Oliveira and Binder to ride in Thailand for the first time03/10/2018
Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders hope to adapt as quickly as possible to the Chang International Circuit and fight for the podium on Sunday.
Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder head to Buriram to take part in the first of four flyaway rounds in the final stretch of the season. The Thai GP presents a new challenge for the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders, since it will be the first time that the Moto2 World Championship has come to the 4.5km Chang International Circuit. The duo come into the round second and third, respectively, in the overall standings, and both will have to adapt to the track quickly in order to challenge for the top positions in the race.
Oliveira will look to reduce the gap to the series leader at the start of the flyaway rounds, which currently stands at just 19 points. With 125 points still available, the Portuguese will be boosted by his good results in the final stages of previous seasons, and he will try to repeat this in 2018, starting with the Thai GP.
Binder arrives in Thailand in great form after winning the last Grand Prix at MotorLand Aragon -his second victory of the season. The win also allowed him to further consolidate his current third place in the overall standings, and now the South African will seek to maintain his good run of results and increase his advantage over those behind him.
Red Bull KTM Ajo remain top of the Moto2 team standings, coming into the 24-lap race that takes place at 12:20pm local time on Sunday.
Circuit information – Chang International Circuit
Lenght: 4554m / 2.83 miles
Left corners: 5
Right corners: 7
Longest straight: 1000m
44 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA
“This is a time of the year that I like, and where both in Moto3 and last year in Moto2 we have achieved great results. This season we start the flyaways in Buriram, a circuit that is completely unknown and that I have only been able to see on television. It will be important to do as many laps as possible in the Free Practice sessions, in order to adapt as quickly as possible and to get a good position on the grid on Saturday. We are only 19 points off the leader and there are still 125 points left, so we will try to get as many as we can from the remaining five races.”
41 BRAD BINDER
“We arrive in Thailand after a month of many tests and an excellent weekend in Aragon, with a pole position and victory. It couldn’t be better for us. It’s always a challenge to ride at a new track and I can’t wait to get out on track in Thailand. I’ve watched several WSBK races to get a first impression of the track, although in the end we have to see it in person in order to truly understand it. If we continue with the good work we have been doing, lap after lap, in each session, then I’m sure that we can fight for a good result on Sunday.”