Brad Binder (KTM / 8.): “Need improvements soon” / MotoGP

Brad Binder collided with Johann Zarco in the early stages, his bike lost left wing. He still reached 8th place.

After seven MotoGP races this year, three riders are vying for seventh place in the World Championship with equal points: Pecco Bagnaia, Brad Binder and Joan Mir. But the Red Bull KTM factory pilot has to line up behind the Ducati star in eighth place in the World Cup because he has not yet won a season victory, only second place in Doha in March.

“It was an incredibly tough weekend for us here at Le Mans,” sighed the 26-year-old South African. “On Friday, FP1 got off to a rough start with the crash; then I took a good step forward in FP2 last Friday with place 7. But after that training we really struggled. It was more exhausting than I had imagined, that’s for sure. “

“I fought hard today in the race, I gave my best,” assured the Red Bull KTM Works rider and 2016 Moto3 world champion. “I lost my left winglet on the second lap when I collided with Zarco. I had to fight the hell to stay in the top ten. Therefore, the course of the day was physically very demanding for me. It was really hard for me to avoid mistakes because you have to be very focused if you want to be as fast with one wing as you are with two. ”

By the way: 110,000 spectators watched the races on the spot today; 225,000 fans showed up in three days!

“Yes, I have to thank my team because they worked tirelessly, they worked extremely hard, which allowed us to bring home the best possible result,” noted Brad, who won Brno 2020 and Spielberg 2021 on the KTM RC16 .

But eighth place in the World Cup requires improvements and technical updates from KTM. “We have to take a step forward soon if we want to get where we need to be.”

MotoGP results, Le Mans (May 15):

1. Bastianini, Ducati, 27 laps in 41: 34.613 min.
2. Miller, Ducati, + 2,718 sec
3. Aleix Espargaró, Aprilia, +4.182
4. Quartararo, Yamaha, +4.288
5. Zarco, Ducati, +11.139
6. Marc Marquez, Honda, +15,155
7. Nakagami, Honda, +16,680
8. Brad Binder, KTM, +18,459
9. Marini, Ducati, +20,541
10. Vinales, Aprilia, +21.486
11. Pol Asparagus, Honda, +22,707
12. Bezzecchi, Ducati, +23,408
13. In Giannantonio, Ducati, +26.432
14. Alex Marquez, Honda, +28,710
15. Morbidelli, Yamaha, +29.433
16. Dovizioso, Yamaha, +38.149
17. Darryn Binder, Yamaha, +59.748
– Oliveira, KTM, 3 laps down
– Bagnaia, Ducati, 7 laps down
– Martin, Ducati, 11 laps behind
Mir, Suzuki, 14 laps left
– Fernández, KTM, 21 laps left
Rins, Suzuki, 22 laps left
– Gardner, KTM, 24 laps down

Championship status after 7 of 21 Grand Prix:

1. Quartararo 102 points. 2 Aleix Espargaró 98 3 Bastianini 94 4 Rins 69 5 Miller 62 6 Zarco 62 7 Bagnaia 56 8 Brad Binder 56 9 Mir 56 10 Marc Marquez 54 11 Oliveira 43. Morbidelli 19 18 Bezzecchi 19 19 Alex Marquez 18 20 Dovizioso 8 21. Darryn Binder 6. 22. Di Giannantonio 3. 23. Gardner 3.

Constructors’ Championship:

1. Ducati 156 points. 2. Yamaha 102. 3. Aprilia 99. 4. KTM 84. 5. Suzuki 80. 6. Honda 67.

Team WC:

1. Aprilia Racing 131 points. 2 Suzuki Ecstar 125 3 Monster Energy Yamaha 121 4 Ducati Lenovo 118 5 Red Bull KTM Factory 99 6 Gresini Racing MotoGP 97 7 Repsol Honda 94 8 Pramac Racing 90 9 LCR Honda 48 10 Mooney VR46 Racing 1 Yamaha RNF 11 Med Tech Factory 1 Yamaha RNF3U . 3

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