started riding, as well as on the minimoto circuit that is beside it. Last year the race was interesting because we were 15th and just 1.8 seconds behind the winner, so we were very close to the top positions. I hope it’s like that this year. If we find a good setup and do those things well in practice, I think we can get a positive result. I’m sure I’m going to have fun, because many fans will come and hopefully they will encourage me. If I had to highlight one area of the circuit it would be Stadion, which is a spectacular sector.”