Red Bull KTM’s Brad Binder pretty-much dismissed his top-ten position at the end of the Qatar MotoGP test, saying doing one fast lap means very little in the blue riband class.
Binder was surprised by the 1’54.283 he put in on the final day and almost immediately said that putting together 22 laps like that was where he needed to be. But it would be very difficult.
“Race distance is hard on this bike; on the MotoGP bike generally it’s a different story. The tyres drop, it starts to spin a lot more, when you lose the fuel how different the bike is crazy. I’ve a lot to learn and very quickly,” said Binder.
“We made a change and the bike got way better, It felt more comfortable to get the bike stopped and also to get it turned quickly and on the throttle earlier. Once we figured that out, it was easier to put a fast lap together.
“I put on a set of new tyres. I didn’t really expect it. I came across the line and was like, ‘jeez’. But it’s one thing to do a fast lap and it’s another thing to do 22 of them.”