BINDER I WON’T BE BACKING OFF
Brad Binder knows a Silverstone win will see him closing in on the Moto3 world title with six races still remaining
Young South African Brad Binder has built up a big lead in the title chase after a series of ultra-consistent performances over the first half of the 2016 season. But the Red Bull Ajo KTM racer told MCN he is ignoring what’s happened so far and is simply concentrating on winning every race in the second half of the year.
The 21-year-old said: “I’m trying to treat the second half of the year like a new start to the season, and bring the same approach as I did in Qatar (the first round of 2016). What we’ve been doing so far has worked, and I don’t want to overthink or change anything.
“I’m going out there with the aim to win, but of course if I see things are crazy or it looks risky I might change that. The thing with Moto3 though is that you can’t really pause to think about anything! If you do, you get eaten up! So I just give 100% and try to stay at the front – that’s the safest place to be!”
So what has changed for the Moto3 veteran since the middle of last season? Part of it is finding an opportunity to use his experience and being able to manage his moves and his position as one of the most strategic riders on the grid.
But the modest racer puts a large part of his success down to two things – the consistency of remaining with the Austro-finnish squad and the consistency of KTM’S RC250GP bike from last year to this.
“I feel like this year we just show up much better prepared than last year. When we turned up with the KTM in 2015 it just wasn’t working – we had serious chatter problems. But then in Misano they brought us a new chassis, and since then I’ve only finished off the podium four times in 16 races. When that happened, everything shifted. This year nothing has really changed, so we’re building on that second half of last year. Everything has been going well.”
But Binder is not expecting an easy ride to glory at the Northamptonshire track. He explained: “Silverstone would be so great if the weather always played ball! But I’ve got a British passport, so I guess you could say I’m heading home for it in a way. I’m looking forward to it – I’m enjoying a block of races together, because it keeps me more focused on the goal.
“It’s Slipstream City though, and there’s going to be 20 guys fighting for first. It’s not a track where you can take a big advantage – there’s a lot of corners, but the straights are a bit too long, and they can always pull it back!”
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