• Brad Binder crashed out of the Turuel Grand Prix.
• The rider takes full responsibility for not scoring points.
• Binder is 12th in the 2020 MotoGP championship.
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MotoGP completed the latest triple header on the 2020 schedule with a consecutive outing around the undulations and varied corners of the MotorLand Aragón layout.
Warmer temperatures greeted the Gran Premio Liqui Moly de Teruel - named after the province - and sunny skies helped riders and teams decipher the best tire choices for the eleventh fixture of the season in the premier class.
Red Bull KTM saw three riders launch from the first four rows of the grid for the 23-lap MotoGP race. Brad Binder's afternoon was over quickly after a collision with Jack Miller sent both riders tumbling into the gravel. Pol Espargaro and Miguel Oliveira circulated together during the formative stages with Iker Lecuona also close.
Turn 1 drama
Espargaro and Oliveira were able to make inroads to the top ten and reached seventh and eighth by the halfway stage. Espargaro kept pressing on and arrived to a decent 4th. Oliveira made progress and just lost out on a fifth-place by four-hundredths of a second after a drag-race to the line. Lecuona was ninth and equalled his best MotoGP classification (the other scored at the Austrian Grand Prix).
Brad Binder: "I had quite an 'OK' start, and as I went up the inside of Turn 1, I then changed direction like a regular lap and got bunched up. It was a big mistake on my behalf, and I'm so sorry to wipe out Jack's race. I want to apologize not only to my team but also to his. We'll have to restart and go again in Valencia."
Mike Leitner, Red Bull KTM Race Manager: "After a tough weekend last week, we had quite a big plan to change our bike strategy for this race. On Friday all four riders were trying things, and that gave us quite a good base for the second race weekend, so thanks to the teams for all their work. Three KTMs in the top ten is a good result. Pol, Miguel and Iker made a great race pace and were able to fight for positions, which was nice to see. We'll head to Valencia and try to make another good event."
Binder is currently 12th in the 2020 MotoGP championship on 67 points.