Binder follows in the footsteps of Rademeyer

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Jerez saw Brad Binder equal his career-best finish in Moto3™, taking the chequered flag in fourth position as he had previously done in Valencia last season.

The Spanish weekend was a strong one throughout for the South African, who qualified fourth on the grid before finishing Sunday’s race in the same position. That marked the best result for a South African in the sport since Mario Rademeyer finished on the podium of the 250 race in his home event at Kyalami in 1985.

“Just after the start, a large group formed - I think there were about eight of us,” said Binder, competing with Ambrogio Racing. “I had no intention of ruining the tyres and destroying my race, so I applied a policy of waiting. At one point, though, I realised that I could manage a faster pace than those in front, maybe even half a second or so.

“So I took the lead of the group and tried to build up a gap which, in fact, became a couple of seconds. By that point, the leading group wasn’t very close; I could see them on the straights and then the margin seemed to decrease lap by lap. Then we had the red flag. Who knows? Without the stoppage I could have maybe achieved more.

“We may have been hampered in a possible fight for the win, but that doesn’t matter now. I’m very happy.”

Three races into the season, Binder lies sixth in the Moto3™ standings with a total of 24 points. Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Zulfahmi Khairuddin is a further four in front.

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