Wait is over for Red Bull KTM Ajo06/03/2019
Last season’s Moto2 Team World Champions ready for 2019, along with rider lineup of Brad Binder and Jorge Martin.
A new Moto2 season gets started this weekend at the Losail International Circuit with the Qatar GP, the first round of Red Bull KTM Ajo’s third year in the intermediate class. The team’s lineup for 2019 features two Moto3 World Champions in its ranks: 2016 title winner Brad Binder and reigning lower cylinder class champ Jorge Martin. After positive preseason tests at Jerez and Losail, the duo are ready for what promises to be an exciting year.
The winner of three races last year, Brad Binder is one of the candidates to challenge for the Moto2 title in 2019. The South African was third in the World Championship in 2018 and this will be his third season in Moto2, as well as his fifth campaign with Red Bull KTM Ajo. He also has previous podium experience in Qatar from his second place in 2016 in Moto3.
Whilst Binder is a familiar face for the team, Jorge Martin will debut both with the team and in Moto2 this weekend. Fully recovered from the injury he suffered in the first day of Moto2 testing back in November 2018, he has been making steady progress in preseason. The Spaniard has fond memories from Qatar as he took the victory in the Moto3 class last season, taking first of seven wins in 2018 on the way to being crowned champion.
Red Bull KTM Ajo -last season’s Team World Champions- will get their title defence underway this Sunday at 6:20pm local time -4:20pm CET.
Circuit information – Losail International Circuit
Length: 5.380 metres / 3.343 miles
Width: 12 metres / 39.37 ft
Left corners: 6
Right corners: 10
Longest straight: 1.068 metres / 0.664 miles
41 BRAD BINDER
“I can’t wait to start the first Grand Prix. We have trained hard during the winter, but I’m looking forward to starting a new season. This year will be interesting and fun at the same time, since we have a new qualifying procedure. Now it’s time to be very focused, relaxed and, above all, give our best -as we always have done.”
88 JORGE MARTIN
“I’m excited about the start of the season in Qatar. We have put in a great job during preseason and I’m very motivated to do well. I hope to have recovered from all of my injuries and perform at 100% in the first race, which will be important because in this class the level is high. I’m so happy with the KTM and the team and I’m sure we can do a great job.”