Moto3: Binder ‘fighting for this was my goal’

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Moto3 championship leader Brad Binder has admitted that despite doing his best to not focus on the fight to be world champion just yet, his season so far is going according to the pre-season plan he and team boss Aki Ajo formulated.

The Red Bull KTM racer is now nearly two races clear of the chasing pack, as his three wins and four podiums from nine races means he holds a 47 point lead – and the South African says it’s all going to plan.

“It’s what I worked towards during preseason. It was my goal: To fight to be World Champion. The truth is that everything is going very well, and we have done a great job each week.

“The first Grand Prix at which I made a mistake was Assen, but it was only matter of time before something went wrong because until then had been great. In short, I am very happy with these good results and I’m going to stay focused until the end, working as I have before.”

And, while his sudden turn of form may be surprising some after scrapping in the lightweight for a number of years, he says it’s all down to his experience.

“The most important thing is to know your strengths and your weaknesses. The key is to get the most possible out of the things in which you feel strong, especially for the final laps.

“Experience also influences things. The more experience you have, the more respect you earn. I’ve been in Moto3 for a long time and that makes me feel strong.”

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer