Motorcycles Joy and pity: Beirer after first MotoGP victory for KTM ambivalent
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KTM motorsport director Pit Beirer is happy after the Brno triumph for Brad Binder, but also feels for Pol Espargaro, who "deserved the first victory"
With his sensational victory in only the third race of his MotoGP career, Brad Binder landed his first victory in the motorcycle premier class for KTM. KTM Motorsport Director Pit Beirer is delighted that it was the rookie from South Africa.
After all, Binder was looked after and promoted from the start in the Rookies Cup (held exclusively with KTM bikes) as well as in their own Moto3 team and in their own Moto2 team, and ultimately brought them into the MotoGP team.
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"To have clinched victory with Brad, that's the best feeling you can ever experience as a racing team and as a sports manager," says Beirer, describing Sunday's triumph as "repayment for the fact that we started our Moto2 team to have".
The victory in Brno with rookie Brad Binder came for KTM at the 59th MotoGP race
What does Beirer mean by that? "Just imagine we don't have a Moto2 team. That was exactly what I always said in front of the board: 'Let's do a Moto2 team, because I don't want someone who works with KTM Moto3- "
When KTM did not have its own Moto2 team, above all capable of winning, it usually went like this," Beirer says: "If a rider was good, he became a better one Team brought into the Moto2 class. If a rider was not good, he wanted to continue to drive Moto3 with us. Of course, that was not the scenario we would have liked. "
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"Thanks to the Moto2 team we were able to build the bridge and that's why Brad was able to stay with us. It just makes sense that he's the one who has now won this [MotoGP] race for us," said the head of motorsport for the Austrian two-wheeler Manufacturer.
When Binder drove to victory, Pol Espargarao was eliminated in the pits
On the other hand, Beirer feels with Binder's team-mate Pol Espargaro. The experienced Spaniard has been part of KTM's MotoGP project from the start and has been in charge of developing the RC16 since the end of 2016. He was supported by test drivers Mika Kallio and Dani Pedrosa.
On Sunday in Brno, Espargaro. The Spaniard witnessed the victory of his young team-mate Binder in front of the monitor in the pit.
"I really have two hearts beating in my chest," confesses Beirer. "Given the sheer workload and risk he took with this project, Pol would be the one who deserved the first win for this project. He was the backbone of this project and has been in good times and bad like a lion fought for us. "
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"That's why he's somehow also part of this victory," said the KTM motorsport director about Espargaro, to point out: "If he wasn't so committed and passionate about this project, we would not have had a chance of winning this race. That's why I'm sorry for him. "
Concluding about Binder, Beirer says: "He should take Pol in his arms and thank him for the preparatory work he has done."
Shortly after the victory: Binder hugs KTM motorsport director Beirer
With images from GP-Fever.de.
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