Red Bull KTM Ajo in action for second consecutive weekend17/08/2016
Brad Binder and Bo Bendsneyder take on Czech Republic Grand Prix this weekend, following Moto3 World Championship’s first GP in Austria.
After racing last weekend at the Red Bull Ring and testing the day after at the Austrian track, the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders will be back on their bikes again this Friday -this time at the Automotodrom Brno. The historic Czech track hosts the eleventh round of the Moto3 World Championship, at which Brad Binder will attempt to further consolidate his lead of the series and Bo Bendsneyder will aim to keep up his momentum following his best result of the year.
Binder missed out on victory last Sunday, but the twenty points earned from second position in Austria were very well received by the South African. With eight races remaining, Binder has a 67 point advantage over his nearest rival in the overall standings. His points tally for 2016 -179- is already his best ever in the World Championship. He was on the podium last season at Brno.
Bendsneyder’s progress in his rookie season continues apace, and a run of two Top 10 finishes and a further two Grands Prix in the points has been a positive haul from the past four rounds. The Dutchman reached his peak so far this season in Austria, where he placed seventh. Last year at Brno, Bendsneyder claimed a win and a second place in the two Red Bull Rookies Cup races held in the Czech Republic.
This weekend the World Championship celebrates 400 Grands Prix. The Moto3 race will take place at 11am on Sunday.
Circuit information – Automotodrom Brno
Length: 5.403 m / 3.357 miles
Left corners: 6
Right corners: 8
Longest straight: 636 m / 0.395 miles
41 BRAD BINDER
“On Monday we finished four days of work at the Red Bull Ring, and this Friday we start a new GP. We arrive at the Automotodrom Brno after a podium there last year, and this is always good. In last Monday’s test we tried out new setups that we are sure will be useful this weekend. Brno is one of those circuits where there will definitely be a big fight in the big leading group, but our idea is to follow exactly the same philosophy with our work that we used at the Red Bull Ring: Focus on myself and just do my work. If we can do that, we will get good results. The goal, as at every race, has to be the victory.”
64 BO BENDSNEYDER
“The Automotodrom Brno is a track that I like and I think it suits my riding style fairly well. It has very fast corners, long straights and some steep gradients. It will be a difficult weekend but I love the fast sections. The memories I have of the track could hardly be better, as last year I took a second place and a win there in the Red Bull Rookies Cup. I can’t wait to get there and repeat a position in the Top 15 or Top 10 at least.”