Oliveira and Binder set sights on victory at favourable Aragon19/09/2018
Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders visit MotorLand Aragon this week, with fond memories from previous rounds there.
Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder take on a third Grand Prix on Spanish soil this weekend, when the Moto2 World Championship hits MotorLand Aragon. The venue is a special one for both riders, as the Red Bull KTM Ajo pairing have taken great results there in recent years. This time around, the pair have the added boost of being able to put into practice improvements made based on tests at both the Aragonese track and Valencia.
Oliveira is second in the overall standings and looking to cut the gap to the series leader -which currently stands at just 8 points. The Portuguese is in his best form of the season, having picked up one win and two second places in the last three rounds. This weekend he will try to match or better his third place finish from last year at MotorLand Aragon, and he also holds a victory at the track: In Moto3 in 2015 with Red Bull KTM Ajo.
Results from the San Marino GP moved Brad Binder up into third in the standings, despite it having been a difficult weekend for him. The South African is targetting a second podium of the season, at a track where he placed fifth last year. In 2016 he was on the rostrum at MotorLand for the only occasion to date, with an unforgettable second place that clinched him the Moto3 title with 4 races to spare.
The Aragon GP will be the last round in Europe before the flyaway events. The 21-lap Moto2 race takes place on Sunday at 12:20pm local time.
Circuit information – MotorLand Aragon
Length: 5.078m / 3.155 miles
Left corners: 10
Right corners: 7
Longest straight: 968m / 0.601 miles
44 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA
“Last week was very intense, with two positive days of testing in Valencia and then attending the World Superbikes round in Portugal, where I got to share time with fans. I don’t think we could be better prepared for this Grand Prix. The day of testing in Aragon after the British GP, and the two days we had last week, will hopefully help us for this weekend’s action. I hope that the weather conditions and temperatures are similar. Last year we took a good result there on my first attempt with a Moto2, and we’ve won there in Moto3, so I hope that we can continue this positive run ahead of the flyaway rounds.”
41 BRAD BINDER
“The San Marino GP wasn’t as good as we would have liked, but nevertheless we managed to climb to third in the overall standings and we want to keep fighting for that. I’m very excited to be going back to Aragon, because it will always be special as the scene of my Moto3 title triumph. The work we’ve done in testing over the past month, both in Aragon and Valencia, has been very thorough and satisfactory, so I hope to be amongst the frontrunners in every session this weekend. On Sunday it will be important to be as consistent as possible and have a good pace, which we’ve struggled with at recent rounds. I can’t wait to get started!”