Mugello challenge next up for Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto229/05/2019
Brad Binder and Jorge Martin are ready for the sixth round of the season after a positive test in Barcelona.
The Mugello Circuit hosts the Italian Grand Prix this coming weekend, as the riders get set for battle at the sixth round of the 2019 World Championship. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 duo, Brad Binder and Jorge Martin, arrive in Italy after completing an important test in Barcelona last week, in which they continued working on the evolution and set-up of their bikes.
After his fourth place in the French Grand Prix at the last round – his best result of the season so far -, Brad Binder travels to Italy ready to continue his progress. The South African has previously experienced victory at Mugello, having registered a win there in Moto3 in 2016. Now, Binder will look to build on the hard work he put in last week at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit to take a further step forward.
On the other side of the box, Jorge Martin heads to the Italian track – one that he likes – with the aim of bouncing back from a tough weekend in Le Mans. The current Moto3 World Champion has good memories from Mugello, where he won the lower class race from pole position last year. The Spaniard took advantage of the two days of testing in Barcelona to continue fine-tuning the set-up of his bike.
The 21-lap Italian Grand Prix starts at 12:20 pm (local time) on Sunday. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 team were victorious at Mugello last year, thanks to Miguel Oliveira.
Circuit information – Mugello Circuit
Length: 5.245 m / 3.259 miles
Width: 14 m / 45.93 ft.
Left corners: 6
Right corners: 9
Longest straight: 1.141 m / 0.709 miles
41 BRAD BINDER
“Last week we had a positive test at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit, in which we tried to fix the issues that had come up over the previous weekend at Le Mans, and we did some further checks. I have to thank the team and KTM because everyone is working very hard and that’s really positive. Now we have to keep pushing in the same way and stay focused. I hope that, if we apply what we learned in the test for the upcoming race, we can move up.”
88 JORGE MARTIN
“Mugello is a circuit I like and it’s a track with less braking than others, which is what I’ve been struggling with this year. I hope to take advantage of my strengths in acceleration and try to fight for the top 10, as I think that would be a good result for us right now. Last week, we had two days of testing in Barcelona where we gathered some important information, which we will use this weekend to try to take another step forward.”