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19 days ago
By motogp.com

Binder: “It was an incredible weekend”

South African converts maiden Moto2™ pole position into his second win of the season in Aragon

Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) couldn’t have asked for a much better Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon after he took his maiden Moto2™ pole position on Saturday, before securing his second win of the season on Sunday to strengthen his grasp on P3 in the Championship.

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“Yeah it was an incredible weekend,” said the jubilant South African, who admitted he couldn’t quite believe he was quickest in qualifying. “To get the pole position, I really didn’t expect it. You know I was hoping for the top two rows in qualifying but to walk away with pole position was insane and I couldn’t believe it, but it felt so real lining up in first position and it gave me a lot of confidence for the race.”

The 2016 Moto3™ World Champion, despite encountering some issues in morning Warm Up, was able to produce a stellar ride to eventually take victory by 1.526 seconds over Championship leader Francesco Bagnaia (SKY Racing Team VR46): “My Sunday was a little bit of a roller coaster because in Warm Up this morning I really didn’t feel good, I had a lot of issues.

“I don’t know if it was a combination of my team doing small changes and a little bit just calming down maybe, and in the race I felt back to normal or maybe even better, so to walk away with another win I’m over the moon. I cannot thank my team enough, I’m so grateful to get another victory in Moto2™ and I hope it’s the second one of many.”

Binder: "It's been an incredible weekend"

Next up for Binder and the rest of the paddock is a trip to uncharted territory: Thailand. Can the 23-year-old kick on and continue his great form that has seen him draw level on 2018 wins with teammate and Championship title chaser Miguel Oliveira? “I got a good handful of points towards my Championship and if I can maybe stay in this form I’m in for a good end to the season.

“I’ve had a look when WorldSBK were there (Thailand), I haven’t really looked too much into it yet. Now in the weeks leading up to it, I’ll try and get as much info as I can. I need to continue to work hard in every session, every lap, and it makes life in the race much, much easier.” 

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