Red Bull KTM Ajo head to MotorLand for Aragon GP24/09/2015
Miguel Oliveira, Brad Binder and Karel Hanika want to reaffirm their good feelings from Misano with podium finishes at MotorLand Aragon.
The San Marino Grand Prix and the subsequent test at Misano saw important breakthroughs for the Red Bull KTM Ajo team, as they took their sixth podium of the season through Miguel Oliveira and also debuted a new KTM chassis with which they made continual improvements. Oliveira, Binder and Hanika will face this weekend’s Aragon Grand Prix looking to further increase the number of victories and rostrum finishes to their name this season.
Second at Misano, Miguel Oliveira was close to another victory and had his appetite for glory whetted. The Portuguese wants to fight for the win at Aragon, where in the last three years he has always finished in the Top 10. A fifth place in 2013 is his best finish to date there. He is only 16 points off beating his personal record of points in a single season.
Already experiencing his best year in Moto3 is Brad Binder. The South African was strong at Misano, putting in his best ever qualifying performance, but his pace dipped in the race itself. Eighth last year after starting from the fifth row, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider is chasing top positions this weekend.
The day of testing the Monday after Misano was key to Karel Hanika finding the ideal setup for his bike. Having experienced misfortune at the last three rounds, his goal is to do a good job on Friday and Saturday and score points on Sunday.
The Moto3 race takes place on Sunday from 11am, and is the fourteenth round of the 2015 season.
Circuit information – MotorLand Aragon
Length: 5.078m / 3.155 miles
Left corners: 10
Right corners: 7
Longest straight: 968m / 0.601 miles
“Moto3 races at MotorLand Aragon often feature large groups, because of the long straights. I hope the weather will be kind to us and that we can continue working with the new chassis which we debuted at Misano. It gave us a good feeling from day one. The day of testing was important for continuing to add experience with it and making improvements. I think this circuit could suit it very well and we will continue taking steps forward with the setup. We must fight for victory, as usual.”
“MotorLand Aragon is a circuit which is only three hours from where I live, and where I enjoy riding. It is to my liking and it will be important to have a good engine for the long straight there.
I don’t have very good memories of the track, but I should change that because I feel comfortable riding there.
I will try to fight for the victory. At Misano I had the pace in practice to do that, but was unlucky in the race. I hope my story with this circuit changes on Sunday.”
“I really want to move on from the last few races, where we have not been lucky. We need to start well this Friday, and quickly find a good setup. That’s something that didn’t happen for us at San Marino GP.
MotorLand Aragon is a nice track and I especially love the first part, where there are some quite fast right corners.
It is possible that a large group will be formed in the race, so I hope to be up there.”