Red Bull KTM Ajo aim for third consecutive victory at home GP08/08/2018
Moto2 World Championship leader Miguel Oliveira and teammate Brad Binder come into the Austrian GP with their sights set on podium finishes.
The Red Bull Ring will host the second consecutive Grand Prix for the Moto2 World Championship this weekend, when the series hits Austria. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 team come into their most special event of the season in the best possible way: Having won the last two races at Sachsenring and Brno, they lead the team standings and also the rider standings with Miguel Oliveira. The Portuguese rider and teammate Brad Binder want another great result at Red Bull and KTM’s home round.
Miguel Oliveira arrives in Austria as the new leader of the intermediate class, after his second victory of the season in the Czech Republic last weekend -rewarding the great development work done in recent weeks by KTM and WP. The Portuguese is two points ahead of his closest rival. Unfortunately for the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider, last season he crashed out of the Austrian GP when fighting for the top positions.
Brad Binder placed sixth in the Czech Republic, and is fifth in the overall standings. He expects to return to the podium spots in Austria, where he was on the rostrum with second place in 2016 in Moto3. In last season’s Moto2 race, he finished seventh at the Red Bull Ring.
Oliveira and Binder will try to take KTM’s first home podium in Moto2, when the race gets underway at 12:20pm local time on Sunday.
Circuit information – Red Bull Ring
Length: 4.318 m / 2.683 miles
Width: 13 metres
Left corners: 3
Right corners: 7
Longest straight: 626 m / 0.389 miles
44 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA
“This round is Red Bull and KTM’s home Grand Prix and I want to give something extra because of the huge support we receive throughout the weekend. I want to be competitive and get back on the podium. We changed our strategy in the Czech Republic and it went really well. Our goal is always to fight for the victory. Austria is a circuit at which I feel good, and where last year’s race ended badly because I crashed five laps from the end, but we were able to be very competitive. I’m really looking forward to getting back there and being strong again, in order to continue taking points in this close title fight.”
41 BRAD BINDER
“The Red Bull Ring is a circuit that is very different from Brno. With the work that we have been doing over the last few races, I am convinced that we can do a good job and get a good result. This weekend it will be very important to focus on braking, which will be a key aspect; if we can find the best setup, I can be strong. It’s a very important weekend for KTM and Red Bull, so I hope I can give both them and the fans a good race.”