Oliveira and Binder start final third of 2017 season06/09/2017
Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders hope to repeat strong showings at the San Marino GP at Misano this weekend.
When a rider finishes on the podium, it is difficult to be satisfied with anything less -even if placing on the rostrum was not the real goal at the beginning of the season. That is the situation for Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder, who have set the bar high in the 2017 season. Both have finished in the Top 3 at previous editions of the San Marino GP, and will look to repeat that this weekend when the World Championship arrives in Misano.
Oliveira’s third position at Brno was the most recent time that he took to the podium this year. After two races off the rostrum, the Portuguese wants to get back on the box this Sunday, as this season he has never missed out on a podium for three consecutive races. Misano appears to be a good place to turn things around: In 2015 he finished second in Moto3 and had previously taken an additional three Top 10 placings there.
Binder wants to try to fight for the podium in the remaining six races of 2017. Increasingly close to these positions, the South African knows that now he must take an important step forward in qualifying to be able to progress, having already consolidated his ability to place in the Top 10. He has always had great performances at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, and last year in Moto3 he took victory from pole.
The 13th round of the Moto2 season will run the usual schedule for European appointments, with the first Free Practice on Friday, qualifying on Saturday and the race at 12:20pm on Sunday.
Circuit information – Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli
Length: 4.226m / 2.626 miles
Left corners: 6
Right corners: 10
Longest straight: 565m / 0.351 miles
Constructed: 1969Modified: 2008
41 BRAD BINDER
“For this Grand Prix I have to learn to work better all weekend. I can’t be starting races from so far back on the starting grid. I have to try to ride at race pace in qualifying, or even in Free Practice 3. That will allow me to work conscientiously and understand what I will encounter. I’m learning in races, but I have to do that before the end of the weekend, from Friday to Saturday, to be even more prepared.The Misano Circuit is a great track for me. Whenever I have been there I have been quite fast, although that has always been in Moto3. We’ll see how I get on in Moto2. I hope to enjoy myself again and I’m ready to fight.”
44 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA
“The Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli is a track that I like, where I have always performed well and I think it suits my riding style. Last year, in my first year in Moto2, I was riding in tenth when I crashed, so although the final result was not as expected, the feeling throughout the weekend was positive. I am really looking forward to getting back on the bike and to finishing a race in the Top 5, as I wasn’t able to do that at the British GP. I think we’ve been ready to win for 5 races, so we’re going to work hard as always and give it our all at this latest round.”