The KTM rider is, without a doubt, one of the strongest and most complete on the current MotoGP grid, with the clear handicap of not having the best bike in the category, which regularly prevents him from achieving the good results he can vouch for your driving level.
Brad Binder will seek this weekend, at the Thai Grand Prix, to extend the streak of recent races, with fourth place in Aragón and second in Motegi.
“The last ones have been very positive races for us, we missed the podium in Aragón by very little and it was disappointing, because I was third the whole race”, recalls Binder, who was overtaken by Aleix Espargaró in the last lap.
“We had a good start in Japan, I needed two or three laps to fix a couple of things and then we already had a great pace, it wasn’t as good as I would have liked,” he said.
“But it was fantastic to get back on the podium, both my team and I needed it because it’s been a very tough season, every weekend we were on the verge of where we need to be,” referring to podiums.
Buriram will once again be another complicated race marked by weather conditions, which are announced for every day in the rain on a circuit that Binder has never set foot on with the RC16.
“This weekend we will see what happens, it is my first time here with MotoGP and that sounds strange in my third year in the category, we will see how things go. The truth is that the conditions are curious, to put it in some way , last weekend I felt comfortable in the wet, we’ll see what this circuit holds for us”, he assessed.
However, in his time in Moto2 the South African did have good races on this track.
“I really enjoy this circuit, I love the races in these doublets and triplets, in this transoceanic tour, and we have to try to give everything to keep this positive streak going, draw a good weekend from the beginning. I have to give myself a little of time, not to make absurd mistakes and improve session by session”, stated his plan.
KTM introduced important novelties to Binder’s bike (not to the rest of the brand’s riders) in the Misano test, and although it is still, on paper, the worst bike on the grid, in wet conditions it has always been a good one machine.
“Our bike is always very good in wet conditions, it has always cost me more than it should have, only in Portimao and Japan have we had water this year and in both I have been able to show myself competitive and be closer to the front. Logically, I like a completely dry weekend better, but now it’s difficult to ask for that.”
As for all the drivers, for Binder to qualify well on Saturday it absolutely changes the way he approaches the races and the results.
“Absolutely, everything is so tight in MotoGP that even when you qualify for Q2 but finish more than 9th, everything gets complicated, you lose three seconds in the first few laps and you can’t come back anymore. What you lose at the beginning stays there , and even if you have a good pace, when you distance yourself from those in front you can no longer hunt them down. Now we are more competitive, but we must manage to be able to be comfortable riding in the top 6, more than when we are outside the top 10, “he settled. the boy from potchefstroom.