News 27 Nov 2019

MotoGP adaptation 'hasn't been easy' says Binder

Rookie identifies improved riding style needed for premier class.

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MotoGP rookie Brad Binder admits adapting to the premier class machine hasn’t been easy over the Valencia and Jerez tests, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing contender identifying changes in his riding style will allow everything to ‘fall into place’.

Binder was 21st and 22nd respectively during the two days of testing at Jerez, and was one of only a few riders who hit the Spanish circuit in the wet on Tuesday to gain experience in different conditions.

“We decided to do a couple of laps when it was a little bit wet just to get the feeling of the new bike and that was really awesome,” said Binder. “I’m glad I got a chance to experience that. It’s been difficult these last two tests.

“It hasn’t been easy to adapt to the new bike but I think I’ve got a lot to think about now in the off-season and hopefully we can try to make a step in Sepang.

“I think I just need to improve my riding; my feeling with the front a little bit and just being able to have confidence to put the bike where I want to, especially on the entry to corners. I think once I get that right the rest will fall into place.”

The South African’s next time out on-track will be the Sepang test, scheduled for 7-9 February 2020.