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

Motorcycle News (UK) - - 2016 Motorgp Silverstone Preview - By Si­mon Pat­ter­son MCN MO­TOGP RE­PORTER

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!”

Stay­ing with the same team has paid div­i­dends

Bin­derõs only been off the podium four times in 16 races

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