• The KTM team had a challenging weekend in Aragón.
• Brad Binder finished in 11th place.
• Binder says it was difficult to find a solution to their problems.
• For more motoring stories, go to www.Wheels24.co.za
A chilly autumn climate in Aragón greeted the tenth round of 2020 MotoGP.
Cold winds and low temperatures forced the Grand Prix schedule to be moved later in the day and to suit the safe operating range of the Michelin tyres.
The search for grip and consideration of tire wear were the two pressing issues for the Red Bull KTM contingent for the fourth outing on Spanish asphalt this season.
Brad Binder (KTM Press)
Top ten fringes
Pol Espargaro was joined by teammate Brad Binder and the Red Bull KTM Tech3 RC16s of Iker Lecuona and Miguel Oliveira as the quartet circulated on the fringes of the top ten for large stretches of the race. Espargaro was overtaken by Binder in the final phases, and the South African won the chase to 11th by only three-tenths of a second.
Behind Espargaro in 12th Lecuona passed the checkered flag in 14th for the rookie's sixth points-score in the last seven rounds. Oliveira was 16th.
Espargaro is 9th in the world championship standings with Oliveira 10th and Binder 11th.
Brad Binder said: "A challenging weekend in general. We had some good sessions but also somewhere it did not really work out for us. The whole team worked really hard, and we tried different things, but we couldn't find the solution. Today I rode my best and tried my hardest from lap one until the end.
"It was easy to fold the front end today, and we lacked some feeling there. It was hard to stay calm and not over-attack the corners. We've got the whole week to analyze and come back stronger next weekend."