Argentina welcomes Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder05/04/2017
Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 team cross the Atlantic for the only South American round on the World Championship calendar.
The Moto2 World Championship makes the 13,000km trip from Asia to South America, as the series moves on from Qatar to Argentina for the second Grand Prix of the season. Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder will be back onboard their new KTM Moto2 bikes, which have already proven to be capable of taking them amongst the frontrunners.
The Termas de Rio Hondo circuit will host a World Championship for the fourth time in its history this weekend. Both Oliveira and Binder have contested all three previous editions, although only the Portuguese has done so in the Moto2 class. Fourth in the opening round of the season, Oliveira aims to reaffirm himself as one of the fastest riders on the grid and compete for a podium spot. He finished twenty-first last year, and still holds the Moto3 circuit record at the Argentinian track.
Binder’s target is to continue adapting his riding to the intermediate class. He will do so at a track where he has fond memories, having taken his first pole position in Moto3 there and finished third last season.
The Grand Prix schedule returns to its usual format, running from Friday to Sunday. The Moto2 race is scheduled for 2:20pm local time on Sunday. Rain may once again be an unwanted guest according to weather forecasts, just as happened last year.
Circuit information – Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo
Length: 4.806 m / 2.986 miles
Width: 16 metres
Left corners: 5
Right corners: 9
Longest straight: 1.076 m / 0.669 miles
41 BRAD BINDER
“The main objective this weekend will be to work even harder in the Free Practice sessions. I have to adapt to the Moto2 riding style and I have to work even harder to go faster. It is a very close class and every detail counts. I have to get more prepared for Sunday’s race. The Termas Rio Hondo circuit is one that in recent seasons has been quite good for me. In 2015 I was fifth and last year I achieved a podium after getting my first World Championship pole position. We will see what this second round of the year holds for us.”
44 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA
“After the great results we got in Qatar, I think the team’s goal for this weekend should be to place at least in the Top 5. That’s our goal for the whole weekend. The circuit is one of the most spectacular on the entire calendar. It’s also a circuit that is pretty good for me, and I still hold the lap record there in Moto3 that has been in place since 2015. I like it a lot. We just have to work just as well as we did in the first race and preseason. I’m focused on improving small aspects of my riding and try to be as precise as possible to have a good weekend.”