• Brad Binder rode a strong race at the 2021 MotoGP British Grand Prix.
• Having started in 12th, the South African finished the race in sixth place.
• The Red Bull KTM team rates the race as another difficult one.
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Brad Binder scored a sixth position at a bright but cool Silverstone circuit for the British Grand Prix and the twelfth round of 2021 MotoGP. Sunday's result now means he is sixth in the MotoGP standings with 108 points in the bag.
After the doubleheader at Red Bull Ring, MotoGP moved to the second-fastest circuit on the calendar and the longest layout. Silverstone's eighteen corners and near-6km length provided a technical test for both the riders and bike set-up and the choice between medium and hard compounds. Bright but windy and chilly summer conditions created a stable environment from Friday, and the 20-lap MotoGP race was run in the dry and with grippy asphalt.
Brad Binder was the most advanced RC16 rider on the grid and began from 12th and the fourth row. The South African weathered a sluggish start to rapidly pick up his speed and hover on the edge of the top ten. From this position, Binder became faster and more decisive with his overtaking moves to eventually worked his way to sixth as the series returned to the UK for the first time since the summer of 2019.
Positive results all-round
Equally proactive were Tech3 KTM Factory Racing riders Iker Lecuona and Danilo Petrucci. The Spaniard latched onto Binder's exhaust fumes and followed his brandmate up to seventh for his second-best result this season and his second-highest in almost two years of MotoGP. Petrucci made ground to 10th and his third top-ten standing so far with the RC16.
Miguel Oliveira was plagued with rear grip issues and finished one position outside the points in 16th. The Gran Premio Tissot de Aragón will take MotoGP to the climes of Spain and the MotorLand Aragon circuit for round thirteen in two weeks time.
Brad Binder: "Today was a solid day, all things considered. I had a tough start to the race and struggled a lot in the first few laps, but I got stronger and stronger as the race went on. I'm really happy with the rhythm I managed to keep until the end. I want to thank the team; this weekend has not been easy for us, and the guys have worked non-stop. We tried everything, and the best bike we had all weekend is the bike we had for the race."
Mike Leitner, Red Bull KTM Race Manager: "In general, we're quite pleased with the result. It was tricky for us to find the right set-up for this circuit from Friday. Silverstone is one of the tracks where we haven't done quite so many laps with our race package. In five years, MotoGP missed two races here, but Brad and Iker did a great job today and overtook many riders. Danilo also made a lot of forward progress. We tried to help Miguel with the set-up, but he was struggling with the rear grip. We'll go to Aragon hoping to start in a better way."