Red Bull KTM Ajo look to stay on the podium at Silverstone26/08/2015
Oliveira, Binder and Hanika face the twelfth round on the calendar hungry after South African’s podium at Brno.
The 5.9km Silverstone circuit, one of the longest on the Moto3 World Championship calendar, this weekend hosts the twelfth round of the series. In it, the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders will again look for places on the podium. Brad Binder was on the rostrum two weeks ago, with third place in the Czech Republic, and the team will look to put together a podium run. Points for the overall standings will also be important, with just seven races remaining until the end of the season. Oliveira is now fourth -111 points-, Brad Binder sixth -99 points- and Karel Hanika sixteenth -33 points.
Fifth in 2013 and fourth last year, the next step for Miguel Oliveira at the British Grand Prix should logically be the podium. The Portuguese rider already showed in Brno, where he led at various stages of the race, that he has now recovered from surgery on his left hand. He will be hungry for a good result at Silverstone after a previous race that did not end as well as he had hoped.
Brad Binder is enjoying his best season in the Moto3 World Championship, just 10 points off his total from the entirety of last year. This is thanks to two podium finishes and six consecutive Top 10 placings. His third place in the Czech Republic allows the South African to face the visit to Silverstone with confidence, heading to track that is not to his liking but at which he feels fast. His best result there was last year, with fifteenth place after starting from the second row.
Karel Hanika will start his 30th Grand Prix on Sunday. Bad luck prevented him from completing his home race, a blow from which he will look to recover at Silverstone -a track where he has already won and been on the podium in the Red Bull Rookies Cup. The first objective for him will be to improve on the twelfth place he took at the British GP in 2014.
The Moto3 race will be the closing attraction of the British round, taking place on Sunday at 2:30pm local time.
Circuit information – Silverstone
Length: 5.900m / 3.666 miles
Width: 17 metres
Left corners: 8
Right corners: 10
Longest straight: 770m / 0.478 miles
“We arrive at the Silverstone Circuit very motivated, after a final lap in Brno that did not go as we wanted. We were having a great weekend and we showed that we could be on the podium.
The circuit that we face this weekend is one that I like. It is quite long, if not the longest in the championship, and it is somewhere that I think other aspects will be important when configuring the setup. For example, the feeling with the front will be key, as the track is quite bumpy. We will fight for a place on the podium once again.”
“Honestly, Silverstone is a track where I have always been quite fast, but it is really is not to my liking. We go there off the second podium of the season, so I hope this gives us confidence for the whole weekend -and especially Sunday’s race.
The target has to be to continue on the podium -not only at the British Grand Prix, but at all the remaining rounds. We have the potential to do it, so we must fight for it.”
“I can’t wait for the British GP. Silverstone is a nice track and somewhere I have fond memories of from my previous visits. Last year I had good race, as throughout I was in the leading group before finally crossing the finish line in twelfth place. I like the track, with its long straights; there are a lot of corners which make it a bit tricky, but we will definitely enjoy ourselves there. I hope to work well with my team on the bike and find the limit quickly in order to be fast. It will not be easy, of course. This past week I’ve been sick and I’m still recovering, but I hope to take advantage of the time before Friday to get back to 100%.”