Previous winners Oliveira and Binder set sights on Mugello repeat30/05/2018
Both Red Bull KTM Ajo riders hold victories at the Italian track in Moto3, and attempt to do likewise in Moto2 this year. Oliveira is currently second in the overall standings.
The Moto2 World Championship comes to Mugello this weekend, making its annual visit to one of the most legendary circuits on the calendar. It is also the scene of some of the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders’ best memories, as both have won at the event in the past.
In 2015 –his first season with the team– Miguel Oliveira claimed his first Grand Prix victory at the Italian track. The following year, Brad Binder was the racewinner in Italy, as part of a streak of three consecutive victories en route to the Moto3 title. In Moto2, the best result for the team is the fifth place taken by Oliveira last year.
The Portuguese arrives in Italy second in the overall standings, having gained a position despite the difficult weekend he experienced two weeks ago in France. The aim for him this weekend at Mugello will be to try to cut the gap to the series leader by as many points as possible and challenge for the win. To do this, he will try to take advantage of the improvements made to his KTM on the day of testing held this past Monday in Barcelona.
Brad Binder not only won the Italian GP in 2016; he also returned from three races out through injury to place in the Top 10 in 2017. The South African returns to his favourite track on the calendar, confident that he will be able to take a step forward in results, following three consecutive Top 10 finishes.
The sixth Moto2 race of 2018, held over 21 laps, will start on Sunday, June 3rd at 12:20pm local time.
Circuit information – Mugello
Length: 5.245 m / 3.259 miles
Width: 15 metres
Left corners: 6
Right corners: 9
Longest straight: 1.141 m / 0.709 miles
44 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA
“We come into this GP after a positive test at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit on Monday, which I’m sure will help us because we found important improvements to the setup. This is a different track to Le Mans, so I am confident that we can get into the top positions again. I have good memories of Mugello; I got my first victory there in Moto3 and last year we took fifth position –a place that I hope to better this Sunday. We will work hard to be able to fight for the victory. I’m sure we can take the win, so we will work hard to get it.”
41 BRAD BINDER
“We go to Mugello with more confidence after Monday’s test in Barcelona, where we found a couple of improvements to the setup of the KTM –basically with braking and turning the bike, which should help us a lot from now on. We will work hard to get a good result at a circuit that I love, and that I would say is my favourite on the calendar. I think Sunday’s race will be very tough –probably the toughest race, physically, of the whole year. In any case, I feel that I am at 100% and that we can do really well.”