Motorcycles Binder: Tyres felt like "a rock" in Jerez MotoGP qualifying
Binder “truly believes” KTM ready to fight for MotoGP title
Brad Binder says he “truly believes” KTM is now capable of fighting for the MotoGP world championship in 2021 after its breakout 2020 campaign. © KTM Images Brad Binder, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM scored three wins across its fourth year in the premier class last season, with Binder securing the Austrian marque’s first MotoGP victory in just his third race at the Czech Grand Prix. Tech3’s Miguel Oliveira – who is now Binder’s teammate at the factory squad – added two more to this tally at the Styrian and Portuguese GPs.
KTM’s Brad Binder had to use a pre-heated rear tyre for his sole Q2 run in MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix qualifying, which he says felt “like a rock”.
Many riders were critical of having to use pre-heated tyres during the Doha GP round, with a number of runners getting caught out in crucial moments with the lack of grip from these options.
Pre-heated tyres are unused tyres from an allocation for a grand prix weekend that have been returned to Michelin to be allocated at a later date, with that tyre ultimately going through separate heat cycles.
Binder: KTM losing concessions 'hasn't changed anything'
Brad Binder has dismissed suggestions KTM losing its concessions for the 2021 MotoGP season is the reason for its slump in form in practice ahead of the Qatar Grand Prix. © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Brad Binder, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM starts the 2021 season for the first time as a non-concession manufacturer, after it had its results-based benefits revoked for winning three races in 2020. This means KTM has not been able to carry out any private testing with its race riders since last August and will have to run the season with fewer engines than before while observing a development freeze.
Michelin claims its findings show no difference in performance between ‘normal’ new tyres and pre-heated ones – but this is at odds with the general feedback from riders.
Having come through Q1 at Jerez, Binder was only left with one new soft tyre for his Q2 attack, with this option a pre-heated one which left him with a lack of grip and only able to qualify 11th and 0.712 seconds off pole.
“I mean, Q1 was ok,” Binder said of his Saturday.
“It was a little bit difficult to do a lap in the end, but Q2… we had one tyre left and so I had to sit in the box and wait.
“So, we put in a used front and a new rear and the new rear we had was a pre-heated tyre.
“So, it was like riding around with a rock in the back and it was just spinning like hell and not going anywhere.”
Binder responds to “sensitive” Rossi after aggressive riding criticism
Brad Binder has responded to a “sensitive” Valentino Rossi’s criticism of his aggressive riding in the MotoGP Qatar Grand Prix, with the KTM rider adamant he did nothing wrong. © KTM Images Brad Binder, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Rossi took aim at Binder on Thursday ahead of this weekend’s Doha GP, after the South African nudged the Petronas SRT rider slightly wide at Turn 1 late on in last week’s Qatar race. Binder came in for criticism as Rossi talked about how some of the grid – including the KTM rider – don’t have the same level of “respect” on track as others do.When asked by Motorsport.
Binder was lucky to walk away from a nasty-looking crash in the FP3 session unscathed when he was flicked from his KTM at the Sito Pons right-hander after running off track.
The KTM rider says he was trying a different line on the way into the corner and missed his braking marker “by a mile”, which forced him off track and into the crash.
“FP3 I made a big mistake,” he explained.
“I tried to change up my line a little bit and when I did that my braking marker, I missed it by a mile.
“And if you go off track there where I did you’ll hit the wall because I was going straight for it.
“I just tried to hang on the angle for as long as I could and planned on picking it up as soon as I touched the gravel.
“But I just didn’t pick it up in time because obviously you are hanging off right trying to see and I didn’t see I was that close to the grass.
“I had quite a big crash there, but luckily all is good. A bit sore, but nothing too serious.”
MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix - Start time, how to watch & more .
MotoGP travels to Jerez this weekend for the fourth round of the 2021 season. Here's how you can watch the Spanish Grand Prix in your country. © KTM Images Brad Binder, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Factory Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo leads the championship heading into Spain on the back of two victories in the opening three races of the season, with Ducati's Francesco Bagnaia sitting second ahead of the second factory M1 of Maverick Vinales.Honda's Marc Marquez will be racing at his home turf again, having made a solid return to MotoGP at the previous round in Portimao following a long injury layoff.