Satisfactory day of testing in Barcelona for Darryn Binder28/05/2018
Red Bull KTM Ajo rider undertakes a one-day test at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit, where the seventh round of the Moto3 World Championship will take place in three weeks’ time.
Darryn Binder was in between-Grands Prix action this Monday, testing at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit following the French GP and before this weekend’s Italian GP. The South African took part in a one day test at the Spanish track, which will host the seventh round of the Moto3 World Championship season on June 16-17th.
Just eight days after finishing 11th at Le Mans –his best result of the year so far–, Binder was back onboard his KTM to continue adapting the setup. His understanding of the bike is improving in strides, and today he put in some 102 laps.
On a sunny day with perfect track conditions, Binder got to grips with the new asphalt and the new corner –Turn 13– which reverts the layout of the circuit to that of 2016. With Mugello in mind, he and his team also worked on their grip levels with a hard rear tyre.
Happy with the good work carried out today, Darryn Binder will return to action in just four days’ time, when the Italian Grand Prix weekend gets underway.
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“It has been a very exhausting test, since we did a lot of laps, but in general I am happy. This morning we went out on track with basically the same bike as at Le Mans, and we had the same feelings as in France. We knew what we needed to improve under these conditions, and we worked all day to solve those problems. In the final stretch we began to find the right path; I think that we can take another step forward at Mugello and be in the fight for the top positions. The new asphalt is good; it does not have too many bumps, and I also liked going back to the old Turn 13, because before it was very narrow. It’s good to be able to ride at a circuit before a race weekend, and I think this day can be useful for both Mugello and the Catalan GP; I am very satisfied with how the day went.”