Hard-fought podium for Brad Binder at British GP25/08/2019
The South African finished third at Silverstone for his fourth podium in the last five races, whilst Jorge Martin was 12th.
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 team’s good form continued on Sunday in an exciting contest at the British Grand Prix. Brad Binder finished third at Silverstone, notching up his fourth podium result in the last five races, whilst Jorge Martin overcame some sickness issues to finish 12th.
Brad Binder, who got away from eighth on the grid, made a fast start to move up four positions on the first lap. The South African maintained a consistent pace and by the halfway point he was leading the race. After a tough battle in a group of four riders, the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 man ultimately crossed the line third, moving up to fifth in the championship, with 125 points.
Meanwhile, Jorge Martin made a solid comeback in the race, finishing seven positions higher than his 19th place on the starting grid. The Spaniard, who has suffered with illness throughout the weekend, had a sound contest, as he made his way through the field to eventually finish 12th, getting into the points for the fourth consecutive Grand Prix. The result means the current Moto3 World Champion sits 19th in the standings, with 26 points.
The next race for the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 team is the San Marino GP, which will be held at the Misano World Circuit – Marco Simoncelli from 13th-15th September.
Results (Moto2 Race)
1. Augusto Fernandez (Kalex) 37:41.883
2. Jorge Navarro (Speed Up) +0.489
3. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +0.571
4. Remy Gardner (Kalex) +0.738
5. Tetsuta Nagashima (Kalex) +3.276
12. Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +16.382
Moto2 World Championship Standings 2019
1. Alex Marquez (Kalex) 181 points
2. Augusto Fernandez (Kalex) 146 points
3. Thomas Luthi (Kalex) 146 points
4. Jorge Navarro (Speed Up) 146 points
5. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 125 points
19. Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 26 points
Aki Ajo – Team manager
“After a tough weekend, we had a beautiful and exciting race. I’m very happy for Brad [Binder], who is a great fighter and rode solidly throughout the contest to get onto the podium. There were even moments when it looked like he could have fought for the victory, but I think Brad did his best today. I am also glad that Jorge [Martin] was able to finish the Grand Prix and managed to be fast, as he has been ill over the last few days, and he was really brave riding the bike. That was very positive for him and he’s a rookie who is improving all the time.”
41 BRAD BINDER
“That was one of the toughest races I’ve ever had in my life. I battled from the beginning right to the end. Things got harder in the last 7 or 8 laps, but I’m very happy with the way it finished. The team did a great job throughout the weekend, as we were struggling in free practice. This is the fourth podium in the last five contests and that shows that we are starting to be strong at every Grand Prix. The main thing is that we have found something that helps me maintain the same level until the end of the race. We have to keep pushing very hard for the rest of the season.”
88 JORGE MARTIN
“It was a tough weekend, as I’ve not been in a good physical condition. However, in the race I just tried to make it through and do my best. It was hard because there was a lot of chattering, but we still improved the bike compared to the other days. We just have to keep working. This is the way we need to go and I’m happy with the team dynamics. I’m looking forward to Misano.”