Red Bull KTM Ajo return to action with full team in Indianapolis05/08/2015
Miguel Oliveira, back from injury, Brad Binder and Karel Hanika face Round 10 of the World Championship after the summer break.
After three weeks without racing, the Red Bull KTM Ajo team this week travel to the United States for the second time this year, to contest the tenth round of the Moto3 World Championship. The big news for the team is the return to competition of Miguel Oliveira, who after an incident in FP1 in Germany and a subsequent operation to his left hand, will be back onboard his KTM. He and his teammates, Brad Binder and Karel Hanika, come to Indianapolis motivated and eager to move up in the standings.
Miguel Oliveira -third in the overall standings with 102 points- never gives up and will continue to fight to take good results that allow him to dream of the title. The Portuguese does not come to America 100% fit, following the operation on his left hand that prevented him from racing at the German Grand Prix. In his 4 visits to Indianapolis, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider has always placed in the Top 10, with fourth in 2012 his best result.
Meanwhile, Brad Binder reaches the race hoping to be among the fastest riders on the grid. The South African will tries to perform at his best, which has allowed him to place on the podium once this year, at the circuit where he made his debut in the World Championship in 2011.
Karel Hanika visits the legendary track for the second time. The Czech, who has added two front rows to his CV in recent rounds, faces the second half of the World Championship season with the intention of continuing in the front group and finishing the job in the final stretch of the races. Last year, Hanika took thirteenth place on his debut at the track.
The Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix will be held on Sunday at 11am local time, 5pm CET. Last season, Jack Miller got third for Red Bull KTM Ajo.
Circuit information – Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Length: 4.170 metres / 2.591 miles
Width: 16 metres
Left corners: 10
Right corners: 6
Longest straight: 872 m / 0.542 miles
“The holidays didn’t go as I expected. I had to recover from the injury that I suffered in the German GP, which in between gym and physiotherapy, took up most of my time. Nonetheless, I managed to spend some time with family and friends. Indianapolis will be a bit strange for me, I’m not feeling 100% to face the challenge of the weekend. But all the points count and they are precious for the final standings, so I’lI have to adapt to the circuit and give my best every time I go out on track. I have no doubt that the fact that I’m going to compete this weekend is due only to the medical team led by Dr. Morais Sarmento and the therapist Dr. Maria Filomena Rocha, who were able to help me recover in record time.”
“After three weeks without racing we arrive at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a track that I think will perfectly suit our bike, being faster and more flowing. I think this is what we need to take a step forward. I feel good, I have spent some days off in South Africa, training hard to get to this weekend more prepared than ever. We cannot settle for the seventh place in Germany, because we know we can do better and move up. It is a track that I like and that brings me good memories because I raced my first GP here. I hope to get a good result.”
“The summer break has helped me to train hard to face the second half of the season. I think Indianapolis is a circuit that can be quite favourable for us, with smooth, flowing corners. It will be the second time we have raced there as I debuted last year and didn’t do badly, finishing in the points. This year we will have to lower some tenths from our pace if we want to be the leading group. Overall it’s a track that I like and a race at which I arrive very motivated after three weeks without racing.”