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Brad Binder ready to build on dream start to MotoGP season

Brad Binder hopes to build on his excellent start to the season in which he finished second in the MotoGP of Qatar on Sunday.

The former Moto3 world champion lost at the Losail Circuit to Italian Enea Bastianini. But judging by the pace of his bike on the track, Red Bull KTM has struggled in the past, so Binder has every reason to be optimistic about his third season in motorsport’s premier class.

“If you had told me we would be second in Qatar after the first test, I would not have believed you,” said an ecstatic Binder after the race.

Binder started the race in Qatar like a house on fire, climbing from seventh to third in the first corner. He overtook Marc Marquez and moved into second behind Pol Espargaro, before Bastianini overtook Binder. The Italian then took the lead from Espargaro, who then ran wide into the corner, enabling the South African to recapture second place.

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Binder comfortably held on to second place and a late attack saw him cut Bastianini’s lead by more than a second to finish just 0.346 seconds behind the Italian. It was his third MotoGP podium after his two wins in his first two seasons in 2020 and 2021.

“Today was a good day. It was a great weekend. I knew we had a good level, but I had so much confidence and faith in the bike from start to finish,” said Binder.

“We have made such a big step. For us to be on the podium in Qatar is insane. Now we are looking for more!”

Although Binder’s teammate Miguel Oliveira did not finish the race, Red Bull KTM team manager Francesco Guidotti was still delighted with the start of the season.

“A near perfect start to the season and a well deserved result for Brad and the whole team. It was an incredible race pace, but he was able to control the speed. Let’s continue in this direction,” Guidotti said.

Brad Binder’s younger brother, Darryn, just missed a point in his debut MotoGP race by finishing 16th on a Yamaha. Brad, incidentally, finished 13th in his first MotoGP start at Jerez in Spain in 2020.

The next race is on March 12 in Indonesia.

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