Career first rostrum result Binder

Binder Sachsenring review
Monday, 14 July 2014

Brad Binder (Ambrogio Racing) secured his first Moto3™ podium at the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland.

The young South African has been on improving form since the Barcelona round and capitalised on his high confidence levels in Germany. Binder had previous Sachsenring success in 2012 where he was in contention for a podium, until his engine expired.

The Mahindra rider suffered with a pumping sensation in the front and rear during the opening laps of Sunday’s race but was able to overcome this problem. He briefly battled with Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0) and Alexis Masbou (Ongetta-Rivacold) before tagging onto the back of Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM Ajo). A lack of rear grip ended his hopes of a debut win.

Binder becomes the first South African on a GP podium since Mario Rademeyer in 1985 in Kyalami. Second is also Mahindra’s best ever result.

“To be honest, I feel that it took two years too long, to be on the podium,” he joked.

Binder added, “It has been something I felt coming, and getting closer, but didn't know when it could arrive. I'm very happy. My crew did an incredible job – I cannot thank them as much as they deserve. For them, the bike is never good enough. And that's great, because they always work to extract from it the last tenth of a second for me. The bike was incredible today – maybe I could have even won and did my best to succeed, but at the same time I didn't want to do anything stupid, and the winner did perfect final laps - if you watch the lap times, you can see that in the last ones we improved quite a lot. I enjoyed the race very much. I'm looking forward to competing in the second part of the season. I'm sure it will be great.”

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