Red Bull KTM Ajo look for first Le Mans podium in Moto216/05/2018
Miguel Oliveira aims to finish on the rostrum for the fourth consecutive race, while Brad Binder will be back at the French track where he won in 2016.
The Moto2 World Championship continues its European run and this weekend heads to Le Mans for the French Grand Prix, the fifth event of the year. Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 team have so far been the top team after the first four races of the season. Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder will have their sights set on a first victory of the campaign and continuing with the good results achieved at the start of 2018.
Miguel Oliveira has three podiums and a Top 5 finish from the four races contested so far. At the Red Bull Spanish GP, the Portuguese rider got his best result with a second place. Oliveira is fully involved in the fight for the title, as he lies just 10 points off the leader and 1 from the rider in second place. He has never been on the rostrum at Le Mans, something he wants to change this weekend.
Brad Binder has a great memory of his last participation at the French track: A victory in Moto3 in 2016. After missing last year’s race at the historic circuit due to an injury, the South African comes to Le Mans motivated and will seek to claim his first podium of the season. He took his best qualifying result of the year to date at Jerez, and hopes to finish the job this Sunday with a result that improves on the sixth positions achieved in Qatar, USA and Spain.
The 25-lap Moto2 race will begin on Sunday at 12:20pm local time.
Circuit information – Bugatti Circuit
Length: 4.185 m / 2.600 miles
Width: 15 metres
Left corners: 5
Right corners: 9
Longest straight: 674 m / 0.418 miles
44 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA
“The aim is to keep up what we’ve been doing in recent Grands Prix, in which we’ve taken three consecutive podiums. Of course, one thing that we can improve is qualifying higher up the order. Last year’s French GP was very difficult for us; we never found the best setup to adapt the bike to the track. It’s a circuit with hard braking, sharp acceleration and chicanes, so we will work on getting a setup that allows us to be fast and comfortable. The important thing is to not make mistakes, continue collecting points and increase our run of podiums. Finishing inside the Top 3 would be a great result.”
41 BRAD BINDER
“I can’t wait to start the weekend at Le Mans. It will be my first time there with a Moto2 bike, as unfortunately I missed the Grand Prix last year due to an injury. I have done my homework and I have been watching all the videos of last year’s intermediate class race. I want to work hard and get a great result, like we did in 2016 in Moto3. My goal is to do a good job from FP1 through to the race; if we do that, the result is sure to come by itself, because we have the potential for it.”