Pol: KTM 'faster everywhere', Binder sets 'amazing' pace

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When Brad Binder ran off track on lap 7 of his MotoGP debut at Jerez on Sunday, he not only dropped from seventh to last, but lost 26.365s compared to his previous lap.The South African then recovered to 13th place by the time the chequered flag was waved but, incredibly, was only 29.640s behind race winner Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha).In other words, without the 26 seconds lost in his earlier mistake, Binder had the pace on paper to finish 3.275s behind Quartararo, which would equate to second place!"Brad was outstanding to be in the leading group until he saved his crash.
When Brad Binder ran off track on lap 7 of his MotoGP debut at Jerez on Sunday, he not only dropped from seventh to last, but lost 26.365s compared to his previous lap.

The South African then recovered to 13th place by the time the chequered flag was waved but, incredibly, was only 29.640s behind race winner Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha).

In other words, without the 26 seconds lost in his earlier mistake, Binder had the pace on paper to finish 3.275s behind Quartararo, which would equate to second place!

"Brad was outstanding to be in the leading group until he saved his crash. His comeback and lap-times were amazing," said Red Bull KTM team manager Mike Leitner.

"I locked up the front wheel a bit and when I put the angle to keep the bike turning I lost the front," Binder explained. "I just managed to pick it up and took a trip through the gravel, which messed up my race obviously and left me 26 seconds down."

The former Moto3 world champion was also the fastest man on track in four of the last five laps and feels he had a chance of finishing in the top five.

To put that into perspective, no KTM rider has ever finished a dry MotoGP race in the top five.

However, Binder was quick to warn it's unlikely he could have set the same lap times if he was battling intensely with other riders.

"I had great pace, but I was riding around on my own," Binder explained.

"When you are behind the other guys there is dirty air and it's quite different. It's not just slipstream down the straight but it is also under braking; it pulls you in and you…
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