Sunday comeback for Brad Binder at the Catalan GP16/06/2019
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rider made a brilliant start and finished 11th, with Jorge Martin 15th, in the points again.
It was a noteworthy race for the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders at the Catalan Grand Prix, which took place on Sunday at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit. Brad Binder and Jorge Martin both produced solid performances, concluding the contest in 11th and 15th, respectively. The team continue to take steps forward and score valuable World Championship points.
Brad Binder, who took off from 19th on the grid, did a spectacular start as he made up 10 places. The South African consolidated his position in the middle of the pack, leading a group of four racers. Finally, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider crossed the finish line in a positive 11th position.
His teammate, Jorge Martin, also had a strong start, moving up from 17th to 12th in just one lap. The Spaniard rode with a very consistent pace throughout the race, although he finally dropped back a few positions and crossed the line 15th, getting into the points once again.
Following the Barcelona race Brad Binder sits ninth in the championship, with 44 points, while Jorge Martin is 25th with 3 points. The Red Bull KTM Ajo duo have an important test ahead of them at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit this upcoming week. On the other hand, the next round of the World Championship is the Dutch GP, which will be held at the Assen Circuit from 28th to 30th June.
Results (Moto2 Race)
1. Alex Marquez (Kalex) 38:25.678
2. Thomas Luthi (Kalex) +1.989
3. Jorge Navarro (Speed Up) +2.532
4. Augusto Fernandez (Kalex) +3.802
5. Enea Bastianini (Kalex) +7.472
11. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +20.891
15. Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +27.132
Moto2 World Championship Standing 2019
1. Alex Marquez (Kalex) 111 points
2. Thomas Luthi (Kalex) 104 points
3. Jorge Navarro (Speed Up) 89 points
4. Lorenzo Baldassari (Kalex) 88 points
5. Marcel Schrotter (Kalex) 73 points
9. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 44 points
25. Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 3 points
Aki Ajo – Team manager
“Things are not going as we would like in Moto2. The positive part is that next week we have an important test, in which we can continue working and try to find the right way forward. We will keep going and I’m sure we’ll find the solution to our issues.”
41 BRAD BINDER
“It was a tough race, we made a step forward thanks to a great start but we still aren’t where we should be. The team and I tried our best throughout the weekend and in the end we’ve kept on adding more points. I hope that in the test next week we can find the solution to our problems; I know that, when we’ll do it, we’ll be back in front.”
88 JORGE MARTIN
“We hoped to finish in the points and finally, we managed to do it. The positive part of today is that I had a similar pace to my teammate, Brad Binder. We still have a lot to do and learn. We tried to manage the contest in the best possible way, but we couldn’t find the solution to some small issues, which is what we need to be higher up. Next week we have a very important test, so we’ll try our best to find the right way forward. I trust the team and I know we can reach our goal.”