Red Bull KTM Ajo attempt to complete first half of 2016 season with good feeling


Moto3 World Championship leader, no rx Brad Binder, capsule seeks to extend his advantage at Sachsenring, malady and teammate Bo Bendsneyder wants to continue his positive momentum this weekend.

The ninth round of the Moto3 World Championship takes place this weekend at Sachsenring -a track with good memories for Red Bull KTM Ajo. In each of the last four years, the team have put a rider on the front row of the grid, and have two wins in Germany from Sandro Cortese (2012) and Jack Miller (2014). This year Brad Binder faces the German Grand Prix eager to return to winning ways and further extend his overall advantage of 48 points. Teammate Bo Bendsneyder is also looking forward to the weekend, having taken his best result in the World Championship last time out with ninth place.

For Brad Binder, Sachsenring is a special venue. It was there that he took the first podium of his career in 2014, and set the current circuit record of 1:26.877. The current leader of the Moto3 class arrives in Germany at the head of the overall standings with 151 points, 48 clear of his nearest rival. The South African will try to bounce back this weekend, after failing to get on the podium for the first time this season at the Dutch TT.

Bo Bendsneyder also has fond memories of Sachsenring, where last year he won the first race of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup event in Germany. For the Dutch rider, Round 9 will be an opportunity to continue a positive run of results, after scoring points at two consecutive Grands Prix and claiming a career best ninth place at Assen.

The German Grand Prix race takes place on Sunday at 11am local time.

Circuit information – Sachsenring
Length: 3.671 m / 2.281 miles
Width: 12 metres
Left corners: 10
Right corners: 3
Longest straight: 700 m / 0.435 miles
Constructed: 1996
Modified: 2003

“I come into this weekend very motivated and with the aim of winning the race, as it was somewhat disappointing not to have taken a good result at Assen. Sachsenring is a track I have always enjoyed, and has gone very well for me over the years. In 2014 I got my first podium in the World Championship there, finishing second, so I have very good memories of that experience. The German Grand Prix marks the end of the first half of the season; I really want to take a further step forward and consolidate my lead in the World Championship.”

“I am looking forward to the German Grand Prix. I like Sachsenring; it is a very short and twisty circuit, without any long straight. These characteristics mean the track often works out well for me, and last year I won a race in the Red Bull Rookies Cup there. I love Germany as a country as well, so it will be a great experience. After two Grands Prix in the points, I feel confident and I think our goal should be to be to get into in the leading group fighting for points -and hopefully finish in the Top10.”