Binder returns to unforgettable MotorLand Aragon20/09/2017
The South African rider will race at the circuit where he was proclaimed Moto3 World Champion last season. The track also holds good memories for Miguel Oliveira, who won there in 2015.
On September 25th, 2016, Brad Binder and Red Bull KTM Ajo clinched the Moto3 World title with a second position at MotorLand Aragon. A year later and now onboard a Moto2 bike, they return to the Spanish track for the fourteenth GP of the season. The circuit is also a good one for teammate Miguel Oliveira, who won there in Moto3 in 2015.
The last three rounds have not turned out as the Portuguese had hoped. Different incidents in each have prevented Oliveira from finishing in the Top 5 -positions in which he had been riding all weekend. Confident after the two days of private testing held last week in Valencia, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider will contest the Aragon GP with a Moto2 bike for the first time, after an injury prevented him from participating in last year’s edition.
If there is a day that Brad Binder will never forget, it’s the Sunday of the 2016 Aragon GP, when he clinched his first World Championship. If that was not enough to get motivated, the South African comes into the Grand Prix after getting his best result of the season so far in San Marino: Fifth place.
Both riders will try to repeat previous successes starting at 12.20pm on Sunday, when the third of the four Spanish races this season begins.
Circuit information – MotorLand Aragon
Length: 5.078m / 3.155 miles
Left corners: 10
Right corners: 7
Longest straight: 968m / 0.601 miles
41 BRAD BINDER
“I’m very excited to return to Aragon. The memories of last year’s race are unforgettable. I managed to win the World Championship and finish in second place in a great race. It’s a track where I have always enjoyed myself, so we’ll see what feelings I have with the Moto2. After the two days of testing last week in Valencia, we took a step forward, so we are prepared for the weekend.”
44 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA
“I don’t think that we will have very big problems with the setup at Aragon. It will be the first time I get on the Moto2 at this GP, as last year an injury kept me out. The test in Valencia was very good and we drew very positive conclusions that we will look at during the Aragon Grand Prix. I am very motivated to do well, and I want to finish the race and add points before the Asian flyaways.”