Red Bull KTM Ajo aim to maintain momentum at the Australian GP23/10/2019
Binder and Martin travel to Phillip Island this week for the 17th round of the 2019 World Championship, second of three consecutive flyaway Grands Prix.
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 pair head into the second of three consecutive flyaway rounds this weekend at the Australian Grand Prix, as their hectic October schedule continues apace. Phillip Island is a circuit that the team did well at in the past, so Brad Binder and Jorge Martin are positive as they prepare for the 17th round of the season and highly motivated to continue their good run of results.
Binder arrives in Australia looking to bounce back from a tough race in Japan, where an early incident meant he had to fight back 10 positions to finish 12th. Now the South African rider arrives at a track where he has been on the podium for the last four seasons consecutively, twice having taken the victory: in Moto3 in 2016 and in Moto2 last year. Following the Japanese round, Brad is fifth in the championship, with 184 points.
Meanwhile, Jorge Martin approaches the 17th Grand Prix of 2019 feeling more motivated than ever, after achieving his first podium in Moto2 at Motegi, where he finished third in a race which saw him make up 11 places from his starting position. The Spaniard, who is 14th in the general standings with 63 points, was on the podium at Phillip Island in 2017, when he finished third in the Moto3 race.
The Moto2 race at the Australian Grand Prix starts on Sunday 27th October at 1:20 pm local time, with the riders set to do battle for a total of 25 laps. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 team have a strong track record at Phillip Island, winning the contest on their previous two visits, courtesy of Miguel Oliveira in 2017 and Brad Binder in 2018.
Circuit information – Phillip Island Circuit
Length: 4.448 m / 2.764 miles
Width: 13 m / 42.65 ft.
Left corners: 7
Right corners: 5
Longest straight: 900 m / 0.559 miles
41 BRAD BINDER
“On my last four visits to Phillip Island I always was on the podium, so I hope to extend that good run of results this weekend. It’s also a circuit where our bike should go well, so we will work from the first free practice to be able to push to the maximum and to be well prepared for the race.”
88 JORGE MARTIN
“Phillip Island is a very fast track, which I hope will work well for us. In previous years, this circuit has always been good to me, so I think with the run of positive results that we have been on in recent races, we can perform well there. We will have to work hard as we always do.”