Oliveira and Binder look to increase podium streak at Silverstone


Miguel Oliveira wants to regain the lead of the overall standings at the British GP, whilst Brad Binder will try to get back on the podium.


Silverstone will host the twelfth round of the Moto2 World Championship this weekend. The Red Bull KTM Ajo riders come into the event in their best form of the year, with two victories and a second position from the last three races, and are hungry for more at the British track.

After a victory and a second place at the last two rounds, Miguel Oliveira has his sights set on the title. Second in the overall standings, the Portuguese wants to regain a lead that is only three points away, and to do this he is targeting a good result in qualifying to set him up well for the race. Silverstone is one of only three circuits on the calendar where he has not placed on the podium: His best result there to date was a fourth position in Moto3 in 2014.

Brad Binder goes to the British GP fourth in Moto2 and only two points outside the Top 3. That is thanks to a great run of results, with nine consecutive Top10 finishes -one win. The British track is also a good one for the South African, where he achieved victory in 2016 in Moto3. Last year he took ninth position in his first Moto2 race at Silverstone, after starting from twentieth place.

As usual, the British GP brings with it a change in the schedule, with the Moto2 race closing the Sunday action. The 18-lap intermediate class contest will start at 2:30pm local time. Red Bull KTM Ajo head the team standings in the Moto2 World Championship with a total of 297 points.


Circuit information – Silverstone
Length: 5.900m / 3.666 miles
Width: 17 metres
Left corners: 8
Right corners: 10
Longest straight: 770m / 0.478 miles
Constructed: 1948
Modified: 2010


“I feel very prepared for the British GP. I have always been fast at Silverstone, but I still haven’t been able to get on the podium. We are talking about another race at another circuit, so the race could turn out several different ways. It could be a duel like in Austria or it might not be; we’ll see, we must be ready for anything. The strategy we use will be that which we have used in recent races, trying to get a good position on the grid in order to be able to fight for the podium on Sunday. There are many points still up for grabs; You have to complete races and score as many points as you can. On this weekend the weather is always a bit uncertain, but we are ready for any conditions.”

“In general I have very good memories of Silverstone. I got a win there in 2016, with Bo [Bendsneyder] on the third step of the podium, so it was a great day for Red Bull KTM Ajo. I had a very positive week of work after the Austrian GP, in which I was training hard, and I feel strong ahead of this weekend. To start with, the goal will be to improve on our sixth place from the last few races; We have repeated that position too many times! It will be important to give 110% on every lap that I do; if I can do that, then a good result will come on Sunday. Recent races have not gone as well as I had expected, so I want to take a step forward.”