“It was an amazing and very beneficial start” – Brad Binder
Brad Binder started the MotoGP World Championship season with a positive second place in the MotoGP World Championship, just over three tenths behind winner Enea Bastianini (Gresini / Ducati). The Red Bull KTM rider’s start took him from seventh on the grid to the top spots, and from there he tried to adopt a managerial stance, without overdoing it or making mistakes.
The South African admitted in a press conference that he particularly enjoyed the match, believing that it was an important moment for his race: “It was an amazing start! I didn’t exactly have the best reaction, but as soon as I started shifting I passed the riders in front of me well. Moving up to third right away was very beneficial, I was able to try to stay calm at the start, be careful to protect the tires a bit because we knew it was going to be on the limit here, especially at the rear.
On how his race went, Binder commented: ‘There was a point in the race where we were 1m54s tall and I thought I could stay like that, but then Pol [Espargaró] went down to 1m54s and thought I was out. I just tried to stay as consistent as possible and push as much as possible from start to finish. When Enea caught up with me, I had nothing; I tried to do my best not to overdo it and make mistakes. Hats off to them both, they did an amazing job. In the last two laps, I pushed a lot to recover, but it wasn’t enough”.