Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 as motivated as ever for Malaysian GP30/10/2019
After a magnificent double podium for their team at Phillip Island, Binder and Martin are ready to wrap up the flyaway races at the 18th round of 2019.
Just a few days on from the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2’s dream performance on Sunday at Phillip Island, where Brad Binder and Jorge Martin produced a double podium result in first and second place, respectively, they are now set for their next challenge. Motivated by the positive dynamic of the team’s strong results in the last races, the South African and the Spaniard are ready for the Malaysian Grand Prix, at one of the most physically demanding tracks on the calendar: the Sepang International Circuit.
Binder arrives in Malaysia on the back of his 13th World Championship victory, having overtaken Miguel Oliveira as the rider with the most wins in the history of the Red Bull KTM Ajo team. The South African also has a strong record at Sepang, having finished second there in 2015 in Moto3 and again in 2017 in Moto2. Brad approaches the Malaysian Grand Prix third in the general standings, 33 points behind the leader, looking to reduce that deficit and keep his Moto2 World Championship title hopes intact.
Martin also arrives in Malaysia in great form after stepping onto the podium at the last two races, having finished third in Japan and second in Australia. The Spaniard is 11th in the championship, just 18 points behind the highest placed rider in the battle for the Rookie of the Year award. In addition, Jorge has special memories from the Sepang International Circuit, having won last year’s contest there to secure the 2018 Moto3 World Championship title.
Sunday’s 18-lap Moto2 race at the Malaysian Grand Prix will get underway at 1:20 pm local time. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 team have previously won at the Sepang International Circuit, with Miguel Oliveira in 2017.
Circuit information – Sepang International Circuit
Length: 5.543 m / 3.444 miles
Width: 16 m / 42.65 ft.
Left corners: 5
Right corners: 10
Longest straight: 920 m / 0.572 miles
41 BRAD BINDER
“I’m looking forward to this weekend in Malaysia. When there are back-to-back races, it’s always good to get to the next Grand Prix after having achieved a rewarding result in the previous contest, so I’m excited to see what will happen this weekend. Malaysia is a circuit which I always enjoy and where I’ve had success in the past, so I want to get working and push hard from the first practice. I hope to have a solid Grand Prix for the team and for myself.”
88 JORGE MARTIN
“We head into the Malaysian Grand Prix feeling very strong, after two consecutive podiums. I’m sure that if we continue to work this way we can achieve another great result this weekend. Sepang is a track where I have always finished in the top positions, so I hope to continue like that. Also, I have very good memories of this circuit, as I won the Moto3 World Championship here. The goal is to try to fight to be the Rookie of the Year, as we are now only 18 points away.”