Hard-fought podium for Brad Binder in Assen30/06/2019
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rider finished with a brilliant second placement in the Dutch GP. Meanwhile his teammate, Jorge Martin, crashed out whilst battling in the leading group, from fifth place.
After coming so close to pole position yesterday, the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 team completed a great weekend in style, mastering a remarkable second position at the Dutch GP. Brad Binder was second in a hard-fought race, achieving his first podium of the 2019 season. His teammate, Jorge Martin, produced an impressive comeback, but crashed out when riding in fifth place.
The South African made a superb start from second, taking the lead on the first corner. Brad maintained his position in first place for two thirds of the contest, holding off the attacks from the chasing group. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rider battled hard in the final part of the race, giving it everything to finish second and notch up a well-deserved podium.
Jorge Martin, who was 14th on the grid, made a spectacular start to the contest, moving up to seventh position in just six laps and hunting down the leading group. The Spaniard continued advancing through the field, getting into fifth before crashing out on turn 3 of lap 15.
Brad Binder’s podium sees him move up into eigth place in the World Championship standings, with 64 points, whilst Jorge Martin is joint 30th overall, with 3 points. The next round on the calendar for the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 team is the German Grand Prix, which will be held at the Sachsenring Circuit from 5th-7th July.
Results (Moto2 Race)
1. Augusto Fernandez (Kalex) 39:24.779
2. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +0.612
3. Luca Marini (Kalex) +3.686
4. Thomas Luthi (Kalex) +4.028
5. Tetsuta Nagashima (Kalex) +5.391
DNF. Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo)
Moto2 World Championship Standing 2019
1. Thomas Luthi (Kalex) 117 points
2. Alex Marquez (Kalex) 111 points
3. Augusto Fernandez (Kalex) 92 points
4. Jorge Navarro (Speed Up) 89 points
5. Lorenzo Baldassarri (Kalex) 88 points
8. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 64 points
30. Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 3 points
Aki Ajo – Team manager
“It’s been a splendid weekend for us. We have to keep working though, because we still need to fix some points to take another step forward. I’m very pleased with the effort from the team and the factory over the last two months. It has been a difficult month for all of us, but the hard work has paid off this weekend. I’m confident for Germany, because it’s a good circuit for us. This race has given the team and the factory great motivation for the upcoming Grands Prix.”
41 BRAD BINDER
“I’m very happy because today we finally took a big step forward. At the beginning and halfway through the race I felt comfortable and I was riding really well, pushing hard. The last part was a bit trickier, but I tried to work as much as I could to maintain the position. I want to thank my team, because in the warm-up we still had some issues. However, we found the solution and had the bike ready for the race. We are definitely on the right track, I’m motivated and looking forward to continuing to work in the next few contests.”
88 JORGE MARTIN
“It was a shame to end the race like that because we were doing really well. Even so, I am very happy with the work we did today, as we produced a great comeback and we showed that we can be up there. We did our best all weekend and although I wasn’t completely comfortable, in the race we were able to take a step forward and fight with the top riders. Despite the final result, I had a lot of fun and it helped me to learn more. Now it’s time to keep the focus and to go on steadily.”