Moto2: Zarco and Binder among riders sampling Red Bull Ring

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Reigning Moto2 world champion Johann Zarco and Moto3 championship leader Brad Binder have been among a number of riders from the junior classes who have sampled MotoGP’s newest circuit this week.

The Frenchman and the South African were joined by a number of riders in a private test at the Austrian track ahead of it’s first race next month – and Zarco says the nature of the circuit is going to make it interesting.

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“This test at the Red Bull Ring has been very positive. We’ve had two nice days, despite the rainfall at the end of the second day that led to us stopping. This is a very interesting circuit that is also very fast, given that it only has 9 corners.

“We’ve been fast with our lap times and had a good pace, but it’s difficult to find the place to improve with so few corners. It has been an interesting test and an important one for preparing the bike and trying out setups, suspensions, etc. To sum up, we’ve done a great job.”

However, Ajo teammate in the lower class Binder was much more positive about the test, admitting that the team make real progress as well as gaining an understanding of the circuit.

“These last two days have gone really well and I have enjoyed myself right from the first time out on track. The circuit is not particularly technical as it only has 9 corners, but what really matters here is that you push hard and make the most of each sector. It is possible to go fast at a particular point on the circuit but very difficult to do so throughout an entire lap.

“We have found some settings for the bike that have worked, I feel comfortable and our pace was really good. I want to take this opportunity to thank the team for the spectacular work they have done. Around 80% of the things we have tried have been positive, and that is not at all common at a test. We are ready for the race weekend.”

 

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

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