The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 team experienced mixed fortunes in the second race of the 2019 season, held at Termas de Rio Hondo this weekend. Brad Binder was able to take fifth place, but Race Direction would later sanction him with a penalty for some manoeuvres that were deemed unsafe and he was dropped down to sixth. His teammate, Jorge Martin, suffered a crash in the final part of the race when he was riding in eleventh place.
Brad Binder, who started from the second row of the grid, dropped three positions at the start, completing the first lap in ninth place. However, the South African was quick to get on the pace, and on Lap 8 he reached the Top 5. With 7 laps remaining, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider gave chase to the leading group and after some intense final laps, featuring many overtaking moves, Binder crossed the finish line fifth. His penalty meant that he would instead be awarded sixth.
Brad Binder is now 7th in the overall standings, with Jorge Martín 21th. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders will return to action from April 12-14th at Red Bull GP of The Americas, to be held in Austin, USA.
Aki Ajo – Team Manager
“We are positive, because the Qatar Grand Prix was very difficult for us, whilst this weekend we feel like we have taken steps forward. We had a test last week that helped us a bit, but there is still work to be done if we want to be at the front. Even if, the last few laps were very intense this is a positive result, since Brad [Binder] chased the first group.
41 BRAD BINDER
“We worked very hard throughout the weekend and we have continued to take steps forward. Although we still had issues at some points, we took things in the right direction. In the race I was doing well, but I also made a few small mistakes. We need to be more relaxed. I’m looking forward to the next race in Austin. It’s a good track and I’m going to give my best to keep moving forward.”
Results Moto2 Race
1. Lorenzo Baldassarri (Kalex) 39:46.000
2. Remy Gardner (Kalex) +1.244
3. Alex Marquez (Kalex) +1.817
4. Iker Lecuona (Kalex) +2.704
5. Marcel Schrotter (Kalex) +4.839
6. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +4.707
Moto2 World Championship Standing 2019
1. Lorenzo Baldassarri (Kalex) 50 points
2. Remy Gardner (Kalex) 33 points
3. Marcel Schrotter (Kalex) 26 points
4. Alex Marquez (Kalex) 25 points
5. Thomas Luthi (Kalex) 20 points
7. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 14 points