Oliveira disputes Binder's account of Turn 1 KTM clash

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Tech 3 rider Miguel Oliveira says he disagrees with factory KTM counterpart Brad Binder's version of events which led to their Turn 1 crash in the MotoGP Andalusian Grand Prix.
Oliveira qualified a career-best fifth and as top KTM rider for the second race at Jerez, but a burning clutch meant he got a poor launch and was reeled in by Binder from ninth on the run to Turn 1.

As the field piled into the first corner, Danilo Petrucci threw his Ducati up the inside of Binder, who was caught unaware as he tipped in and had to stand the bike up. In doing so he clipped the rear of Oliveira's Tech 3 machine and sent his future factory KTM team-mate crashing heavily.

The incident was investigated by Race Direction, but no action was taken. Binder would crash out on lap 13 at the last corner.

Explaining his side of the story, Binder said: "As far as I was concerned, I was the only one on the inside. So, I never knew someone was going to come even tighter than I…
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