Oliveira and Binder set their sights on the podium at Silverstone23/08/2017
Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders hope to consolidate their recent progression at the British GP this weekend.
The former airfield of the Royal Air Force Station, now known as the Silverstone Circuit, will this weekend host the twelfth round of the Moto2 season. The Red Bull KTM Ajo riders arrive at this event off the back of contrasting results at the Austrian GP, with Miguel Oliveira crashing for the first time this year and with Brad Binder matching his best result of the season to date. Both face the British GP with optimism and convinced that they will take a further step forward this weekend.
Oliveira miraculously emerged unscathed from his heavy crash during the race at the Red Bull Ring. He was even able to participate in the test held the following Monday at the Austrian track. Already fully recovered from the fall, Oliveira hopes to fight for the podium at the longest circuit on the calendar. His best result at Silverstone thus far was in the 2014 season in Moto3, when he finished fourth.
Binder is enjoying his best form of the season, and was seventh in Austria a fortnight ago. The South African wants to further improve at the British GP in order to enter the Top 5 and look towards the podium places. Comfortable onboard his KTM, Binder has an intriguing history at Silverstone: Despite always having difficulties there, he took the win in last year’s Moto3 contest.
Exceptionally, due to a clash with Formula 1, the Moto2 race will be held at 2pm local time on Sunday.
Circuit information – Silverstone
Length: 5.900m / 3.666 miles
Width: 17 metresLeft corners: 8
Right corners: 10
Longest straight: 770m / 0.478 miles
41 BRAD BINDER
“Honestly, Silverstone is a track that has always been fairly tough for me, although in recent years I have achieved good results there; That doesn’t mean that it hasn’t been difficult to achieve them. I can’t wait to go there with Moto2 this weekend, because the characteristics of the circuit could be very favourable for our KTM bike. I feel strong and every race we are progressing, so we must continue in this way. In Austria I fought until the last corner for sixth position, which would have been my best result of the season so far. Although I am not obsessed with my position, we will fight to be as close as possible to the front.”
44 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA
“The British GP is usually a very important weekend for the World Championship. It’s a tricky circuit, the longest of the season, with a mixture of very interesting corners and hard braking, where you have to turn the bike a lot, and with some slow corners. It’s not easy to find the perfect setup for the bike and it is easy to make a mistake and lose points. I’m confident that we can do a good job and very motivated after the crash in Austria. Fortunately, I’m at 100% physically.”