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Binder: “I wasn’t sure about what to do”

Binder: “I wasn’t sure about what to do”

Three podiums in three races for Brad Binder who charged to third in the closing laps of the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas.

It was never an easy weekend for Brad Binder in Austin, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider struggling to find a comfortable setting throughout the event. Ahead of the race Binder’s team had turned his bike on its head in an attempt to improve his feeling. From 12th on the grid, a decent start allowed the South African to get inside the top five within the first three laps. He would stay inside the chasing group battling with the likes of Fabio Quartararo (Leopard Racing) for the majority of the race. Slowly the pair were able to break away and found themselves behind Philipp Oettl (Schedl GP Racing) in third, Quartararo quickly passing the German. But then Quartararo encountered a technical problem and soon Binder could see the podium, the thought of another top three spurring him on. It was clear to see Binder’s KTM was not perfect as his front end squirmed underneath him, but Binder gritted his teeth and managed to slipstream past Oettl down the back straight. From here it was a matter of remaining calm and upright for the final eight corners.

Binder’s last lap was 0.7s faster than Oettl’s, allowing him to take third in the race and continue his perfect podium run in 2016. Three races have produced three podiums for Brad Binder, his consistency and ability to ride around bike issues gifting him the lead in the Moto3™ World Championship. 52 points put the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider thee ahead of second place. The paddock now have a much deserved week off after back-to-back races before heading to Jerez for round four.

Brad Binder: “Throughout the weekend I thought I would not be so lucky in today's race. We had a good feeling with the bike from the beginning, and I was able to ride comfortably. When there were 8 laps remaining, I wasn’t sure about what to do, because I saw that I could not keep up the pace of Quartararo and Oettl -so I suffered until the end. Everything changed when I saw Fabio begin to have problems and that Phillip was not going so strongly anymore. I didn’t want to push completely, but wanted to be consistent and cut the gap. In the end, on the last lap I managed it and took a third consecutive podium. I want to thank the whole team and hope that we can continue the same in Europe.

Moto3, 2016, RED BULL GRAND PRIX OF THE AMERICAS, RAC, Brad Binder, Red Bull KTM Ajo

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