Miguel Oliveira to start from third row at Misano


Portuguese rider will begin San Marino GP from 9th, while Brad Binder will do so from 17th position.

Qualifying for the San Marino GP saw Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder take ninth and seventeenth place, respectively, on the starting grid. The two Red Bull KTM Ajo riders put in their best laps of the weekend in the Saturday afternoon session, qualifying within 1 second of pole position.

For the intermediate category riders, the last Free Practice session was focused on working with used tyres. Both Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder were unable to go faster than they had on Friday, setting their best times in the final ten minutes but remaining in twentieth -1:39.049- and twenty-fourth -1:39.169-, respectively.

The Red Bull KTM Ajo riders both clocked their best lap of Misano to date in the afternoon run to decide the starting grid. On their first run with new tyres, Oliveira and Binder were eighth and seventeenth, respectively. After a second stint with the same tyres, the pair lowered their lap times on their third run -with a further set of fresh rubber. It was in the last ten minutes that Oliveira -1:37.983- and Binder -1:38.333-, confirmed their positions on the third and sixth rows, respectively.

Tomorrow’s 26-lap Moto2 race will take place from 12:20pm. Binder and Oliveira have both previously placed on the podium at Misano, in Moto3.

Results (Qualifying Practice)
1. Mattia Pasini (Kalex) 1:37.390
2. Franco Morbidelli (Kalex) 1:37.473 +0.083
3. Dominique Aegerter (Suter) 1:37.723 +0.333
4. Lorenzo Baldassarri (Kalex) 1:37.734 +0.344
5. Takaaki Nakagami (Kalex) 1:37.777 +0.387
9. Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:37.983 +0.593
17. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:38.333 +0.943


“Qualifying didn’t turn out as we had initially planned. I can take away the fact that I don’t have a bad pace and I can ride consistently -although I feel that I’m a little on the limit. We have to change some things with the bike so that I can feel there is more room for improvement. Overall, it’s neither the best, nor the worst result. Tomorrow when the race starts I know that I will be well prepared, and I believe that I can gain positions. I’d obviously prefer tomorrow’s race to be dry, but if it’s wet then it doesn’t change anything; we will give 100% and see what we can do.”

“After yesterday my expectations for qualifying were a little higher, but I’m happy. Seeing how the practice went this morning, finishing half a second off pole isn’t at all bad. In FP3 we made a change to the bike that didn’t end up working out, and it all combined: The situation on track, the grip level… Nothing turned out well for us. In the afternoon we knew that the grip would drop a little, and we tried to make the most of it to improve in such conditions. There’s still work to do, but tomorrow we will give our all to take a good result. I’m not worried about if there’s rain tomorrow, because it’s a bit of a lottery and will affect all of us equally.”