Red Bull KTM Ajo riders face unpredictable British GP31/08/2016
Brad Binder and Bo Bendsneyder return to action at Silverstone, where the weather is always a surprise.
Three of the last four Moto3 races have been held in the wet, and this weekend the chances of a fourth rainy contest are high, as Great Britain hosts the twelfth round of the calendar. The Red Bull KTM Ajo riders come into the contest at Silverstone off the back of different results at Brno last time out: Brad Binder, who leads the World Championship by 61 points, crashed out whilst leading the Czech GP, whilst Bo Bendsneyder repeated his best placing of the year so far with seventh.
Not even the 61-point advantage in the overall standings were a consolation for Binder after the Czech GP. The South African said that he felt better in the wet than ever with his KTM, which is a positive sign after he struggled in wet conditions at Silverstone last year. This weekend, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider is looking for a podium. His best placing to date at Silverstone fifteenth in 2014.
Diverse weather conditions have not been a problem for Bendsneyder in the four races in which he participated at the British track with the Red Bull Rookies Cup. One win and two third positions show the great feeling that the Dutchman has at Silverstone, and he comes into the weekend off the back of two consecutive seventh place finishes in the World Championship and a run of five races in the points.
The 17-lap Moto3 race takes place this Sunday at 12:30pm -local time-.
Circuit information – Silverstone
Length: 5.900m / 3.666 miles
Width: 17 metres
Left corners: 8
Right corners: 10
Longest straight: 770m / 0.478 miles
41 BRAD BINDER
“Silverstone is a circuit that, despite not being one of my favourites, I was very fast in the dry last year. It went really well for us, so I want to compensate for the result in Brno this weekend. The biggest challenge at Silverstone is being able to adapt quickly to the weather, because you never know what conditions you will encounter. Hopefully it will not rain, but if it does then I will try to do my best. In Brno, before the crash, I was feeling better than ever in the wet and that’s important; the bike was perfect and I was very comfortable riding. Last year’s race at Silverstone was horrible, in the rain, and I crashed three times, so this year I need a good performance.”
64 BO BENDSNEYDER
“I can’t wait to compete again. The Silverstone circuit is one that I really like, is fast and long, and I have achieved good results there: One win and two podiums in my two years with the Red Bull Rookies Cup. In the UK you never know what the weather will be like, but I hope it is as good as possible. If it rains on Sunday, we will try to do as we did at Brno, but we’ll see. Beforehand, the minimum goal should be to get into the points. Once practice starts, we will see if we can go for the Top 10. We are on a good run of results and we need to continue to grow as we have been, as this is the way to go.”