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Binder: “We’re saving our tyres for tomorrow”

Binder: “We’re saving our tyres for tomorrow”

Long runs the focus for Brad Binder as he and his crew hoard tyres, focusing on race pace.

After a week off the Moto3™ World Championship were back in action at the Gran Premio Red Bull de España and Brad Binder was back in charge of the lightweight class. His Friday was not as easy as the timing screens suggested, issues in the second session limiting his time on track. Fortunately once the problems were resolved by his Red Bull KTM Ajo team, the South African headed back out to set a 1’47.119 to top Free Practice 2. This was an improvement of over 0.7s from his Free Practice 1 time and saw Binder lead the day overall by 0.122s from title rival Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0). Already the weekend is off to a better start than in Austin where Binder ended Friday down in 14th place and almost a second and a half off the pace, no such problems here in Jerez.

Binder has not been worrying about fast times, instead working primarily on race pace.  It might not have always been easy to head out on used tyres, but he and the team are confident it will pay off on Sunday and as Binder proved, he’s capable of pulling out a fast lap when he needs to. The plan remains largely unchanged for FP3 on Saturday: work on race tyres. Importantly, Binder was also able to remain upright and unscathed as many of his close rivals suffered heavy falls on the opening day of practice.

Brad Binder: “Today went well. This morning things weren’t easy, because we’re saving our tyres for tomorrow and did long runs with very worn tyres, and that was difficult. In the second practice we had some problems at the beginning, but I returned to the garage, went back out on track and all was well again. Luckily we were able to fix the problem and finish the day well. The plan for tomorrow is to continue to accumulate laps with race tyres, because this afternoon we did not put in as many as we would have liked. The only normal laps I did today were the last four or five, but I feel good and I think we can take another step forward tomorrow."

Moto3, 2016, GRAN PREMIO RED BULL DE ESPAÑA, FP2, Brad Binder, Red Bull KTM Ajo

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