Oliveira and Binder head Valencia aiming to enjoy season finale08/11/2017
Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders arrive at the last Grand Prix of the year off the back of two consecutive 1-2 finishes.
Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder will bring their first season with KTM in Moto2 to an end this weekend in Valencia. The Red Bull KTM Ajo riders have enjoyed an excellent year, evolving race by race, and showed their potential with two consecutive 1-2 finishes in Australia and Malaysia last month. Now both face the last round of the year having achieved their goals, and are looking only to give their all and enjoy the season finale.
Whatever happens in Valencia, Miguel Oliveira will end the year in third place in the Moto2 World Championship. The Portuguese rider and his KTM bike have made steady improvement throughout the season, and Oliveira arrives at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in his best form yet, after two consecutive victories. He will aim to repeat his success from 2015 at the track, where he won the Moto3 Valencia GP.
Brad Binder also reached his best form during the flyaways, with two second places that have confirmed his magnificent development this year. The South African, who has already established himself in the Top 10 of the intermediate class, will look to finish the year with another great performance in Valencia, where last year he took the victory in his farewell from the Moto3 class.
The Moto2 race will be held on Sunday at 12:20pm local time. At the gala on Sunday afternoon, Miguel Oliveira will be awarded his prize for finishing in third place in this 2017 Moto2 World Championship.
Circuit information – Ricardo Tormo
Length: 4.005m / 2.489 miles
Left corners: 9
Right corners: 5
Longest straight: 876 m / 0.544 miles
41 BRAD BINDER
“The last two races, in Australia and Malaysia, have gone really well for us. Getting second place at two consecutive Grands Prix is incredible. It was good to have this week off to prepare and train hard for the last round in Valencia. We have already tested at the track and we already feel really good on the bike, so I hope to continue with this great dynamic and fight for a third podium this Sunday.”
44 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA
“I’m very motivated for the last race of the year in Valencia. After having tested at this circuit a few times with the KTM Moto2 bike, I think we can be competitive this weekend. Even so, we must reinforce the idea that we have nothing to lose and that we have already secured third position in the World Championship standings. We will go out there to have fun, to do a good job and to try to give the fans a good result. We want to confirm the good form we had at the last Grands Prix.”