Binder reaches dead-end in developments at Qatar Moto2 test

Red Bull KTM Ajo rider endures difficult test at Losail International Circuit.

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Brad Binder reached a dead-end in developments during days two and three of Moto2 World Championship testing at the weekend in Qatar.

The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider was unable to discover a desired set-up he was seeking, admitting the team and himself delivered their all despite facing difficulties, ending the test 10th fastest – half a second off from pace-setter Alex Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2).

“On Friday it seemed that everything was fine – we had some problems but we were not too worried about them,” Binder explained. “However, over the last two days we couldn’t find what we were looking for.

“Overall, the whole team have worked hard and, although we have had some difficulties, we have done our best. This test has allowed us to assess where we are and see what we need to do to be faster. If we can fix those details, we’ll be further up the order.”

Red Bull KTM Ajo team manager Aki Ajo added: “It has been a tricky weekend, since the weather was constantly changing and made the track conditions vary, forcing us to adjust the bike to the different circumstances. On Friday we started very well, with Brad leading the timesheets, but today we had to deal with some issues.

“Even so, we are happy because we have extracted some very important information from these past three days. The Moto2 class is getting more competitive all the time, so we will have a very tight season ahead.”

This season marks a new era in the intermediate category as it transitions from Honda to Triumph-powered machinery. Round one of Moto2 will take place this weekend at Losail International Circuit.


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