Red Bull KTM Ajo aim to extend podium run with rostrum at Assen


Brad Binder is targeting a continuation of his perfect podium run so far in 2016 at Assen, while teammate Bo Bendsneyer is ready for a special home race.

On a run of seven podiums from seven races, Brad Binder has been the standout rider in Moto3 so far this season. He leads the overall standings in the World Championship and is looking to extend his rostrum streak this weekend, as the series heads to Assen for the Dutch TT. The round is a special one for Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Bo Bendsneyder, who competes at his home race off the back of his best Grand Prix result so far –eleventh in Catalonia.

Binder can continue making history for his country at Assen, and has been back to his native South Africa during the past fortnight in order to rest. The 44-point lead he holds in the series does not allow him room to relax, and the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider will be chasing the podium that he was just 4 tenths away from at the Dutch TT last season.

Whilst Bendsneyder has yet to compete in a Dutch TT, he has previous experience at his home track. The rookie has three victories at Assen from his time in the Red Bull Rookies Cup, and feels the layout is perfectly suited to his riding style. He will have plenty of support from the home fans as he chases a points-scoring finish.

Historically held on a Saturday, the Dutch TT undergoes a change this season, adopting the more conventional Friday-Sunday schedule for European rounds. The Moto3 race will take place on Sunday at 11am.

Circuit information – Assen
Length: 4.542 m. / 2,822 miles
Width: 14 metres
Left corners: 6
Right corners: 12
Longest straight: 487 m. / 0,303 miles
Constructed: 1955
Modified: 2012

“I have spent the last two weeks at home in South Africa. I’ve been cycling a lot and training hard to keep fit, in order to be at 100% this weekend. I am really looking forward to the Dutch TT and can’t wait to ride my KTM again. I’m sure that the feeling will be a bit strange on the first few laps on Friday, after two weeks without racing, but it has been very nice to be at home and see my family and friends. I have always enjoyed riding at Assen and have always done quite well. Last year I had a tough time, but I know that this year we are doing a great job. I hope to get another podium finish, which is the goal.”

“This will be the most special week on the calendar for me. All my family and my fans will be there, and I’ll have a lot of commitments to attend to off the track, but I like the entire atmosphere of Assen. These two weeks have helped me to get some rest at home and then return to training hard, doing things like supermoto. I like Assen, because my style is really smooth and that is one of the characteristics that you must have to be fast there. I think this is one of the keys. When I was little there was a lot of racing there, but in recent years I have only ridden twice at Assen Circuit -with the Red Bull Rookies Cup.”