Jerez hosts second test of 2018 for Oliveira and Binder


The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders start three days of work at the Andalusian circuit, with Oliveira placing inside the Top 5.

Following last week’s test in Valencia, this Monday the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders were on track in Jerez to start a further three days of action. Although the riders tried to escape the cold and wet conditions, neither Oliveira nor Binder participated in the second session due to the rain. Fortunately, they were able to take advantage of the first and last sessions, obtaining the fourth and eleventh, respectively, in the combined timesheet.

Once again, the first day of testing was used to gain feeling and adapt to the weather, this time with strong winds. The pair were also able to start comparing different bike setups, this time focusing on suspension. Oliveira, after 37 laps, set a best time of 1:42.594 -fourth-; a lap half a second faster than his top time in the first hour of testing. Binder improved on his best lap by more than a second for a 1:42.983 time in the final minutes. After 42 laps, he placed eleventh and was satisfied with his final hour of the day.

Testing at the Andalusian track will continue until Wednesday.

Combined Standings Day 1
1. Francesco Bagnaia (Kalex) 1:42.330
2. Alex Marquez (Kalex) 1:42.496 +0.166
3. Mattia Pasini (Kalex) 1:42.560 +0.230
4. Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:42.594 +0.264
5. Lorenzo Baldassarri (Kalex) 1:42.687 +0.357
11. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:42.983 +0.653


“This first day went well. At midday it rained and we couldn’t ride in the second session. The track dried out fairly quickly and we were able to work, although we have plenty of room for improvement tomorrow. We have been able to test some suspension settings, but the truth is that we have focused basically on adapting the bike to the windy conditions and low grip we have encountered at the moment.”

“The first day has not gone badly. Unfortunately we couldn’t ride in the second session of the day because it started to rain just as we were leaving the pits, and it was completely wet. The positive part of the day was the last run, when I started to feel more comfortable again and more steady on the bike. We were able to start taking steps forward with the setup. Being comfortable on the bike means we can focus on how to ride it, because the bike is very good. Tomorrow I think we can take a big step and get into a better position.”