• Brad Binder finished the Italian Grand Prix in eleventh place.
• The South African started in last place and fought his way through the field.
• Binder was not too happy about his performance throughout the weekend.
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Brad Binder, riding bike #33, made the most of long overdue sunny conditions at Gran Premio Nolan del Made in Italy e dell'Emilia-Romagna to take his Red Bull KTM Factory Racing RC16 to 11th position at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. This is the second outing at the circuit this season.
Miguel Oliveira was the most advanced KTM racer on the grid with 5th place, meaning a prime spot in the middle of the second row. Tech3 KTM Factory Racing pairing Iker Lecuona (8th) and Danilo Petrucci (9th) began the race from the best qualification ranking for the squad this season. After two days of rain, cold and damp, race day brought sunshine and a far better climate, although the switch did pose setup questions and doubts for the entire grid.
Sighting Lap tumble
Oliveira made a fantastic start to slot into the top four and competed with Pol Espargaro for most of the race for the last step of the rostrum. With four laps remaining, the Portuguese lost control and fell at Turn 14. Danilo Petrucci was luckless to be hit off the track by Joan Mir in the formative stages of the race, and Iker Lecuona was also out of the running shortly after due to a mistake at Turn 1.
Binder used his second bike to set off from 20th after a tumble on the Sighting Lap. The South African pushed through the pack, reached 15th and continued to search the limit with his setup, even sustaining a Long Lap penalty for touching track limits. Only a late surge from Valentino Rossi prevented Binder from taking 10th.
Portugal and Spain are the final two countries in the 2021 MotoGP series. A second spin around the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao will occur in a fortnight, and the season will close a week later at the Ricardo Tormo racetrack in Valencia.
Brad Binder: "All in all, I'd say that today is a day to forget. I felt quite good for the race and chose the harder tyre option. I wanted to feel what it was like on the Sighting Lap, but I didn't have my brakes warm enough to go down the back straight and locked up the front wheel. Not clever. That's the first time I've ever crashed on the Sighting Lap: not good at all. I tried hard in the race, and I felt like I was coming along, but I wouldn't describe it as solid. I'd like to know where I touched the green limits for the Long Lap. I'm really sorry to the team and all the guys for the confusing weekend. I'm glad Misano is over, and we'll do better in Portimao."
Mike Leitner, Red Bull KTM Race Manager: "Today is a bit frustrating because we were only a few laps from the podium, but then we had a crash on the slowest corner. It's a shame because Miguel had such a strong weekend, and it would have been a nice result for all of us. It's racing, and we have to deal with it. Brad didn't have an easy weekend, even from the out-lap, but he came back to 11th, and you cannot expect much more in this category when you start from the back of the grid. I hope we've had all the bad luck for the rest of the season in that race and also when it comes to the Tech3 guys, especially for Danilo, who had his last GP in Italy. We'll go to Portimao and hope for better."