Red Bull KTM Ajo target repeat win in Malaysia26/10/2016
Brad Binder and Bo Bendsneyder aim to continue positive run of 5 podiums in 4 races for Red Bull KTM Ajo at Sepang.
The Malaysian Grand Prix, the penultimate event on the Moto3 World Championship calendar, brings the flyaway rounds to an end this weekend. Red Bull KTM Ajo head to a track where, in the past four years, they have managed three wins. Brad Binder, already crowned 2016 World Champion, has his sights set on second straight victory, after triumphing at Phillip Island last weekend. Bo Bendsneyder will look to pick up points at a track where he has never ridden before.
Binder’s win at Phillip Island saw him escape from the leading group and cross the line with an advantage of almost six seconds. The victory also extended his run of consecutive podiums to five: A streak that includes 3 wins and 2 second places. With another win on Sunday –where last season he placed second– he would equal the record for Moto3 victories in a season with 7. That record was set by Luis Salom with Red Bull KTM Ajo in 2013.
After a hard-fought Top 10 finish in Australia, Bo Bendsneyder takes on an unfamiliar track for the third consecutive week. The newly resurfaced Sepang International Circuit is very different from Phillip Island, and will test the endurance of the Dutch rookie and the rest of the Moto3 grid with its sweltering heat.
Red Bull KTM Ajo have enjoyed huge success in the last four editions of the Malaysian Grand Prix. They hold wins through Sandro Cortese (2012), Luis Salom (2013) and Miguel Oliveira (2015) and second positions thanks to Jack Miller (2014) and Brad Binder (2015).
The Moto3 race will be held this Sunday at 12pm local time, 5:00am CET.
Circuit information – Sepang International Circuit
Length: 5.543m / 3.444 miles
Left corners: 5
Right corners: 10
Longest straight: 920m / 0.572 miles
41 BRAD BINDER
“The Sepang International Circuit is a track I like and where I usually get good results. I go there happy and confident following the round in Australia. It was a great GP for me and in the race I was able to escape from the pack for the first time since Jerez. I cannot thank the team enough for the great work they did with the setup of the KTM, which was incredibly good. In Malaysia we have to keep calm and work from the first session on Friday to get the best possible pace, ahead of Sunday’s race. We will look to fight for another victory.”
64 BO BENDSNEYDER
“We head to this final round of the Asian Grands Prix pleased to have achieved another Top 10 – especially at an unfamiliar circuit. At Sepang we will have to start from scratch again, since I have never ridden there either. It seems like a nice circuit, with very different characteristics to Phillip Island. I also believe that the temperatures will be completely different than in Australia. They say it’s very hot there, so hopefully I can deal with this well and enjoy the weekend.”