Brad Binder and Jorge Martin have satisfying second day at Jerez


Red Bull KTM Ajo riders continue to develop the new KTM Moto2 bike on Thursday at the Andalusian track.


Brad Binder and Jorge Martin continued progressing with their preparations for the 2019 Moto2 World Championship season this Thursday, riding on the second day of the Official Test at the Jerez Circuit – Angel Nieto. It was the fourth in a row at the Spanish track for the Red Bull KTM Ajo pair, who also undertook a private test there on Monday and Tuesday. The duo focused on development and setup work for the Moto2 bike that KTM have provided them with for 2019.

On Thursday, Brad Binder devoted his time to fine-tuning the configuration of his bike. The South African had a good pace, leading a large part of the second session and finishing on the top spot the third one -clocking a personal best of 1:41.284 during that outing. He also occupied the first position during a large part of the second session. Happy with the work done, Binder was second overall at the end of day two, having put in a total of 64 laps.

Teammate Jorge Martin remained focused on his adaptation to a new class. Over the course of the 70 laps he completed today, the Spaniard tried to improve his feeling with the front end and increase rear grip. Finally, Martin took the thirteenth fastest time: 1:41.878.

The Moto2 Official Test at Jerez concludes tomorrow, rounding off a five-day stay at the track for Red Bull KTM Ajo.


Combined Standings Day 2
1. Alex Marquez (Kalex) 1:41.208
2. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:41.284 +0.076
3. Jorge Navarro (Speed Up) 1:41.302 +0.094
4. Lorenzo Baldassarri (Kalex) 1:41.376 +0.168
5. Luca Marini (Kalex) 1:41.423 +0.215
13. Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:41.878 +0.670



“It was a very positive day. The team worked hard trying out different parts for the KTM. We have to keep working in the same direction. There are still a few points to be reviewed, but I’m very comfortable with the bike and, in addition, I feel very good physically; that’s very positive after the long winter break. The training done during the holidays has paid off.
I can’t wait for tomorrow and the chance to continue riding and improving with the new KTM Moto2 bike. We have to continue in the same way, so now it’s time to concentrate and work hard to be ready for Qatar.”


“I am very happy with the result we obtained today. We are doing a great job. Today the wind made our work a little trickier, but we tried to cope with it in the best way possible. We tested different parts and the most important thing is that we managed to improve my feeling with the front end, which was one of the objectives set out for this test. We also worked on increasing rear grip and we are getting there with that.
Step by step we are improving a lot and we are on the right track. However, we still have to continue learning, so tomorrow we will try to continue moving forward and acquiring new knowledge.”