Binder regained ground from number 17 on the grid to 9th at Misano
The South African is the KTM rider with the highest revenue in the MotoGP ranking in sixth place
Petrucci only loses points for the home Grand Prix
The first of two visits to San Marino in the last five rounds of the 2021 MotoGP was a tough show for the teams and riders in sunny and hot conditions mixed with the risk of pouring rain. Free Practice 2 on Friday afternoon was already looming over the clouds at the time of Sunday afternoon’s 27-lap MotoGP race, raising fear of another drastic change in climate.
Eventually, the event dried up and the KTM MotoGP team started from the sixth, seventh and eighth rows of the grid with Binder ahead of 17th. South Africa immediately began to climb the rankings and moved beyond the limit of the top ten. The other drivers also made mistakes and wrestler Bender finished in 10th place and then tried to attack Takaki Nakagami in 9th and moved with five laps to go.
Danilo Petrucci of Tech3 KTM Factory Racing finished 16th, losing points, while Iker crashed into Lecona after 14 laps. Miguel Oliveira had a tough race after contact with Lecuona during the tight opening section destroyed some of his aerodynamic gift. The Portuguese completed the distance in 20.
MotoGP maintains a busy schedule. The penultimate test session of the year will take place in Misano on Tuesday and Wednesday, after which the teams will travel outside Europe only for the second time in 2021 to make the trip to North America. COTA in Austin, Texas will host round 15 and the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas on October 3.
Brad Pender: “Today I gave my best from the first lap to the end. I feel we have made an improvement from yesterday to today and this was clear from the morning and from the warm-up. We finished ninth when I struggled to make it into the top 17 all weekend, so the guys are working hard. We need to keep vaccinating. We have the test on the way, so we need more understanding and then we’ll go back to where we need to be ”.
Miguel Oliveira: “At the third corner I got tangled with Iker and he broke the left wing. After that it was difficult because the bike was unbalanced but I think that’s what can happen when we qualify at the bottom of the net. We need to find more speed “Qualify better; this is the immediate goal. Now. In the morning he seemed to be pedaling in the right direction and the race looked promising until the wing crash. At the time, I didn’t have the tools to do something better than what we have ”. Now we will divide the test work between what we need for the rest of the season and next year ”.
Iker Likouna: “We changed the bike a lot over the weekend. This morning at Warm Up we tried a different base. For the race we tried another base but somehow nothing worked. For the first 10 laps I was in the middle of the race set, fighting close to the top 10. In the end I lost my ass T.jar 4. I do not understand why. We’ll see if we can improve something during the tests because we have another race here in Misano ”.
Mike Leitner, Director of Red Bull KTM Racing: “The top ten is not a bad result and today we were close to eighth place. It was another difficult start for us in this GP with the wet sessions. As a group we are not satisfied with the ninth place but we have to be realistic and competitive this class means that if everything is not 100% it is difficult to fight for something else. Miguel was lucky to have a contact in the first corner and broke part of the race. aerodynamics, which hurt him. shame because he was so good after warming up and had a good feeling [for the race]. We can’t really judge this result today. The team worked well and worked hard. We now have two days of testing with some ideas for next year and I hope to have some features that could also arrive in these last four races ”.
MotoGP results Octo Grand Prix San Marino and Rimini Rivera 2021
1. Francesco Bagnaia (ITA) Ducati 41: 48.305
2. Fabio Quartararo (France) Yamaha +0.364.364
3. Enea Bastianini (ITA) Ducati +4.789
4. Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda +5.456.0000
5. Jack Miller (Australia), Ducati +10.469
9. Brad Bender (RSA), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +16.129.2020
16. Danilo Petrucci (ITA), Tech3 KTM Factory Racing +32,654.37
20. Miguel Oliveira (POR), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +37.202
DNF. Iker Lecuona (ESP), Tech3 KTM Factory Racing