Darryn Binder continues work with his KTM in Jerez


Red Bull KTM Ajo takes advantage of good weather at the Spanish circuit to continue adapting to the characteristics of his new bike.


After a first day of the Jerez test in difficult track conditions, Darryn Binder was able to enjoy two dry sessions on Wednesday. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider improved his lap times in each of the sessions, although the progress made was not as big as expected. After specific work on the front end of his KTM for 50 laps, Binder set a best lap of 1:47.931 -placing 26th.

The sun finally made an appearance at Jerez Circuit on Wednesday, but did not arrive in time to dry out the track for the first hour of the day scheduled for the Moto3 riders. This meant that Binder waited until the second session to complete his first 23 laps of the day, with a best time of 1:48.134. His lap was quicker than his fastest from Tuesday, and his work over the 1 hour and 10 minutes on track was focused on the front end of his KTM. Looking to ride better on fast corners, the South African went out in the last session ready to continue taking steps forward. Binder was able to break the 1:48 barrier after 27 laps.

Tomorrow will see the 2018 preseason come to an end, on a day in which the weather forecasts predict constant rain. It may be the moment in which Darryn Binder decides to try setting his KTM up for wet conditions.


Combined Standings Day 2
1. Jorge Martin (Honda) 1:45.945
2. Enea Bastianini (Honda) 1:46.046 +0.101
3. Aron Canet (Honda) 1:46.207 +0.262
4. Fabio Di Giannantonio (Honda) 1:46.549 +0.604
5. Marco Bezzecchi (KTM) 1:46.556 +0.611
26. Darryn Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:47.931 +1.986


“Fortunately the conditions have been better today; we have been able to ride two full sessions. During the first session we compared different things with the setup to see what the results were, although finally we decided to return to the base setup with which we had been working previously. I’m focusing basically on the front end of the bike and on taking fast corners. In some points I felt that we were fast, but I have to keep fighting to improve on some points of the track. Once I improve my riding, I will start to feel better on the bike. I need to do more laps and find an optimal mix between my riding and the setup, in order to continue improving even more.”