In-form Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 team ready to finish 2019 on a high13/11/2019
Brad Binder and Jorge Martin head into the last Grand Prix of 2019 on the back of a strong run of podiums and victories in the second half of the season.
The 2019 World Championship reaches its final destination this weekend, the Ricardo Tormo Circuit, the host venue for the Valencia Grand Prix. For Brad Binder it will be his last GP riding for Red Bull KTM Ajo before moving to MotoGP, after five years with the team in which the South African has performed superbly, firstly in Moto3 and then in Moto2. For his part, Jorge Martin will aim to take advantage of the support of the Spanish crowd in his fight for the Moto2 Rookie of the Year award.
Binder has been the strongest rider on the intermediary class grid in the second half of the 2019 season, totalling up 190 points in the last 11 races, and securing a fourth victory in eight Grands Prix in Malaysia. This weekend the South African will aim to sign off in style in his last race with Red Bull KTM Ajo, having racked up 14 victories, 18 podiums, 7 pole positions and a Moto3 World Championship title with the team. Brad will aim to depart from the Moto2 category with another victory at a circuit where he took the contest win in 2016 in Moto3.
Meanwhile, his Red Bull KTM Ajo teammate, Jorge Martin, completes his Moto2 debut season this weekend, having made impressive progress in recent rounds, including two podium results at the recent flyaway races: in Japan and Australia. The Spanish rider arrives in Valencia, the scene of his first World Championship victory in 2017, still mathematically in with a shot of becoming the Rookie of the Year.
The 25-lap Moto2 race will take place on Sunday 17th November at 12:20 pm local time. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 team were victorious at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in both 2017 and 2018, courtesy of Miguel Oliveira.
Circuit information – Ricardo Tormo Circuit
Length: 4.005 m / 2.489 miles
Width: 12 m / 39.37 ft.
Left hand corners: 9
Right hand corners: 5
Longest straight: 876 m / 0.544 miles
41 BRAD BINDER
“I’m looking forward to my last Grand Prix in the Moto2 category. I can’t believe how fast this year has gone by. I’m really excited for this weekend, we are going to race the season finale in Valencia and, as always, this is something special. Hopefully we can fight for a third consecutive victory. The flyaways were successful for us and if we can keep the momentum up it will be fantastic for the whole team.”
88 JORGE MARTIN
“For the last Grand Prix of the year I hope to be able to keep up the same pace we’ve had in the last few races, as we proved to be amongst the best performing riders during the flyaway rounds. I hope to finish my first season in the Moto2 category with a good result in Valencia in front of the fans.”