Brad Binder managed to finish in the top three for the first time since his arrival in MotoGP in the difficult classification of the Japanese Grand Prix. The former Moto3 champion managed to beat Maverick Viñales’ record in his last attempt to take third place and secure the front row of the grid; a fast last lap in which he came to ride on pole time in several sectors.
The South African already knows what it’s like to win races in the premier class, but as he himself admits, he’s not a Saturday man . “Classifications have never been my thing,” he commented at the press conference after qualifying practice.
Although Brad is used to being always on the lookout, not making much noise but getting good results, few expected him to be able to sneak into the top three, especially after a difficult morning FP2.
“This morning was difficult, in the first two batches I was struggling, and in the third I saved the furniture,” he explained. “I knew what I had to improve for qualifying, and that was to have more confidence in the front end.”
Not having traffic ahead will be something new for him , who admitted it will be “difficult” to get out from so far ahead, but believes it will be “positive”. “You feel more relaxed when you know you’re not going to have to overtake a lot of drivers to get to the top positions. I want to get a good start, stay ahead in the early stages and see where we end up.”
What worries the #33 is, especially, not having been able to lap too much in dry conditions . “We’ve only done one dry session [FP1], and the first few outings were difficult. I hope tomorrow’s warm-up will be dry so I can better understand the conditions.”
When asked about his sensations with the bike, Binder said he felt comfortable, and entrusted himself to his technicians: “My team is the one that has to decide what settings to use, because I don’t know what is needed. But the The truth is that I found myself comfortable with the bike”.
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